With plenty of opportunities to sing a candlelit carol or two and get into the festive spirit, make sure you grab your picnic rug and warm up your vocal chords before you head on down to lend your voice to your local community's Carols by Candlelight.
Hosted by Kew Churches Together and featuring the Kew Band, there will be kids activities, local artists and a community market. BYO picnic or choose from a sausage sizzle and spring rolls on the night.
2. Thursday 5 December 2013, from 6pm, Richmond
The City of Yarra's annual Carols by Candlelight will be held at Citizens Park (corner Highett & Gleadell Sts, Richmond).
Enjoy performances by the Australian Boys' Choir and Fitzroy's own community choir, The KeyTones and grab a bite to eat from refreshment stalls run by local Bridge Road businesses.
3. Saturday 7 December 2013, 4pm - 10pm, Ferntree Gully
Celebrate the end of an exciting 50th year as a municipality at the City of Knox's Carols by Candlelight. Held at Wally Tew Reserve, Brenock Park Drive, Ferntree Gully, there will be an appropriately spectacular line up featuring Sarah De Bono from The Voice and the ever wonderful Rhonda Burchmore.
With a special early start for the kids at 4pm, enjoy face painters, a fairground, art and craft stalls and a variety of food options. Hang in there for a visit from Santa himself and see the night sky lit up with a festive fireworks display.
4. Sunday 8 December 2013, 6.30pm - 10pm, Croydon
Santa and his reindeer are coming to town at Melba College Oval, Brentnall Rd Croydon for the Maroondah City Council's Carols by Candlelight. Come at 6.30pm for the pre-carols entertainment, bring your picnic rug and basket or choose from a variety of food available for purchase.
The carol singing will kick off at 7.30pm together with local community acts and will culminate in a magnificent fireworks display.