NOT SO SILENT NIGHT
Dreaming of a white sand Christmas? Join Charli Robinson on Surfers Paradise beach to sing along to all your festive favourites
The other side of the world might have a magical white Christmas, but we score Carols on the Beach. If you’re feeling like you’re missing out on the snow and steaming mugs of cocoa, head down to this annual celebration of Christmas, the Gold Coast and, of course, all your favourite carols hosted by our very own Charli Robinson.
“It is my absolute favourite carols by candlelight, it’s so iconic,” she says.
“I can’t think of anywhere else in the world where the locals sit on the beach with massive stages and lighting and such a huge production going on.
“And one of the most iconic beaches in the world, too.”
Charli has been our city’s treasure for many years now, but after a life of performing and representing various cities and organisations, she treasures us just as dearly.
“I did Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne for 10 years,” she says. “I was waking up in a hotel room on Christmas Day for 10 years, so I can’t even describe how good it feels to be doing it in my home town.
“If there’s one Christmas carols on the GC that you go to, it’s this one.”
Like many of us, Charli has fond memories of family and festivities.
“I’ve always thought that the carols are what make the memories around Christmas,” she says.
“When I think carols I think Santa Claus, colourful lights and grandparents and parents and friends all singing carols together.
“It’s an Australian tradition that I absolutely love and how much more Australian can you get than by sitting right on the beach?”
Despite hanging up the headphones at SeaFM, Charli’s hosting duties are definitely not over, with the former Hi 5 member hosting and singing at this year’s carols.
“I’m hosting and I’ll be singing a couple of songs – we tend to keep it traditional so families can sing along.
“I’ll be on and off the stage all night, welcoming every act, making sure the audience know which page of the songbook we’re on.
“With these carols there’s always new people coming in, so I’ll be reminding people where we are and how proud we are of the GC.
“I’m nervous but excited to sing with a big band – we’ve got a massive band, which is unusual, usually carols are just done with a backing track but this band is incredible.”
After being in the spotlight for so long, Charli isn’t too worried about her script, but she is excited to meet a very special bear.
“I’ve got a big script of the night but if Hi 5 gave me one thing it’s an almost photographic memory. I can kind of look over it once and get right into it a couple of days before,” she says.
“And secretly I was a little bit excited when I found out that Humphrey B. Bear is going to be there.” Carols on the Beach, Surfers Paradise, December 18, 6.30pm
Charli Robinson will lead a huge cast at Carols on the Beach.