Sunrise host Nat Barr reveals why Christmas will be ‘tough’ this year

It’s been quite a year for Natalie Barr, who stepped up to replace Samantha Armytage on Sunrise in March and is now getting ready to co-host the grand return of Carols in the Domain this week.

For the second year in a row, however, the TV star will be unable to spend time with her family during the festive season due to border restrictions.

Nat Barr at Carols in the Domain.
Nat Barr says it’s ‘pretty tough’ being away from her family during the festive season. Photo: Instagram/natalie_barr7

Speaking with Perth Now, Nat opened up about her Christmas plans apart from her loved ones who live in Western Australia.

“Like a lot of others this will be the second Christmas we don’t see any family members,” she told the publication. “It’s pretty tough to be honest.”


The Channel Seven presenter went on to say that she will be celebrating Christmas in Sydney this year with her husband Drew Thomson and their sons Lachlan and Hunter before spending some time in Bryon Bay.

“With the new job and the fact it’s been so busy, I haven’t taken any time off this year, so I am ready to put that phone down and stop scrolling and monitoring every bit of news every hour and pick up a couple of books and a couple of cocktails instead,” she detailed.

2021 will mark the ninth year that Nat has hosted Carols in the Domain, making her one of the longest-running presenters of the event.

In the past, she has hosted the annual Christmas concert alongside Grant Denyer, Matt White, David ‘Kochie’ Koch, Sam Armytage and Mark Beretta.

This year’s show is set to feature performances from The Wiggles, Samantha Jade, The Voice winner Bella Taylor-Smith and country music legend Carrie Underwood, who will be in Nashville.

Nat spoke candidly about the upcoming event earlier this month and admitted that there are still things that she gets nervous about.

“We still think that we might stuff something up,” Nat told New Idea. “I get nervous Kochie will step on my gown or I’ll mess up my lines.”

“We do that sometimes on Sunrise, so we could easily do it here,” Kochie added.

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