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Christmas returns to elder park

St John SA is thrilled to announce St John Carols by Candlelight will take place on Elder Park on Saturday 14 December at Elder Park.

Grab your festive picnic rug, family and friends, and head down to beautiful Elder Park to rekindle the magic of Christmas during a day packed full of singing, giveaways, music and delicious food and drinks.  Then, sing your heart out to your favourite Christmas carols and songs. 

From the smallest child to the child in all of us, Carols has brought joy to South Australians since 1944.

Read about the 2024 hosts and artists here.

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Where to stay

Sofitel Adelaide is South Australia’s newest luxury hotel. With an enviable address in the city centre, it captures not just the heart but the very soul of Adelaide itself.

Sofitel Adelaide is located on Currie Street and is an easy walk to a long list of attractions and venues in the city, including Elder Park.

If you are attending Carols and visiting from out of town or you simply want to spoil yourself and your family, their luxurious guest rooms and suites all have guest comfort top of mind. You will be able to relax in style, assured that every lush textile, amenity and colour scheme has been selected to evoke true indulgence and relaxation.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Carols?

Saturday 9 December from 2.00 pm at Elder Park.

Do I need a ticket?

You do not need a ticket. SeaLink Carols by Candlelight is a free and accessible Christmas concert for everyone! Bring your picnic rug and find a good spot. Enjoy the entertainment, food and drinks from 2 pm. If you would like a seat up the front, a limited number of Gold Class seats are available. All proceeds go to St John SA. Buy your tickets here.

Is reserved seating available?

Yes. A limited number of Gold Class seats are available, with all proceeds going to St John SA, proud custodian of Carols. Give the gift of reserved seating, a prime view of the stage and a warm glow inside, knowing your purchase is directly helping the charity that supports all South Australians. Buy your tickets here.

What time does Carols get underway?

Gates open at 2.00 pm. Head down early to grab your spot near the stage. Face painting, giveaways, and you can even visit Santa. Then, enjoy the City of Adelaide pre-show concert from 5.00 pm before the SeaLink Carols by Candlelight Concert begins at 8.15 pm.

What should I bring?

Do bring

Picnic rug and/or low beach chair-type seating so as not to block anyone’s viewing, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, sunnies, portable phone recharger, medication, and clothes to suit the weather.

But most of all, bring plenty of Christmas spirit or cheer, your friends, and family and head down to Elder Park from 2.00 pm on Sunday 9 December, to enjoy a day full of giveaways, delicious food, drinks and entertainment.

Don’t bring

Any objects that disrupt other patron’s event experience such as normal-sized seats or large umbrellas. Please be considerate of others around you.

Can I bring alcoholic drinks?

Elder Park is a dry zone from 8.00 pm. Please dispose of your alcoholic beverages by this time.

Can I bring food and drinks?

Feast on delicious food and refreshing drinks at Elder Park. There’s something for everyone! Or bring a picnic and enjoy.

Who is performing?

Sing your heart out to your favourite Christmas Carols and songs! Visit the Host & Artists page for more information, or follow us on FacebookInstagram and X.

What if I need first aid or lose my child?

St John SA will be at Elder Park to help. Find them towards the city end of King William Road.

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