Penny Mcnamee talks Car­ols in the Do­main.

THE HOME AND AWAY AC­TRESS SPILLS ON THIS YEAR’S CAR­OLS IN THE DO­MAIN

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Ab­so­lutely glow­ing, Penny Mcnamee has a lot to cel­e­brate this year. Preg­nant with her sec­ond child, the gor­geous mum of three-year-old Jack is ex­cited her lit­tle boy and hus­band Matt Tooker will be in the crowd singing along with her as she per­forms at this year’s Wool­worths Car­ols in the Do­main. With a singing back­ground, Penny feels at home on the stage. Here, she chats to New Idea about why the night is so mag­i­cal. How many times have you done Car­ols in the Do­main? This is my sec­ond year do­ing Car­ols. Last year was my first and I had such a beau­ti­ful night and I loved it. It was a dream come true to sing at the Car­ols in the Do­main. Per­form­ing a sec­ond time and be­ing asked back was a real hon­our.

What did you love most about the ex­pe­ri­ence? It’s just a re­ally mag­i­cal night. Peo­ple from all across Syd­ney come to the beau­ti­ful Do­main and ev­ery­one sings all of th­ese beau­ti­ful songs about joy, peace and thanks­giv­ing. Ev­ery­one is just in a re­ally happy mood with their fam­i­lies. It’s a very spe­cial event.

Will your own fam­ily be there on the night? Yes. They all came last year, so they’re all go­ing to be there again. It’s good – this year, Jack will be a bit older so he’ll un­der­stand a bit more of what’s go­ing on. Last year, he was just two-and-a-half so this year, at three-and-a-half, he’ll re­ally un­der­stand it all which is fun.

Have you cho­sen the carol you’ll be singing? I’m singing two songs. I don’t think I can say what they are – it’s to be re­vealed on the night.

And is it a favourite? Yes, it is. Last year, I sang “Mary’s Boy Child”, which is lovely, so I’ll be singing a dif­fer­ent one this time. Growing up, did Christ­mas

car­ols al­ways hold a spe­cial place in your heart? Yes, my fam­ily al­ways put on a car­ols event in our home and did a na­tiv­ity play, so singing Christ­mas car­ols is some­thing that al­ways re­minds me of fam­ily and Christ­mas.

THE FREE WOOL­WORTHS CAR­OLS IN THE DO­MAIN EVENT IS ON DEC. 22, 2018, AT THE DO­MAIN IN SYD­NEY FROM 12 NOON. YOU CAN CATCH IT LIVE ON 7 FROM 8PM. MAKE SURE YOU PICK UP YOUR CAR­OLS SONG­BOOK IN NEW IDEA, ON SALE DEC. 17.

Penny is look­ing for­ward to her fam­ily be­ing there in the Do­main watch­ing her sing, in­clud­ing her son Jack.

Penny be­fore last year’s Car­ols with fel­low per­form­ers Saman­tha Jade and Dami Im.

The beau­ti­ful Penny per­formed “Mary’s Boy Child” last year in the Do­main.

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