Get ready for Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight

BETTER start practicing your Christmas carols and warming up those vocal cords because Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight is just a few weeks away.

Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight
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Thousands of people will gather at Seafront Oval in Pialba for the traditional Christmas carols event – a staple on the Hervey Bay social calendar for more than two decades.

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One of the event organisers, Luke Strochnetter from 360 Degrees Marketing said excitement was growing by the day as we approach the festive season.

“The community is excited to gather once again, have fun and just celebrate Christmas as one big Hervey Bay family. Social media reactions suggest we could be in for one of the biggest carols evenings in years,” explained Luke.

“We have been planning the event since April as there are just so many different elements and facets to ensure it’s a success.”

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Luke said the event – presented by the Hervey Bay Christian Ministers Association – was always a great family night out.

“What I love the most is that this event is free, thanks to the Hervey Bay RSL and all our sponsors. Most families do not need to spend a cent.

“You can bring along a picnic or choose to support some of the many local food vendors. We have chosen not to have rides, activities or market stalls the last few years, as we want everyone to have the same experience on the night, irrespective of your financial situation.”

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Luke said the evening was all about friends, family, singing, dancing and having fun as a community.

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“People an expect to leave with a smile on their faces – and no voice!”

Those who attend will be entertained by local musicians, a special visit from Santa and another awesome fireworks display.

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The good work done by local community groups and organisations will also be highlighted throughout the event.

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Luke urged people to look into using transport services, carpooling or walk to Seafront Oval.

“Approximately 6,000 people attend every year, so there are lot of cars in the precinct.

“The fewer cars the better.”


The Esplanade from the Main Street roundabout to Taylor Street is expected to be closed to traffic from 3pm.

“Come on down early to secure a good spot, bring a rug and some chairs and have a great evening out as a community,” said Luke.

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You can access the oval from 4.30pm.

Musicians will entertain the crowd until the main program kicks off at 6pm.

The night will end with another spectacular Prime Agents Fireworks Finale at 8pm.

Event details:

  • What: Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight
  • Where: Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay
  • When: Saturday, 10 December 2022
  • Time: 5pm – access from 4.30pm
  • Cost: FREE

What you can bring:

  • Your own food and drinks (food vendors will be available)
  • Rugs
  • Camping chairs
  • Glow stick candles can be bought at the event.


  • Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight is a drug, alcohol, smoking and pet free event.

For more event information, click through to the Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight website.

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