Carols in the Domain is an annual Christmas concert event held in the Domain Gardens in Sydney. It began in 1983, and features many national and international performers and guest appearances. it is broadcast around Australia on the Seven Network and simulcast on Smooth FM. The free event has traditionally been held on the last Saturday before Christmas Eve exclusive; however, from 2016 it has been held on the last Sunday before Christmas Eve exclusive. Carols in the Domain has become one of Australia's largest free Christmas events.
Performing in the domain has been a Wiggly tradition since 1993, though there have been references to The Wiggles appearing in 1992 and even 1991. They may have made untelevised appearances during the day's events during these years, but this is not confirmed. The group was absent from the festivity in 2011 for the first time.
The Wiggles, who have performed since their early years, most commonly sing Go Santa Go, Here Come The Reindeer & Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star at the event. Since 2007, they have annually done a human pyramid in one of the songs. Sam is on the top from 2007 to 2008, then Jeff, and Blathnaid Conroy-Murphy was in 2010 and now Captain Feathersword from 2012-present.
Anthony was absent from the closing of the annual concert from 2007 to 2010 due to his body injuries.
It is a major supporter of The Salvation Army's OASIS Youth Support Network.
The Domain is directly South from the Sydney Opera House.
1995: Can You (Point Your Fingers And Do The Twist?) and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (Both songs performed seperately, and The Wiggles also came out for Jingle Bells with a group of artists. Dorothy also appeared, replacing Monica Trapaga's faulty microphone and 'playing' the saxophone during Tempany Deckert's performance of Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree )
1996: Here Comes Santa Claus and Go Santa Go (Both songs performed seperately. The Wiggles also participated in the opening song with other celebrities appearing in the event and came out for Jingle Bells with other children's artists, including Peter Combe and the Sesame Street Live mascots)
2000: Here Come The Reindeer, Curoo Curoo (With Morgan Crowley) and Go Santa Go (Songs performed seperately, with the latter 2 mentioned songs performed together. The Wiggles also came out for Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells with other artists)
2001: The Wiggle Owl Medley, Here Come The Reindeer, and Go Santa Go (Greg and Murray went to retrieve Santa Claus in the Big Red Car and returned to sing Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer andJingle Bells with a group of artists. They also appeared during a group medley led by Troy Cassar-Daley, and reprised Go Santa Go during the final medley for the first time).
2002: Wiggly Party, And the World Is One On A Christmas Morning and Here Come The Reindeer (The latter mentioned song performed seperately. Greg and Murray went to retrieve Santa Claus in the Big Red Car and returned to sing Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer andJingle Bells with a group of artists. They also appeared in a group song led by Rob Guest and sang Go Santa Go during the final group medley).
2003: Here Come The Reindeer, Go Santa Go (Both songs performed seperately. The Wiggles came out for Jingle Bells with other artists. They also appeared in a group song and sang Go Santa Go during the final group medley.)
2011: The Wiggles did not perform at Carols due to health concerns
- The 1993 and '95 shows marks the first time The Wiggles covered Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, all which took place way before their studio recordings in the Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas Album in 1996.
- The '94 and '96 shows also mark the first time The Wiggles covered Here Comes Santa Claus, before its studio recording in the Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas video in 1997. However, the '96 performance marks the first usage of the backing instrumental of the song which would later be used in the mentioned video. It is unknown why this track was left off of the album.
- From 1995 to 1998, 2000 and 2002, The Wiggles's setlist at Carols would consist of two songs (three in the case of 2000 and 2002), played spereately to make way and interchange with other children's artists and guests appearing at the event.
- Out of all the main Wiggly Friends, Dorothy has made the most number of appearences at the event, appearing almost ever year since 1993. From 1995 onwards, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus would start appearing at the event, with the exception of 2017, where Henry and Wags were seemingly absent.
- Anthony Field provided the voice of Dorothy the Dinosaur in 1993.
- The '95 appearence marks the following:
- One of the earliest appearences of Paul Paddick as Captain Feathersword.
- One of the earliest usages of Dorothy's 3rd costume design, which would be used up until early-mid 1997, after the Wiggles already updated their skivvies and belt buckles.
- One of the final usages of Henry's first costume design.
- The only known time The Wiggles were backed by the live orchestra and band and didn't supply their own backing track or music in their main set, during Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
- The '93' and '94 performances also had a keyboard on set which provided the backing tracks for Dorothy the Dinosaur, Rock-A-Bye Your Bear and Here Comes Santa Claus, along with the usual guitars. The keyboard would later appear again in 1998 performance, during The Monkey Dance, however it was handheld by Jeff.
- Since 1998, The Wiggly Dancers and ocassionaly other children's dancers would appear alongside The Wiggles and their friends at the event.
- Other secondary Wiggles characters also made appearences at the event, including:
- The 2000 performance marked the following:
- One of the earliest appearences of Henry's 5th costume design and Dorothy's 6th costume design, both which would be used up until 2006, with various changes during this timeline.
- The first time that The Wiggles set for Carols also featured a special guest (Morgan Crowley). Later sets to feature a guest included Mirusa for 2019.
- In 1999, and 2001-2002, The Wiggles would be in charge of bringing in Santa Claus to the event, via an introduction or a pick-up from the Big Red Car.