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Behind the scenes at Carols
December might seem far away, but here at Carols by Candlelight HQ, we’re preparing something extraordinary. When our community comes together on Christmas Eve, we’ll light our candles to support kids who are blind or low vision to live the life they choose. And with only a couple of months to go, we’re busy planning a truly magical evening.
So what fills a typical October day for the Carols team?
Team meetings on the priorities across marketing, artwork, logistics, sponsorship, media and communications.
Taking our office dog for a training walk. Reggie is a Seeing Eye Dog in training, and a crucial part of the team.
Meeting potential new sponsors to discuss the exciting activities they can help us with
Talking about ticketing with our friends over at Ticketmaster.
Checking our supplies of glow sticks, candles, and candle holders.
Marching around the Sidney Myer Music Bowl to find the best lawn spot and a million other tasks to bring us closer to Christmas!
We can’t wait to tell you all about the wonderful plans we have for December 24th at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Keep your eyes open for our updates on tickets, competitions, and the latest news on all things Carols. We’ll be making Christmas brighter than ever!
14 Sep 2018
Carols through the years
Carols has a fantastic rich history that spans over 80 years! Here are some of our favourite snippets from the early years of this wonderful Christmas festival.
While Norman Banks is known as the driving force behind the creation of Carols by Candlelight, it was his secretary, Dot Dawson, who coined the iconic event name.
The proceeds of Carols during the years of World War 2 were shared between the Red Cross and the Comforts Fund, supporting Australian soldiers both returned and abroad.
In 1943, greetings from Lord Mayors across the world – including London, Ottawa, Capetown, Wellington, and even New York – were broadcast to crowds at Alexandra gardens during the event.
1949 saw the first major international spin-off, with a Carols by Candlelight event taking place in England. The Melbourne organisers sent a package of candles and sticks as a gesture of well-wishes.
In 1956, Carols was broadcast by television station GTV9 via three cameras – and expected to reach as far as Ararat, 160 miles away from transmission!
For a number of years through the 1950s, a parade of torch bearers would proceed through the grounds before the performances began. They were typically young women dressed in white flowing gowns.
Do you have a fascinating fact about the history of Carols by Candlelight? You can contact us to share your stories!
14 Sep 2018