Carols by Candlelight in Adelaide

WHAT A SHOW: Jon Stevens, The Fairies and the Taiko Drummers helped make Carols by Candelight a magical evening on Sunday, December 16.
WHAT A SHOW: Jon Stevens, The Fairies and the Taiko Drummers helped make Carols by Candelight a magical evening on Sunday, December 16.
 LITTLE HELPERS: Isabella Marafioti of Pooraka, Kaitlyn Glover of Mawson Lakes, Nicolas Marafioti of Pooraka and Oriana Bartlam of Elizabeth dressed to help Santa wrap up all the presents for Christmas Day.

LITTLE HELPERS: Isabella Marafioti of Pooraka, Kaitlyn Glover of Mawson Lakes, Nicolas Marafioti of Pooraka and Oriana Bartlam of Elizabeth dressed to help Santa wrap up all the presents for Christmas Day.

TEA PARTY: Melodie Corletto of Royal Park, Kristie, Felicity and Martin Stone of Strathalbyn, Jessica Nell of Largs Bay, Stephanie Nell of Strathalbyn, Daniel Pizzinato of West Lakes Shore and Georgina and Liam Kearney of South Brighton had a great set up at the carols.

TEA PARTY: Melodie Corletto of Royal Park, Kristie, Felicity and Martin Stone of Strathalbyn, Jessica Nell of Largs Bay, Stephanie Nell of Strathalbyn, Daniel Pizzinato of West Lakes Shore and Georgina and Liam Kearney of South Brighton had a great set up at the carols.

FESTIVE SPIRIT: Chloe Hyde of Paralowie and Ruby Gourlay of Mawson Lakes got into the festive spirit at carols.

FESTIVE SPIRIT: Chloe Hyde of Paralowie and Ruby Gourlay of Mawson Lakes got into the festive spirit at carols.

INCOGNITO: Isaac and Mayah Edwards of Largs Bay morphed into other characters with face paint.

INCOGNITO: Isaac and Mayah Edwards of Largs Bay morphed into other characters with face paint.

HAVING FUN: Children's entertainment group The Fairies kept the kids dancing at carols.

HAVING FUN: Children's entertainment group The Fairies kept the kids dancing at carols.

WHAT A NIGHT: Linda and Amelia Downes of Hillbank loved the carols.

WHAT A NIGHT: Linda and Amelia Downes of Hillbank loved the carols.

TOO CUTE: Holly and Simone Burton of Seaton enjoyed each other's company at the carols.

TOO CUTE: Holly and Simone Burton of Seaton enjoyed each other's company at the carols.

FAMILY NIGHT OUT: Csongor, Eben and Kaylene Matyas of Aldinga Beach had a lovely family evening together at carols.

FAMILY NIGHT OUT: Csongor, Eben and Kaylene Matyas of Aldinga Beach had a lovely family evening together at carols.

JUST LIKE SISTERS: Simone Genovese and her mother Saskia Viergever, both of Brompton, were just like sisters catching up at carols.

JUST LIKE SISTERS: Simone Genovese and her mother Saskia Viergever, both of Brompton, were just like sisters catching up at carols.

Elder Park in the heart of Adelaide transformed into a Christmas wonderland for Carols by Candlelight on Sunday night.

Thousands of people turned out to picnic by the banks of the Torrens River as the stage lit up with entertainment including Humphrey B Bear, The Fairies, Jon Stevens and the Young Adelaide Voices.

Entry was via a folded note donation with proceeds to the Cora Barclay Centre, Novita Children's Services and the Women's and Children's Hospital.

Scroll through the photos above by Fairfax journalist Anthony Caggiano.