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Knox Carols by Candlelight

Knox City Council's annual Carols by Candlelight event brings together a range of local and national performers to celebrate the festive season and provide a fun-filled evening of family entertainment.

About the event

Our virtual Carols by Candlelight will be held on Saturday 11 December, 7.15 pm to 10 pm. View more event details via the Knox website.

You can watch the event via the Arts and Events facebook.

Event program

Kids entertainment – 7.15 pm

Lah-Lah is Australia’s premiere band for young children. They will perform original Australian songs influenced by a diverse palette of musical genres.

Join these quirky characters for a special Christmas show as part of Knox Carols.

Knox Factor winners announced – 7.45 pm

Knox Factor is a talent competition for aspiring vocalists from 5 years to 25 years of age. Competitors either live, study, work or play within Knox.

Tune in to hear the winners announced for the 2021 competition and take a sneak peek at some of the amazing talent here in Knox.

Main carols concert – 8 pm

  • Welcome to Country with Wurundjeri Elder
  • Address by Mayor of Knox
  • Craig Irvine, Master of Ceremony (MC)
  • Kylie Auldist, Principle Artist
  • Andrew Swift, Principle Artist
  • The McNaMarr Project
  • Director of Music, Lieutenant David Coit leading The Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne
  • Tracy Kennedy and Stephanie McCorkelle, vocalists for The Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne
  • The Chime Choir
  • Knox Factor 2020 winner, Lynn Ng
  • Christmas message by Knox Interfaith Network
  • 3D Arts presents Santa’s Arrival

Thank you to our program partner, the Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne.

Carols by Candlelight Songbook

The Knox Carols by Candlelight Songbook for 2021 is now available for download.

The songbook includes sing-along lyrics, Christmas morning quiz and colouring in. Accessible, text-only songbooks are also available in Word format.


Closed Captions will be available throughout the Knox Carols program, along with large print versions of the Carols Songbook.


Kylie Auldist

Kylie Auldist is the soulful voice behind the 2016 worldwide hit ‘This Girl’ (Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners). She’s also the leading lady of Australian funk/soul stalwarts ‘the Bamboos’ and a celebrated solo artist in her own right.

Described by The Music Magazine as “Melbourne’s high priestess of soul”, Kylie was born to sing. Kylie comes from the small farming town of Hay, New South Wales. She was introduced to music at an early age and recorded her first song at 6 years old.

From humble beginnings, Kylie has grown to become one of Australia’s most respected, versatile and accomplished performers.

For more information, visit Kylie Auldist's website.

Andrew Swift

A friendly bard of the road, a soulful troubadour, a tattooed mountain of a man who tours in tiny caravans – Andrew Swift is many things.

Embraced whole-heartedly by Australia’s country music scene, Swift's musical background is diverse. A shuffle played, genre-defying, jukebox of wild assortment – Swift’s creative resume covers:

  • country sub-genre staples such as Americana and bluegrass
  • power-pop
  • punk-rock
  • indie

For more information, visit Andrew Swift's website.

The McNaMarr Project

Award-winning blues artists John McNamara and Andrea Marr have many years and accolades to their names.

They started working together in May 2018 after their albums 'Rolling with It' and 'Natural' both had chart success in Australia and in the US. Between them, they garnered 7 nominations at the 2018 Australian Blues Music Awards. At these awards, John won Song of the Year.

For more information, visit The McNaMarr Project facebook.

Lynn Ng

A 17-year-old who loves to write, sing and produce her own original material, Lynn started songwriting at 10 years old. She loves to entertain others by singing and accompanying herself on the guitar or piano.

Lynn gets her songwriting inspiration from different perspectives of life. She listens to many different genres of music such as Pop and Contemporary R&B.

You can watch Lynn's music videos via her YouTube channel.

The Chime Choir

Renowned performer and educator Kevin Casey founded the Chime Choir in 1984. The choir began as a teaching choir for young singers. Kevin's passion for musical excellence laid the foundations for Chime to evolve into the choir it is today.

The choir's diverse membership is united by the desire to sing choral music that speaks to the heart and mind. The choir's music explores the world – past, present, and emerging.

For more information, visit The Chime Choir's facebook.

Royal Australian Navy Band

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Band Melbourne is based at HMAS Cerberus, Westernport, Victoria. The band consists of about 35 full-time members under the musical direction of Lieutenant David Coit. Some Naval Reserve Musicians also compliment the band as needed.

RAN Band Melbourne continues a tradition of providing ceremonial support to the Navy’s premiere training establishment, HMAS Cerberus. It also supports:

  • the ‘Cradle of the Navy’, the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School
  • the Australian Defence Force School of Music
  • other Defence establishments around Melbourne, reaching as and far as RAAF Sale

Ceremonial support is usually provided as a full 35 piece military marching band. It can also take the form of:

  • bugle calls
  • vocal support for national anthems
  • drum corps
  • fanfare teams
  • collaboration with the RAN Indigenous Performance Group – Bungaree

For more information, visit the RAN Band Melbourne website.

3d Arts (featuring Santa)

3d Arts is a charitable, not-for-profit, urban arts organisation. Their goal is to create opportunities for young people to reach their potential through the performing arts.

3d Arts's vision is to raise up a generation of industry leaders who shape and strengthen culture. 3d Arts believes in making work that:

  • creates positive social change
  • provides hope
  • brings transformation

For more information, visit the 3d Arts website.

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