Nine will once again continue their yearly tradition of screening Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve.
The 79th Vision Australia Carols by Candlelight will air live from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.
Internationally acclaimed singer Dami Im and indie-pop band Sheppard will join a star-studded lineup of artists making their Carols by Candlelight debut on Christmas Eve, including winner ofThe Voice 2016, Alfie Arcuri, and crooning trio The Koi Boys, in addition to Rohan Browne alongside his wife Christie Whelan-Browne – both stars of the stage and screen.
Hi-5’s all-new cast will dazzle the young at heart in their first official public appearance, headlining the children’s segment.
Returning Carols favourites include Anthony Callea, Tim Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Shane Jacobson, Lucy Durack, Marina Prior, Silvie Paladino, David Hobson, Denis Walter, Darren Percival, legally blind opera singer Michael Leonardi, plus Ol’55, who will be returning to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
The Nine Network’s Lisa Wilkinson and David Campbell will reunite to co-host the show.
“This is my ninth year co-hosting Carols by Candlelight, which promises more outstanding performances and a few surprises this year to get Australians of all ages into the spirit of Christmas,” Wilkinson said.
“What better way to wrap up and finish 2016 than with a huge big bow, lots of tinsel, your loved ones by your side and Lisa and me, with our Carols family entertaining you while Father Christmas loads up the sleigh. I cannot wait to share Christmas Eve with everyone again,” Campbell said.
Carols by Candlelight is Vision Australia’s biggest fundraiser, with 100 per cent of profits from ticket sales going towards services for children who are blind or have low vision. This year Vision Australia has one ultimate mission for Carols by Candlelight – to raise one million dollars in one Christmas.
The Carols by Candlelight will screen Saturday, December 24, at 8.00pm live on Nine