November 2, 2023

Community Carols

Warm up the vocal chords and get ready to spread some festive season cheer, with numerous community carols events to be held across the Surf Coast Shire this December.

Six townships are preparing to host carols in the lead-up to Christmas, welcoming both community members and visitors.

Pastor Louis Glazebrook, from the Surf Coast’s City on a Hill Christian church, is excited to celebrate Christmas with the community at Torquay Carols by the Sea. The popular event will be held Saturday 16 December at Elephant Walk from 4pm.

“Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the event’s goal has been to unite Christian churches across the Surf Coast in telling the origin story of Christmas, and celebrating it with the Surf Coast community,” Louis said.

“After a pandemic pause, we returned last year to our biggest attendance. More than 5,000 people turned out to hear the music, eat good food and be together. This year there will be great food, great music, great company, and we’ll be asking for great weather too.”

Carols events will be held across the coast and hinterland, making the lead-up to Christmas a memorable time for many.

“Christmas often feels special as it is a focused time of family, gifts, rest and fresh starts,” he said. “Perhaps this has come from the lyrics of many of the various carols we’ve had since the 13th century.

“We hope that Carols by the Sea feels special, as we seek to tell a timeless story in a timely way, in a beautiful part of the world we get to call home.”

Details of all of the community carols can be found at Surf Coast Events ( People will be invited to sing various festive favourites at:

  • Winchelsea’s Carols by the Barwon (9 December)
  • Aireys Inlet Community Carols (10 December)
  • Torquay Carols by the Sea (16 December)
  • Carols on the Lorne (16 December)
  • Deans Marsh Twilight Carols (17 December)
  • Anglesea Carols by Candlelight (22 December)

Photo credit: Kbrew Photography

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