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Knox Carols by Candlelight

Knox Carols
Knox Carols by Candlelight
Residents at Carols
Harrison Craig
Immogen Spendlove

Entertainment for everyone!

Knox's Carols by Candlelight returned in 2016 with an amazing program of festive favourites and star performers.

This year’s show was headlined by special guest stars, The Voice Australia winner Harrison Craig and local singing sensation Imogen Spendlove. They were supported by more than 150 performers and musicians, including:

  • The Australian Navy Band
  • Critically acclaimed comic trio, the Trash Test Dummies lit up the pre-show entertainment with a spellbinding mix of circus arts, clowning, acrobatics and comedy
  • Santa’s cheeky elf, Gilweezel stumbled back onto centre stage to shake up Christmas yet again!
  • Last year’s Knox Factor winner and runner-up realised their dream of performing in front of their largest ever audience

There was a special appearance by Santa Claus and a spectacular fireworks display ended a fantastic night!

Pictures from the event are over on our Facebook page.

Carols celebrates International Day of People with Disability

Knox Carols by Candlelight is council’s flagship Access and Inclusion event, and this year fell on the International Day of People with Disability.

The International Day of People with Disability celebrates and recognises the achievements of people with disabilities. It aims to showcase the skills, abilities, contributions and achievements of people with disabilities.

Partnering agencies Knox City Council, Scope, iDareU and Vision Australia hosted 'Market Your Gifts' - a unique market showcasing handmade goods (including arts and craft) that can be purchased. The market celebrates the achievements and contributions of people with a disability.

For more information about these stallholders, contact Council's Metro Access Officer on 9298 8000.


To celebrate this important day, Knox Council prepared the Wally Tew Reserve to cater for people with a wide range of needs including:

  • Auslan sign interpreterson stage throughout the night able to be viewed via two large screens adjacent to the stage area.
  • Carols songbook, published in a large print text and also braille.
  • Sighted guides were available for guests who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Pro floor to assist mobility users to move on and off the oval.
  • Accessible parking (entrance via Glenfern Road).
  • Accessible toilets.
  • Accessible ramp onto the stage.

The stars of the show in 2016

Harrison Craig

Melbourne’s Harrison Craig first made his mark on Australia in 2013, wining the second series of The Voice Australia. At a young age, Harrison found that singing was a remedy to his stutter, becoming a place of peace and contentment. Over the past three years, Harrison has set records on the ARIA charts with two new albums. His first album, More Than a Dream achieved platinum status; Harrison played to sold out shows on
 a national tour spanning five months. His second album L.O.V.E. achieved gold status and remained in the top 10 album charts for six weeks. Harrison has had the unique experience of working with the likes of Seal, David Foster, Baz Luhrmann, songwriter Diane Warren, Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees) and Olivia Newton-John.

Watch some of Harrison's performances

Imogen Spendlove

At 16 years old, local singer songwriter Imogen Spendlove has built up a reputation for her unstoppable vocals and powerful stage presence. With a strong jazz R&B sound, Imogen's voice has been described as flawless, rich and brilliant. A veteran principal vocalist with the Victorian State School Spectacular for the last 7 years, she has developed a strong fan base with over 7.5 million views and 8000 subscribers on YouTube. She has appeared on Young Talent Time, The Voice Kids and even sung for Royalty. In 2016, she had a near sell-out season at the Melbourne Cabaret festival and Chapel off Chapel and is looking forward to performing again at Knox Carols this Christmas. Imogen is honoured to be performing for her local community at this year’s Knox Carols by Candlelight.

Watch some of Imogen's performances

The Royal Australian Navy Band

The Royal Australian Navy Band is one of Australia’s most prominent and respected military bands. For more than 100 years, musicians and leaders of the Royal Australian Navy Band have proudly taken the message and music of Australia to the world.

Find out more about the Royal Australian Navy Band

Volunteering at Carols

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with your local community, meet new people and learn new skills. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at next year's Carols by Candlelight, please contact the Festival and Events team on 03 9298 8000 or email

For more information about getting involved with other events, please visit our How to volunteer at Knox festivals and events page.

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