One of the joys of this time of year is watching all the generations get together for a Christmas sing-along. Young children, families, mothers groups, seniors groups and teenagers - all converging on the one venue to sing in Christmas harmony. Although I had written an article called 30 Local Christmas Carols, Markets & Events in Canberra, 2016 - more and more carols kept getting advertised around the city. There are so many to choose from! So this list is just the Carols happening around the region each weekend. If you know of any more that haven't made this list, feel free to leave a comment on the bottom of this article with the details, to keep this list up to date. Get comfy for a quick list - but a long list!
Source: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Facebook (Sunday, December 18th)
Saturday, 3rd December Crace Christmas Carnival (Gungahlin) will be held at the recreation fields, starting from 4pm and leading into carols in the evening. There will be amusement rides, raffles, entertainment and so much more. See details here.
Twilight Market and Christmas Carols will be held at the Village Green in Murrumbateman (NSW), starting at 4pm. There will be food stalls and a twilight market, with carols starting at 7pm. See details here.
Carols By Candlelight 2016 will be held at Charles Weston Primary school in Coombs (Weston Creek), between 6pm - 9pm. As well as the carols, there will also be kids activities, a photo booth, local markets and a BBQ. See details here.
Pasko sa Canberra is a Christmas celebration at the Philippines in Embassy in Yarralumla (South Canberra), held between 10am - 6pm. Included in the day will be Christmas Carols for the family to enjoy. See details here.
Multicultural Christmas Carols will be held at Campbell Primary School Hall (close to the CBD) between 5pm - 6:30pm. They will be celebrating 13 years of this event, with community singing and participation from the Aboriginal, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean and Samoan Communities. This event is organised by the Canberra Christian Fellowship in the Methodist tradition. See details here.
12 Barks of Christmas Carols is an event for all dog lovers and will be held at the National Arboretum (close to the CBD) between 4pm - 7pm. Take your dog and enjoy Christmas Carols, markets, food, drink and Christmas festivities. All proceeds go towards the animals in care at the RSPCA ACT shelter. See details here.
Tongs and Songs is presented by Waters Edge Anglican community and will be held at Beltana Park in Googong (NSW), between 4pm - 6pm. Take a picnic blanket and sing along to the carols, with Victoria Street Brass leading the way. Also enjoy face painting, markets, gift stalls, food and more. See details here.
The Canberra Chordsmen Annual Showcase 2016 will be held at Wesley Uniting Church in Forrest (south of the CBD) between 4pm - 5:30pm. Canberra's premiere male barbershop chorus will showcase a night of musical entertainment featuring Beatles hits, classic barbershop tunes and carols to welcome in the Christmas season. See details here.
Christmas Fair - St Peter's Weston (Weston Creek) is a free evening of family fun with jumping castle, markets, Christmas Carols and more. Carols starts at 6:30pm. See details here.
Christmas Carols and Picnic at Lanyon Homestead is located on the way to Tharwa (Tuggeranong) and is a family friendly event with carols, crafts for kids, sausage sizzle and entertainment. Sing-a-long with the Sing Australia Choir and Tuggeranong Valley Band as the sun sets over the Brindabella's. Entry is $10 per car and the carols begin at 7pm. See details here.
Belconnen Christmas in the Park is organised by the Mosaic Baptist Church and will have singing, entertainment, kids activities, a petting zoo, jumping castles and more. The event begins at 5:30pm and the Carols program will be held between 7pm-9pm. See details here.
Forde Christmas in the Park will be held at Heritage Park (Gungahlin) from 4pm, organised by the Forde Community Association. There will be a sausage sizzle, face painting, craft stalls and Christmas Carols between 5pm - 5.30pm performed by the Amaroo School Choir. See details here.
Joyeux Noel is a Christmas celebration that is to be held at the Salvos in Braddon (CBD), between 2pm - 6pm. As well as a host of other family entertainment, Christmas Carols will begin at 5pm. See details here.
Carols in the Park will be held at Queanbeyan Park (NSW) between 6pm - 9pm. Santa will make an appearance during the night, direct from the north pole. For more details, and to download your songbook, see here.
Combined Churches Christmas Carols Service will be held at Gungahlin Uniting Church starting at 7pm. This combined Carols event is organised by the Gungahlin Uniting Church, Northpointe Baptist Church, Gungahlin Salvation Army Church, Every Nation Church and Cornerstone Christian Church. See details here.
Harrison Christmas Carols will be held at Mullion Park (Gungahlin), organised by Northside Life Church. This is an event for Harrison locals to get together, however all are welcome. Lay out a picnic blanket, watch the kids play and enjoy the singing from 6:30pm. Santa will be making an appearance at 7pm. See details here.
Carols For Our Community will be held at the Life Unlimited Church in Charnwood (Belconnen), for an afternoon and evening of Christmas cheer. The carols will be held at two, family friendly times of 4pm and 6:30pm. See details here. A Special Christmas Concert at the High Court (CBD) is an annual choral performance, held in their high ceiling acoustic foyer. Helen Moore and Canberra soloist Louise Page join together with the Luminescence Chamber Singers for this Christmas Concert for all ages. Tickets need to be bought online and are not available at the door. Concert time is 1:30pm. See details here.
Woden Valley Alliance Church Carols and festivities will be held at their church grounds at Waramanga (Woden), starting from 5:30pm. There will be a free BBQ, bouncy castle, petting zoo, glitter tattoo and face painting, followed by the singing of Christmas Carols. See details here and below.
Carols By Candlelight will be held at 7pm at Stage 88 at Commonwealth Park (CBD). The Woden Valley Youth Choir will be once again performing, accompanied by the Canberra City Band. Take a picnic dinner, buy a candle for charity and enjoy the night with family and friends. See details here. A Christmas Concert at the National Library of Australia (CBD) will be held at lunchtime (12:30pm - 1:15pm), with favourite carols and music from across the centuries. See details here.
Friday, 16th December
St Mary in the Valley Calwell Christmas Carols (Tuggeranong) is an annual event at Calwell Shopping Centre, starting at 6pm. See details here.
Saturday, 17th December
The Llewellyn Choir's Christmas Concert will be held at Wesley Uniting Church in Forrest starting at 6pm. There will be various styles of singing as well as traditional Christmas Carols. See details here.
Carols in Town Park at Tuggeranong Park is a night of carols featuring Amber Nichols (from "The Voice"), jumping castles, pony rides and more. The event begins at 5pm and is run by the Salvation Army. See details here. Carols on Condamine is an event held at the North Canberra Baptist Church in Turner. Beginning at 5:30pm, there will be a free BBQ, traditional carols and readings on the lawn. See details here.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held at John the Baptist Church Canberra (CBD), from 6pm. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is based on a service which has been held in Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, since 1918. The service includes Advent hymns, carols and nine readings from the Bible. See details here.
Community Carols at Hughes Baptist Church (Woden) will begin at 5pm with a sausage sizzle and then the carols will begin at 6pm. There will also be a "special children's guest" on the evening. See details here.
Saturday, 24th December
A Program for Christmas Eve will be held at the National Carillon on Lake Burley Griffin between 6:30pm - 7:30pm, where the bells will be rung to Christmas carols and songs. Although not strictly a "carols", you can sing along if you recognise the tune, whilst spending Christmas Eve by the lakeside. See details here.
You made it! Enjoy the Carols and festive season for 2016. Merry Christmas!