About Carols by Candlelight

A spectacular family Christmas concert,
Carols by Candlelight celebrated its 26th Anniversary.

Carols by Candlelight, in San Diego, was created in 1990 by Steve Vaus and Wayne Nelson with the goal of making a life-changing difference in the lives of children. Originally a free concert at Horton Plaza, the event eventually outgrew that location, moving to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts and ultimately to its current home, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.


Over the years, Carols by Candlelight has featured pop and country stars Phil Vasser, LeAnn Rimes, Jamie O’Neil, Kenny Loggins, Josh Gracin, Bucky Covington, Collin Raye, Sara Evans, Juice Newton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny Loggins, Lee Anne Womack, Little River Band, the Commodores, and may others singing Christmas Carols along with their biggest hits. The net proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego.

(Nonprofit 50l(c)(3) 26-1722021)
Contact Steve Vaus for further details.


Media /  News

World News (WN) Network – December 2014
New Poway Mayor Celebrates 25th ‘Carols’ Concert

KUSI Good Morning San Diego – November, 2012

Pomerado News – December, 2012
Auction Winner Returns Prized Guitar to Young Donor, by Steve Dreyer and Emily Sorensen
Kirsten Blackburn, a Poway High School sophomore, decided to repay Rady Children’s Hospital for changing her life by donating her prized guitar, signed by Taylor Swift, to last weekend’s “Carols by Candlelight” auction. Not only did her guitar bring in a whopping $4,700 for the hospital, but her good deed was unexpectedly rewarded when the unnamed auction winners, who are also from Poway, returned the guitar to Blackburn.

The San Diego Union-Tribune – December, 2010
Carols by Candlelight marks 21st anniversary in Escondido, by Pam Kragen