Billed as the largest event of its kind in Australia Carols In The Domain for its 36th year took place on a balmy Saturday night, 22nd December, 2018.

An announcement estimated the crowd at 50,000 but a further 20 to 30,000 attended the full dress rehearsal the night before.

It is traditionally  broadcast on the Channel 7 network and was this year hosted by the Sunrise Team; Samantha Armytage, Natalie Barr and David Koch.

However when you go to the event there is so much more to do than  seeing the Carols. There are carnival rides for the kids, taking selfies with Santa, and riding in his sleigh, exploring the giant Coca Cola truck as well as Mary Poppins big red London double decker bus.

For the VIPs, sponsors and performers there was a white carpet to be traversed. Artists appearing in the show included the Wiggles, Samantha Jade, Penny McNamee, Isaiah Firebrace, Troy Cassar-Daley, Mark Vincent, Todd McKenney, Rachael Beck, Ross Wilson and many more.

There were also musical numbers from some big shows including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins  and Muriel’s Wedding.

Due to its association with Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse made an appearance as well as the highlight for many little ones, the arrival of Santa Claus.

The huge choir and orchestra was conducted by Graeme Press who was celebrating his tenth anniversary in the role.

Young stars of Australian Opera were also featured and the evening concluded with a spectacular display of fireworks.

All the proceeds of candles bought on the night went to the Salvation Army.

All pics by Ben Apfelbaum (c)