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  • Candlelight Holiday Special: Featuring “The Nutcracker” and More

Candlelight Holiday Special: Featuring “The Nutcracker” and More


Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations never before used for this purpose in Melbourne. Buy your tickets now to discover the music of classical holiday pieces at The Athenaeum Theatre under the gentle glow of candlelight.

General Info
📍 Venue: The Athenaeum Theatre
📅 Dates and times: 10 December at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (select during purchase)
⏳ Duration: 65 minutes (doors open 30 mins prior to the start time and late entry is not permitted)
👤 Age requirement: 8+. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
♿ Accessibility: this venue has wheelchair access in Zones A and B
❓ View the FAQs for this event here
✔️ Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience
🪑 Seating is assigned on a first come first served basis in each zone
🕯️ If you would like to book a private concert (min 40+ people), please click here
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  • “The Nutcracker, Op. 71” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • Overture
    • March
    • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
    • Chinese Dance
    • Arabian Dance
    • Dance of the Mirlitons
    • Waltz of the Flowers
    • Trepak
  • Vivaldi - Winter mvt 2
  • Vivaldi - Summer mvt 3
  • Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock
  • Traditional - O Holy Night
  • Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas


  • String quartet - Eclective Strings

User reviews

based on 62 reviews
  • Such a special evening as a leadup to Christmas. The welcoming team were very pleasant, the quartet were so talented and the choice of music fantastic. Will be looking for more of your events
  • It was magical walking in and the venue was lit up with the beautiful candles. The quartet were fantastic with wonderful arrangements and a great selection of pieces. Thoroughly enjoyed it 🎶🙂
  • The overall experience was amazing. The cathedral with all the candles, simply beautiful and the quartet were brilliant. This was my second event and I will be looking for more in the new year.
  • Great ambiance in St James Old Cathedral, superb music... the Spurit of Christmas xx
  • A superb concert! The Invictus quartet was awesome and the location just beautiful!
  • A beautiful experience. Just the right length of time for my boys (8 & 10) to enjoy too. Magic! Thankyou
  • Invictus Choir is awsome! The ladies are so talented!
  • absolutely loved this magical performance
  • Wonderful! 🎻🎄🎼
  • Great experience
  • Excellent
  • Wonderful music and ambience! Small criticisms - started a little late, and seats not very comfortable.
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