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Knox Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 1 December 2018
Wally Tew Reserve, Brenock Park Drive, Ferntree Gully

Family Activities from 4pm
Carols Pre-show, featuring Knox Factor Grand Final from 5:30pm
Main Carols by Candlelight Show from 8pm
Fireworks 10pm

Knox Carols by Candlelight is a free event that warmly welcomes everyone in our diverse community to come together to enjoy the spirit of Christmas and celebrate community life at its best.

Council proudly presented a wonderful range of entertainment from talented local acts to nationally acclaimed artists and musicians and dancers. This year saw a stunning pre-show program featuring the grand finalists of the Knox Factor at Carols.

This year’s spectacular Carols program was artfully developed by our talented program director, Peter Grant, OAM and delighted audiences of all ages.

Program Features

Event Basics 4pm to 10:15pm

  • Chill out space
  • Delicious food vendors
  • First Aid tent
  • Event Access Key – accessibility planning ahead guide
  • Onsite accessibility features
  • Program and Songbook

Free Family Activities 4pm – 8pm

  • Arts and Craft market – Christmas gifts
  • Kids Inflatable Fun Park
  • Christmas craft workshops

Pre-Show Entertainment 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Main Carols Concert 8pm – 10pm

  • Address by Mayor of Knox, Cr Jake Keogh
  • Welcome to Country with Wurundjeri Elder
  • Craig Irvine, Master of Ceremony (MC)
  • Karen Lee Andrews, Vocal Soloist
  • Director of Music, Lieutenant Andrew Stokes leading The Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne
  • Kirsten Hobbs and Stephanie McCorkelle, vocalists for The Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne
  • Urban Praise Gospel Choir
  • Taylah Paull and Amy Smith, Knox Factor winners 2017 & 2018.
  • Christmas message by Pastor Jenny Phillips
  • Candle lighting ceremony with members of the Knox Interfaith Network
  • Dancers Edge performances
  • Special guest: Santa and his friendly Elf

Fireworks Display approximately 10:00pm to 10:15pm

About Your Key Artists

Ms Murphy

Karen Lee Andrews, Principle Artist

Karen Lee Andrews (Formerly known by her stage name ‘Ms Murphy’) came into the public’s awareness in 2013, through her soul slaying performances on TV’s hit show, The Voice Australia. Karen has that rare gift to communicate the unspeakable. Cameron Adams, from the Herald Sun, says, “…she has one of those authentic sounds you hear, even through the gloss of TV, you can tell she has lived and loved.” Her sensibility allows the audience to surrender to the music, the experience is mutually warm and commanding.

In a church hall Karen discovered the depths of her voice. As a young woman, she dedicated herself to gospel hymns and was called upon to lead the church band as music director. The duty was a natural fit: growing up around her mother’s large Polynesian family had instilled in her the role of music in bringing people together.
Karen brings the beauty of soul and gospel to her Carols, and we loved having her on the Knox Carols stage in 2018!

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability


Carols by Candlelight celebrates International Day of People with Disability, through offering some key event features to support our community

  • Access Key: An online accessible experience guide that provides prediction and orientation for people with disability and anxiety provided by Access Ability Australia
  • Chill-out space: where gentle arts and crafts and relaxation space gives a respite from large crowds, noise, lights and fireworks
  • Auslan: on stage sign interpreters throughout the main show.
  • Marveloo: an accessible restroom that caters for people with disability and their carers located near the Sports Pavilion
  • Accessible parking: located within the reserve alongside the oval, entry from Glenfern Road.

2018 Knox Carols by Candlelight Access Key

Download the 2018 Knox Carols by Candlelight Access Key
Text Only PDF HERE

Image of Urban Praise Choir for Carols by Candlelight 2018

Urban Praise, Choir

Urban Praise is a celebration of faith and diversity; this multicultural gospel choir presents the unique sound of modern urban gospel music. The choir brings together a talented group of singers and musicians from over all of Melbourne and provides a hand clapping, joy filled experience to those who hear them. Over the last 12 years under the leadership of Jerome and Jenny Phillips, the Urban Praise Ministry has grown and now consists of a committed Choir and an 12 +Piece Band from over 10 different cultures. Urban Praise has a large following from across Melbourne it was delightful having them support the 2018 Knox Christmas Carols.

Royal Australian Navy Band, Melbourne

The Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne is based at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. It is one of two bands of professional full time musicians stationed at naval establishment who came together for the Knox Carols to support our soloists, and delivered a commanding performance from soft moving hymns to upbeat Carols and crowd favorites.


Download the Knox Carols by Candlelight 2018 Map HERE

2018 Knox Carols by Candlelight Program

Download the 2018 Knox Carols by Candlelight Program HERE

Event Partners

Major Partners

Program Partners

Pictures from the event are over on our Facebook page.

Knox Carols by Candlelight is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event.

Photos from Knox Carols by Candlelight 2018

Here is a collection of photos taken at the 2018 Knox Carols by Candlelight. Click a photo to view the full size photo.
Carols 2018 - Mayor KeoghCarols 2018 - Welcome to CountryCarols 2018 - Urban PraiseCarols 2018 - DancersCarols 2018 - FireworksCarols 2018 - CandlelightersCarols 2018 - Santa on Stage
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