Carols by Candlelight

Dig out the reindeer headbands and don your Santa hats, it’s time to get festive at our 38th annual Carols by Candlelight. 

Pack the kids and a picnic rug and head down to Ruffey Lake Park on Friday 13 December for a night of fun.


Kids Zone - 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Plenty of pre-show fun, free activities and entertainment for the kids, including face painting, a jumping castle, giant games, Santa photos and more. 

Pre-show stage entertainment - 6.30pm

Enjoy Carols favourites and upbeat tunes from children’s entertainers Pevan and Sarah and local act Beyond Melbourne.

Main Concert - 8.00pm

Former X Factor Australia winner Isaiah Firebrace, will headline this year's event with support from a host of wonderful talent including Eurovision: Australia Decides finalist and Manningham’s own Leea Nanos. There will also be a special visit from the big man, Santa Claus himself!  

Fireworks - 10.00pm 

Don’t miss a spectacular five minute fireworks finale.  

Food and glow novelties

Pack a picnic or choose from a selection of Melbourne’s finest food stalls and trucks, coffee and snacks for purchase, as well as the ever popular glow novelties and candles.

On the night

Manningham Carols by Candlelight is a smoke-free, family friendly event.

There will be an ATM and toilets on site.

Visit the information tent for a free child’s wristband to write your contact details and secure around your child’s wrist - in case you and your child get separated.

We’re also encouraging everyone to help us minimise waste this festive season, so bring your own re-usable drink bottles to fill up at the free water station.

What to bring

A torch, comfortable shoes, picnic rug, re-usable water bottle, warm clothes and plenty of Christmas spirit.

Please leave at home

Tents, marquees, glassware, video or recording equipment, pets, fireworks or pyrotechnics of any type.


Accessible parking will be provided via The Boulevard off George Street.

Fully accessible toilets including the full equipped mobile facility Marveloo will be on site for those in need and their carers.

A large screen and Auslan interpreters will make the event accessible for everyone.

Getting there and parking

Parking is limited, plan ahead and if possible walk, cycle or get dropped off at the event.

Free event parking is available via King Street with a shuttle bus service operating throughout the evening to and from the event area.

Road closures

To minimise disruption for local residents, parking restrictions will be in place in the streets surrounding Ruffey Lake Park.

Road closures will take place within Clancys Lane, Cantala Drive (including side streets), Miller Place, Earl Street, Botanic Drive, Church Road, McCallum Road, Astran Place, Roseland Grove and Anarth Street from 4.00pm to 11.00pm on Friday 14 December. The Boulevard off George Street will also be closed to through traffic.

If you live in this area, we will let you know about road closures and provide permits before the event.

Your family pets

We encourage you to leave your pets at home so they don’t get frightened by the night’s fireworks. The fireworks finale will commence around 10.00pm and will run for approximately 5 minutes. If you live in nearby streets, secure your family pets in a safe, comfortable location or bring them into your house during the display.

Song book

We are trying to reduce the impact on the environment and won’t be providing printed copies of the Carols song book this year.  An electronic copy will be available for you to download shortly.  

Support Local

Come and support the local community groups involved in this year’s event:

Rotary Club of Templestowe * Salvation Army Manningham * Manningham District Girl Guides * Flicker of Hope * Manningham Churches Working Together * Whitehorse Manningham Libraries * Rotary Club of Manningham 


Manningham Carols by Candlelight is proudly presented by Manningham Council.

Thank you to our event sponsors Barry Plant, Stockland The Pines, Krispy Kreme, Leader89.9 LightFM and Medibank.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest for food vendors, performers and community stalls have now closed. Contact us to be put on the mailing list for our 2020 Carols by Candlelight event.


Map of Ruffey Lake Park for Carols 2019


Friday 13 December 2019, 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Ruffey Lake Park
267 George Street
Doncaster VIC 3108
More Info

For further information, please contact the Business and Events team on 9840 9333 or email