‘Tis the season for Carols

HOBART residents will be singing when the annual Carols by Candlelight returns to the city on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December.

Held at St David’s Park, the Your Habitat Hobart Carols by Candlelight will feature a range of family entertainment, a visit from Santa and much-loved Christmas sing-alongs.

Hosted by accomplished actress Jane Longhurst, the event will also include performances by local talent Grace Ovens, Josh Direen, Jeremy Pyefinch, Cassie Ogle and Martine Holliday, all who won major awards at this year’s City of Hobart Eisteddfod.

Performers will be accompanied by the City of Hobart Carols by Candlelight School Choir and the Taroona High School Senior Concert Band.

Your Habitat Hobart Carols by Candlelight is a free family event with gates opening from 5pm both nights for 8.15pm starts, concluding at 10pm.

Entry is via three gates to St David’s Park (Sandy Bay Road, corner of Davey Street and Salamanca Place and corner of Davey Street and Sandy Bay Road).

All patrons must have tickets prior to the event due to strictly limited numbers.

Tickets are available from Your Habitat (72 Liverpool Street, Hobart) Hobart Council Centre (16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart) Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre, (1 Davies Avenue, Hobart), Centrepoint Car Park Information Booth and Elizabeth Street Mall Information Booth.


Your Habitat Hobart Carols by Candlelight important event information


What to bring:

You must bring your free ticket for entry. No tickets will be available at the gate on either night.

Rugs and cushions.

Ground style seating – chairs with low backrests only.


Coffee is available onsite for purchase. Patrons are welcome to bring their own picnics and beverages.

Your best Christmas singing voice and Christmas spirit.

As this is a family event it is alcohol restricted. Please only bring small quantities of alcohol with you in line with safe drinking standards.

Alcohol will not be sold on site. Intoxication will not be permitted.


What not to bring:

Pets (except assistance animals).

No high backed or elevated chairs, beanbags or inflatable furniture.

Large umbrellas.

Sparklers / fireworks.

Tents or marquees.

Hard-sided hampers, coolers and eskies.

Any item which may impede other people’s enjoyment of the show or deemed dangerous.


Available on site:

Event programs, Santa hats, glo candles and other Christmas merchandise will be available onsite from Variety – the Children’s Charity.



Your Habitat Hobart Carols by Candlelight is a non-smoking event under the Tasmanian State Government’s Smoke Free Management Plan for Public Events.

Patrons will need to leave St David’s Park to smoke.

Butt Out containers will be provided outside of the Park environment at designated smoking areas.



Argyle Street car park will be open until 11pm on both nights.


Free Metro Bus service

Metro buses are providing a free bus service to and from the event each night for ticket holders. Simply show your ticket to the bus driver for the following services.


On Saturday 12 December

Free travel for ticket holders on any inbound Metro Tasmania route to Hobart City between 4pm and 8pm, and any outbound Metro Tasmania route from Hobart City between 9.30pm and11pm.


On Sunday 13 December

Free travel with for ticket holders on any inbound Metro Tasmania route to Hobart City between 4pm and 8pm.

Three free charters departing at 10.15pm from Davey Street between Murray St and Sandy Bay Rd as follows:

Route 74 to Blackmans Bay via Kingston and Southern Outlet

Route 117 to Gagebrook via Bridgewater and Main Road (all stops).

Route 615 to Camelot Park via Shoreline and Eastlands


Wet weather

Your Habitat Hobart Carols by Candlelight has never been cancelled in recent times, and it will proceed even if it is slightly raining, so please watch the weather forecast and be prepared to come along with a raincoat.

In the unlikely event that the weather creates extremely hazardous conditions such as extreme winds, heavy rain, flooding or potential fire danger, a decision will be made whether to stage the event.

Listen to radio station partner 7HOFM 101.7 for event updates.

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