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Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols returns to light up Brisbane’s Riverstage on Saturday 2 December 2023 in an inclusive, accessible and show-stopping celebration for ‘every body’.

An initiative of Brisbane City Council, the two-hour spectacle of song and celebration will reach more people than ever before with Victoria Park / Barrambin also presenting a free, live simulcast of the event on the big screen.

Produced by The Little Red Company and hosted by Queensland’s first lady of song, Naomi Price, the unmissable event welcomes a cavalcade of superstars including Dami Im performing songs from her upcoming Christmas album, and direct from Broadway to Brisbane, entertainment icon Caroline O’Connor AM making her Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols debut.

Fan favourite Johnny Manuel returns to Brisbane following his show-stopping performance of O Holy Night in 2022, Loren Hunter makes her Carols debut after wowing audiences in Six: The Musical, and Jack Chambers returns to a hometown audience fresh from playing Bert in Mary Poppins The Musical

In a guaranteed showstopper, superstar soprano Rebecca Cassidy sets the stage alight with an epic performance combining rock and classical music.

Australia’s kings of swing, Swing on This, featuring Luke Kennedy, Matt Lee, Ben Mingay and Bert LaBonté return to croon their way through Christmas classics, and spellbinding songstresses Irena Lysiuk, Alisha Todd and Brooke Schubert join forces for their spin on festive favourites.

Audience favourites The Jingle Belles return in 2023 under the direction of acclaimed choreographer Kate Wormald, as does Santa who is planning to make an epic entrance. They’ll be joined by special guest artists Pink Matter, Tama Laei, Nalingurrie Projects, Centenary State High School and Toowong State School Signing Choir.

The cast is completed by the 2023 Little Red Carols Quartet Olivia Ayoub, Gabrielle Diaz, Glen Heriot and Alexander Tye, our 52-voice Little Red Carols Choir led by choral director extraordinaire Alex Van den Broek, our 20-piece orchestra and adorable children’s ensemble The Mistle Toes.

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols is on Saturday 2 December 2023 at Riverstage in the City Botanic Gardens. Gates open at 4pm and pre-show commences at 6pm.

Tickets for the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols have officially sold out, but don’t worry! Thanks to Brisbane City Council and City Parklands, this year’s show will be live-streamed from the Riverstage to Victoria Park / Barrambin so more Brisbane residents can share in the festivities! Entry is free but registrations are required via the link below.

Don’t miss this tree-mendous night for the whole family!

This year, the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols will be more accessible than ever with Auslan interpretation, audio description, tactile tour, accessible viewing platform, dedicated Auslan area and the first ever low sensory zone at the Riverstage. We are so excited to provide a wide range of accessible services this year – click below to find out more!

A huge thank you to our wonderful partners that help bring the Christmas magic to Brisbane. Click through to support them below:

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