Dream­ing of a white sand Christ­mas? Join Charli Robin­son on Surfers Par­adise beach to sing along to all your fes­tive favourites

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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

Pic­ture: Glenn Hamp­son

Charli Robin­son will lead a huge cast at Car­ols on the Beach.

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