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Carols to bring joy to the Domain

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 Danielle McGrane

Sunrise host Mark Beretta reckons he witnesses just the hint of a miracle during the annual staging of Carols in the Domain.

"Every year the girls try a very ambitious wardrobe-change in the middle of the show," he explains.

"It's really hard because they've got to leave where they're hosting, run through the crowd, quickly get changed and run back."

The 'girls' are Sunrise mates Samantha Armytage and Natalie Barr, who co-host the event with Beretta and David Koch.

"I think last year Sam had a big bat poo on her shoulder and she had just put the new dress on, so that was a bit of drama," he said.

"The wardrobe girls mopped it up or disguised it and she went on fine but it's one of the dangers of being in that area of the city; there's plenty of wildlife there."

Barr reckons the night features a few behind-the-scenes miracles that demand skill to negotiate including being able to run in heels.

"We come out and host from the stage but then in between we have a side-hosting position ... because the choirs and singers are getting off," she said.

"So we run in between carols to our other positions through the grass, which is fun, and we're singing away as we go. Sam and I are in our ball gowns and the guys are in their dinner suits."

This year's 34th edition of Carols features performances by Jessica Mauboy, Dami Im, John Paul Young and Leo Sayer.

"We have so much terrible news, I sit there and read horrible news stories every single day, of horrible people doing horrible things and this is one night that it is just a lovely night," Barr said.

"There's nothing bad about Carols."

*Carols in the Domain will air on the Seven Network on Sunday December 18 from 8.30pm (AEDT)

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