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Your guide to Christmas carols around the state

It’s that time of year, when Tasmanians are tuning up their vocal chords in preparation for the Christmas carols season. We have compiled details of events at major centres around the state.

​​Hobart

Hobart's annual Carols by Candlelight will be staged in the stunning backdrop of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens this year.

The event will be held on one night only, 18 December, in the main area of the gardens and be run by local theatre company ExitLeft Productions.

Highlights of this year's event include children's entertainer Jimmy Giggle, along with a host of local performers and a large choir in support.

As a major sponsor, RACT Insurance is hosting the RACT Kids Christmas Hub and will have heaps of free activities including a photo booth to take a picture with Mrs Claus and friends, competitions, giveaways and much more.

Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic or indulge in one of the food vans on-site, with pre-show entertainment from 5.30pm. The main event starts at 8pm.

The event is free, but people wanting to attend must pre-book a ticket through www.hobartcarols.com.au.

There will be no tickets available on the day. Tickets will be released on 12 December. Community sponsorship packages can be purchased by individuals or businesses, with funds raised going to the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation. For more information on these packages please email carols@exitleft.com.au

What you need to know

Date: Sunday 18 December 2016

Location: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Tickets: hobartcarols.com.au from 12 December

Gates open: 5pm

Pre-show entertainment: 5.30-7.30pm

Carols by Candlelight: 8-10pm

Parking: The Regatta Grounds have been designated as parking for this event, with a 1.5km walk to the Gardens (about 20 minutes) under the underpass and along the Lower Domain Rd footpath. Police have advised that no patrons should cross the highway. Limited parking is available along the road to the Gardens top entrance. There will be no parking at the bottom entrance as it is a drop-off point only for patrons with disability parking permits.

Seating: The Carols audience will be seated on the grass in front of the Gardens Restaurant. Picnic blankets and low folding chairs only. There will be an allocated pram parking area for patrons with young children.

For more information visit the FAQ page on www.hobartcarols.com.au.

Glenorchy

​10 December at Tolosa Park

Compered by popular media personality Ryk Goddard, with the Glenorchy City Concert Brass band, Big Monkey Theatre, entertainers, school and community choirs.

www.facebook.com/glenorchycarolsbycandlelight

Clarence

11 December at Bellerive Boardwalk

Featuring Colin Dean and Andrew Colrain, the Clarence Christmas Concert brings together the Matt Ives Big Band with special guests Nicole and Scott Farrow, the Moonlight Aviators and an 80-piece choir.

www.clarenceartsandevents.net

New Norfolk

16 December at Tynwald Park

Derwent Valley Concert band, school choirs and special guest singer Kate Andrewartha will entertain the crowds. Also includes face painting and a jumping castle for the children. Run by the local Lions Club.

Details: Greg Hudson 0418 127 439

Launceston

18 December at City Park

A three-hour concert, featuring more than 40 Christmas songs, with sing-along carols and an all-local line-up of talent, including Matt Garwood. Strictly an alcohol and smoke-free family event.

www.launcestoncarols.com

Devonport

11 December at Roundhouse Park

Featuring the City of Devonport Brass Band and a community choir as well as special guest performers Sancia West, Sam Miles and Dana Badcock, Musical Creations, Caroline Small School of Dance and Crescendo Choir.

www.facebook.com/DevonportCarolsByCandlelight

Burnie

18 December at Burnie Park

Entertainment includes a children's section, local guest artists and familiar carols for a community sing-along. Showbags, candles, snacks and coffee and BBQ also available.

Burnie Carols by Candlelight​​


​ For smaller carols events, check with your local council or religious group.​