Carols by Kingston

Next date: Sunday, 11 December 2022 | 06:30 PM to 10:00 PM

performers on stage at Carols by Kingston

Carols by Kingston is just around the corner and is the perfect excuse to bring your family together and enjoy a night out in Kingston. 

This celebration of the Festive Season will take place on Sunday 11 December at Bicentennial Park in Chelsea. The event will feature a number of food vendors, live performances, kids activities, community barbecue and fireworks.

Santa will make an appearance and the Kids' Christmas Activity Area (Santa's Workshop) will also be back by popular demand!

LED candles will be on sale with proceeds going to the Kingston Charitable Fund. 

Gather your family, grab a blanket and enjoy the Christmas spirit!

Performers

David Hobson

Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia’s best known operatic and recording artists. 

He has sung many roles for Opera Australia including his award-winning performances as Rodolfo (La Boheme) and the title role in Orphee.  Other roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), the title role in Candide, and Danilo in Opera Queensland’s The Merry Widow.

David has crossed over in to the area of music theatre playing the lead role of Caractacus Potts in the national tour Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Buddy in the concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl. 

Special engagements include a performance in the Great Hall, Canberra for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and singing the national anthem at varied sporting events. He is also well known from his appearances on Carols by Candlelight. Much in demand as a solo concert performer, David has toured nationally with Yvonne Kenny, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune, and Rachael Beck. With close friend, Marina Prior, he has performed over 150 concerts around Australia with their show The Two of Us.

David has recorded numerous albums with many reaching No 1 chart status and has won awards including Operatic Performer of the Year, the Sydney Critics Circle Award, The Age Performing Arts Award for Best Performer in Opera and an Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Award.

Isaiah Firebrace

Isaiah has transformed his life from a small town singer from Echuca-Moama, to one of the highest streamed First Nations pop artist in the world. Along the way he’s won The X Factor, represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest (finishing 9th) and is signed to Sony Music Australia.

Across 2021 and 2022, Isaiah continues to perform on TV shows including The Masked Singer (Australia Season 2) and high-profile events across the country including feature artist at The Sydney Opera House on Australia Day where he sang live from The Twelve Apostles in Victoria. A magic TV moment.

Isaiah has released his first children’s book called ‘Come Together’ – 20 things all school children should know about First Nations Culture, as he is using his journey to petition for Aboriginal history to be taught in schools across Australia. The book is available through Hardie Grant Publishers and is a great Christmas gift for children. 

CC Dewar

16-year-old CC performs widely as a vocalist, actor and now Chadwick model.

CC is a professional Jazz singer, and in January 2022 joined the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) as part of the Improvising Vocals program. She was also the youngest finalist in the Generations In Jazz Vocal Scholarship for 2022.

She made her musical theatre debut in 2019 as Rafiki in Lion King Jr. at Chapel Off Chapel, followed by Pilar in Legally Blonde Jr., and then Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray Jr. in 2021. This year she played Medda Larkin in Newsies Jr. to sold out crowds.

CC has appeared on TV and in 2021 she was cast in a lead role in NBC/Universal’s “Woody Woodpecker 2” for Netflix, which is due for release in early 2023.

Jackson Kemelfield

Jackson Kemelfield is a Kingston local and regular at MOJO‘s “Jazzaoke”. At 14 years old, Jackson made his Kingston carols debut, three years and many covid lockdowns later, he’s taking to the Bicentennial Park stage once more to sing Christmas tunes.

Jackson has been singing Jazz and musical theatre classics since his first days in kindergarten and is now branching out into pop-rock for his role as Moritz in Steven Sater’s Broadway success “Spring Awakening” put on by the Young Australian Broadway Chorus on the 12th-21st of January 2023.

Nina Ferro

Nina Ferro is an International multi award-winning singer, songwriter, session and recording artist with a powerful, evocative voice, impressive vocal range and captivating stage presence.

Nina has made guest appearances on ARIA award winning albums and appeared on TV, radio and in print media across the globe. Nina opened as the special guest artist for Tony Bennett, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Juanes and Grammy Award winning industry legends Gregory Porter, Charles Aznavour and Neil Sedaka.

You’ll find Nina’s vocal talents on Film & TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars, The Masked Singer, Australia’s Got Talent, X Factor, I Mother (Netflix). Not to mention wowing not only the judges but also Aussie audiences when she appeared on Season 5 of The Voice Australia (2016).

Sammi Palinkas

Australian Artist/Songwriter Sammi Palinkas is no stranger to the stage or Kingston Carols. Since an early age, she has performed in various theatrical capacities, and has spent many years song writing and recording between Australia and the US, with some of the hottest, award-winning creatives in the business.

After releasing two Pop singles in 2016 (“White Disco” with Andrew Bolooki and “This Love” with Fiona Kernaghan, JJ Farris & Jim Barton), Sammi has spent the last couple of years developing herself as an Artist. She released her first EP on this journey (“Me, Myself & I” with Phil Turcio) early in 2022, before finding herself and her heart in Country/Pop.

Since then Sammi has made two trips to Nashville, and in recent months she has teamed up with esteemed Australian Country Producer Rod McCormack. She is looking forward to releasing new music and getting back to Nashville in 2023. 

 

Santa's workshop, food vendors and market stalls 

Food vendors

Enjoy some of the delicious food options on offer!

Our vendors have a range of menus and cater for different dietary requirements, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, and Halal. Check with vendors on the night for specific offerings.

Billy van Creamy
Traditional ice cream and sorbet

Falafellas
Hand made falafels

Edithvale Fire Brigade
Sausage sizzle

Ice Cream Man
Traditional gelati van

Ink-redible Calamari 
Calamari, hot chips, drinks

Juicello
Cold pressed juices, mocktails

Mr Fresh
Burgers, hotdogs and hot chips 

Naval's Pancakes and Gozlemes
Dutch pancakes, gozleme

Pizza Forno X'press
Authentic Italian pizzas, garlic bread

Spudalicious / Slushed Out
Baked potatoes and slushies 

The Coffee Chief 
Tea and coffee

The Greek Stop
Souvlaki and snack boxes

The Moo Shakes and Smoothies
Shakes and smoothies

Santa's workshop

Santa photos

Head down to Santa's workshop to say hello and get a photo with Santa. 

If you share your photos on social media, don't forget to include the #kingstoncarols hashtag!

Face painting

Come visit Santa's workshop for free festive face painting!

Face painting is always a popular choice for the kids, so please be patient with our amazing facepainters while waiting.

Christmas craft and colouring

Make your own Christmas crafts, write a letter to Santa or choose to colour a festive colouring sheet.

Amusement rides

Amusement rides are free.

Go Gator Roller Coaster
Inflatable Pirates Slide
Samba Balloon Ride

Market stalls

Pick up some unique gifts for family and friends, or a bite to eat, at our market. 

Guras Cacao Chocolatier
Hand made artisan chocolates

Noomi Bean Bags
Bean bags and cushions

PourSomeSuga
Fairy floss

Sensilla
Soy candles, reed diffusers, essential oils

Sunghue Chilli Sauce
Range of chilli sauces

Candle sales

Support the Kingston Charitable Fund by buying a reusable LED candle for $3.

Proceeds from the sale of candles will help to support local charities and community groups in Kingston.

Your candle can be re-used for many years to come! Please dispose of responsibly.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

Event information

Where and when is Carols by Kingston?
Carols by Kingston will be held at 6:30 – 10pm on Sunday 11 December at Bicentennial Park, Thames Promenade, Chelsea.

Do I have to buy a ticket?
No, Carols by Kingston is a free event, however you can purchase reserved seating if preferred. 
Tickets are $20 per seat. Children who sit on the lap of an adult or in a pram are free. If a child needs a seat, the cost is $20. 
Please note tickets are general admission. Seating will be allocated on arrival.

Can I download a map or pick one up on the day?
We do not have an event map, however you can visit our information stall on the day for information.

Will I be photographed or filmed during my visit?
We will have a photographer present on the day, please notify the photographer if you do not wish to be photographed.

What time will fireworks be?
Fireworks will be held at 9:45pm.

Can I bring my dog?
The event is dog friendly. However, owners are reminded that the event concludes with firework and that dogs must be on leash at all times.

How do I perform or run a workshop at Carols by Kingston?
Our program is full, but please contact our event staff next year to express your interest.

Do I need to show a proof of vaccination to enter Carols by Kingston? Do I need to wear a face mask during my visit?
No, you do not need to show proof of vaccination on wear a face mask.

Food and drinks

Is there food available?
Yes, there are food vendors on site. Check out our list of delicious options in the information above.

Can I bring my own food?
Yes, you can BYO food. 

Kids and kids' activities

Is the event pram friendly?
Carols by Kingston is pram friendly and Bicentennial park includes accessible footpaths. 

Do I have to pay for admission to go on the amusements rides?
No, the rides are free!

Are there age restrictions on the rides?
There are activities for all ages, please talk to the ride supervisors on the day for ride specific restrictions.

Parking and public transport

How do I get there on public transport?
Bicentennial Park is a 10-15 minute walk from Chelsea Railway Station. 
You can take the 858 bus to the Station St/Thames Pr bus stop and walk 10-15 minutes to Bicentennial Park.

Where do I park?
Free parking will be available on site. 

Do you have accessible parking bays, toilets and an accessible entry?
Bicentennial Park is wheelchair friendly and consists of accessible footpaths, parking and toilets. If you require any assistance on the day, please speak to the event staff.

 

When

  • Sunday, 11 December 2022 | 06:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Location

Bicentennial Park, Scotch Parade, Chelsea 3196  View Map

Consider walking, cycling or using public transport options, leaving your car at home.

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