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