Christmas in Cardinia

  • The 2023 Pakenham Carols by Candlelight will be held at Toomuc Recreation Reserve on Saturday 2 December 2023.
  • Make the most of our local businesses this Christmas season to help our local business owners, suppliers and employees.
  • You can find support from local services

Cardinia Shire Council is proud to announce the return of Pakenham Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 2 December 2023
Toomuc Recreation Reserve, Pakenham

  • Gates will open from 4.30pm
  • The official program begins at 6.30pm with an array of local performances 
  • Fireworks display at approximately 9pm. 

Food and drinks will be available to purchase on-site.

Pakenham Carols by Candlelight is an alcohol and smoke-free event. No pets allowed (assistance dogs are permitted).

More information 

For more information about Christmas events in Cardinia Shire, please contact the Future Communities team at or call 1300 787 624.

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By supporting your local businesses this Christmas, you're helping Cardinia Shire business owners, their employees, and suppliers to keep doing what they love. 

What's on Cardinia and our Business Hub is jam-packed with all you need for your Christmas activities, events and shopping. 

Plan ahead this festive season by visiting What's on Cardinia.

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Where can I go for support with food or toy hampers?   

Christmas Together  

  • Toy and Food Hampers available  
  • Senior Citizens Centre Pakenham 
  • Tuesday 14 December until Friday 22 December 
  • Registrations open until 12 December.  
  • Register online  

Purton Place Preloved Shop 

  • Toy and Food Hampers available  
  • 20 Purton Rd, Pakenham VIC 3810 
  • Call 0437 006 654  

Pakenham Library  

  • Cnr Jon & Henry Street, Pakenham 
  • 5940 6200 
  • Limited care packs available 
  • Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 December  
  • Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 January 2024 
  • Location details at the Myli website

Have A Little Hope 

Turning Point Support Hub 

  • 319 Rossiter Road Koo Wee Rup  
  • Food support available 
  • Friday 22 December 
  • 10am – 2pm 
  • No registrations required, just bring a form of ID.  

Who can I share a free Christmas meal with?   

Gather Church  

  • Christmas Dinner  
  • Sunday 17 December 4.30pm 
  • 18 Golden Street, Pakenham 
  • Register at:  

Bless Collective 

  • Christmas Dinner  
  • Thursday 21 December  
  • Pakenham Library  
  • 5pm-8pm 
  • Registrations:  

Salvation Army 

  • Christmas Day 
  • Monday 25 December  
  • 12pm-2pm 
  • 51 Bald Hill Road Pakenham 
  • Call 5941 4906 to register  

Cockatoo RSL 

  • 20 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Cockatoo VIC 3781 
  • Christmas Day  
  • Monday 25 December  
  • Call 5968 8053  

AfriAus iLEAC 

  • Family Christmas Dinner 
  • Saturday 23 December 6pm 
  • Location to be confirmed, please call  
  • 0415 964 113 for more information.  

Budget tips

For handy budget tips to help your family this Christmas, visit the Good Shepherd website

More support

For a list of social, health and community services, visit our Cardinia Support website