Christ­mas crack­ers

It’s a magic night, says Car­ols by Can­dle­light host Lisa Wilkin­son

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

FOR most of the year, To­day host Lisa Wilkin­son rises from her com­fort­able bed at 3am to pre­pare for the task of pre­sent­ing Chan­nel 9’s pop­u­lar break­fast TV pro­gram.

But there’s one spe­cial night when every­thing goes a lit­tle topsy-turvy – Christ­mas Eve.

It’s when Wilkin­son finds her­self climb­ing into bed in the mid­dle of the night rather than emerg­ing from un­der the cov­ers in the wee hours of Christ­mas morn­ing.

For the past few years, Wilkin­son and To­day co-host Karl Ste­fanovic have hosted Vi­sion Aus­tralia’s Car­ols by Can­dle­light, which is broad­cast live from Mel­bourne all around the na­tion on De­cem­ber 24.

‘‘It usu­ally fin­ishes pretty late, around 11.30pm or so, so . . . in­vari­ably that means I end up get­ting into bed around three in the morn­ing, which means I’ve had the great for­tune for the last few years of be­ing in the air the same time as Santa.’’

Wilkin­son has warm mem­o­ries of watch­ing Car­ols by Can­dle­light at home be­fore she be­came in­volved in the show. ‘‘ It’s a great night to ei­ther be there or at home and shar­ing it with the fam­ily.’’

Among the per­form­ers tak­ing part are Rick­iLee Coul­ter, An­thony Cal­lea, Ma­rina Prior, Tim Camp­bell, Hi-5 and the cast of pop­u­lar stage

Car­ols hosts Karl Ste­fanovic and Lisa Wilkin­son mu­si­cal Love Never Dies. And this year’s am­bas­sador of the event is Aus­tralian Idol win­ner and chart-top­ping pop star Stan Walker.

Vi­sion Aus­tralia’s Car­ols by Can­dle­light: Satur­day, 8pm, Nine, NBN

AUNTY this year brings view­ers car­ols from St An­drew’s Cathe­dral, Syd­ney. A choir of men and boys sing well-known car­ols of Christ­mas and songs from a trea­sury of Angli­can sa­cred mu­sic. They per­form with the con­gre­ga­tion, which in­cludes no­table Aus­tralians and church lead­ers.

Car­ols from St An­drews: Satur­day, 6pm, ABC1

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