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Southwark Cathedral
St-Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall Carols by Candlelight
Royal Albert Hall
Dimbleby Cancer Care: Carols By Candlelight
Christmas Carol Concert: Hope and Homes for Children
Gospel Carols by Candlelight
Christmas with King's College Choir
Matt Baker presents Grand Christmas Classics
Carols at The Ned
 

 

There are few better ways to get into a festive mood than singing carols around the Christmas tree or in one of London's famous churches and cathedrals. To make sure you know when and where to go this Yule, read our feature on all the best carol singing, Christmas services and festive concerts in the capital - including the popular Midnight Masses at St Paul's and Westminster.

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St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols & Services

Try St-Martins-in-the-Fields for a Christmas helping of carols, candles and community spirit.

St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4JJ

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 28th November to 30th December 2018

 

St Martin-in-the-Fields is a perfect venue for any kind of service or concert - especially when candlelit and on a cold winter's night - but it is really quite extraordinary during the festive period when it comes into its own with a generous dollop of Christmas carols and services. Located almost in the shadow of the towering Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree, St Martin-in-the-Fields offers a seasonal glow throughout December. The line-up this year includes the Carols for Shelter, BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal, Carols by Candlelight and the Parish Carol Service on Christmas Eve. The church also gets involved in the Blessing of the Crib in Trafalgar Square - a dramatisation of the Christmas nativity with carols, music, prayer and a live donkey.

 
 
 

St Paul's Christmas Carols & Services

The iconic cathedral hosts an extensive series of concerts throughout December.

St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, City, London, EC4M 8AD

Tube: St. Paul's Station , Mansion House Station, Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 1st to 27th December 2018

 

Few places are better for traditional Christmas services and carols than St Paul's, the spiritual home of Great Britain. St Christopher Wren's great dome, which dominates much of the City, fills with the sound of the Cathedral Choir for a large part of the month. Kicking off with the dramatic Advent Procession on 1st and 2nd December, these special services and concerts are free and available to all. The cathedral also hosts charity concerts for Age UK, Alzheimer's Society and the British Red Cross. The season peaks with the Christmas Carol Service on 23rd and 24th December and the excessively popular Midnight Eucharist on Christmas Eve.

 
 
 

Westminster Abbey

Head to one of London's most famous landmarks for a traditional Christmas service.

Westminster Abbey, Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3PA

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 25th December 2018

 

Pack inside one of London's most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service to take you right through to Christmas Day. Westminster Abbey has been at the centre of royal and religious life in Britain since the time of William the Conqueror, who was crowned here on Christmas Day 1066 following the successful Norman invasion of the British Isles. More recently, it was where Prince William and Catherine Middleton chose to get married. It's easy to lose sight of what Christmas is all about in the sea of commercialisation, but sitting in the majestic history of the Abbey's nave will help remind you of the religious message. These awe-inspiring surroundings provide a striking backdrop for an evening of lessons and carols. Most events do not need to be booked and are free to attend but for the popular services on 23rd and 24th December you will need to book free tickets in advance.

 
 
 

Carols at The Ned with Gareth Malone

An afternoon of feasting and singing in the hotel's Grand Banking Hall.

The Ned, 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ

Tube: Bank Station , Mansion House Station, Cannon Street Station, St. Paul's Station, Monument Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 16th December 2018

 

On the first three Sundays in December, The Ned hosts an evening of carols with Gareth Malone. Guests will be greeted by welcome drinks before enjoying either a three-course dinner in Millie's Lounge or Cecconi's or drinks and bites in The Nickel Bar. The giant Christmas tree, festive blooms and songs by the choir will make sure you're in the Christmas spirit. They'll take requests for your favourite traditional carols and mix it up with acapella renditions of Christmas party hits. After dinner, the hall will come to life with a choral line-up performing from The Nickel Stage.

 
 
 

Dimbleby Cancer Care: Carols By Candlelight

An evening of carols hosted by David and Jonathan Dimbleby.

St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey, 193 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UW

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 03rd December 2018

 

Join hosts David and Jonathan Dimbleby for an evening of Carols by Candlelight with special performances from the Junior Choir of Farringtons School. An annual event, this year marks 52 years of Dimbleby Cancer Care, which was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby. Money raised goes towards providing practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers. Following the service there will be wine and mince pies and the chance to take part in a festive raffle.

 
 
 
 

Children & the Arts Carol Concert

Myleene Klass and Brian Blessed are among the stars of the stage and screen coming together.

Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9BZ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: Monday 3rd December 2018

 

Myleene Klass presents a carol concert in aid of the Children & the Arts Carol Concert, taking place at Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square. Raising funds for the charity's work in bringing the arts to disadvantaged children throughout the UK, the concert will bring together stars of the stage and screen to perform in an event that will be broadcast by Classic FM as part of its Christmas programming. Actors Brian Blessed, Jeremy Irons, Sheila Atim and Dame Patricia Routledge will be among the famous faces doing festive readings.

 
 
 

Christmas Carol Concert: Hope and Homes for Children

Emilia Fox and Kate Adie join BBC Gospel Choir of the Year finalists, Get Gospel.

St Mary Abbots Parish Church, Kensington High Street, London, W8 4LA

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 5th December 2018

 

BBC Gospel Choir of the Year finalists, Get Gospel, and the award-winning soprano Katie Marshall are joined by celebrity supporters, actress Emilia Fox and journalist Kate Adie, for this year's Hope and Homes for Children's Christmas carol concert at St Mary Abbotts Church in Kensington. Julian Rhind-Tutt is your host for the evening as stars of TV and film give guest readings at the festive fundraiser on 5th December, alongside performances by the children of the Devonshire House School Choir. The service will be followed by wine and mince pies and you can also join in at the Christmas tea before the concert. It's all for a great cause - raising funds for Hope and Homes for Children who support vulnerable children in Rwandan and Ugandan orphanages.

 
 
 

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols

For a truly memorable Christmas experience it has to be carols in Trafalgar Square.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 6th to 25th December 2018

 

Since 1947, stately Trafalgar Square receives a majestic Norwegian Christmas Tree as an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for its support and friendship during World War Two. The enormous tree is a popular seasonal tourist attraction, particularly in the fortnight leading up to Christmas, when each evening (from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays, and from 2pm to 6pm at weekends) a different choir gathers there to sing carols and raise money for a range of voluntary or charitable organisations. Passers-by are welcome to come and listen to the carols in the square and join in the festive cheer. Nelson's Column is decorated with Norwegian white lights and the tree is illuminated from noon until midnight until the Twelfth Night of Christmas in early January. A few days after the official lighting of the tree there's a torch-lit procession on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields, as the choir and clergy bless the Crib in a special ceremony in Trafalgar Square. The tree actually goes up in late November if you want to see it in all its naked evergreen glory.

 
 
 

Southwark Cathedral Carols & Services

Catch a festive service at historic Southwark, located in the heart of Borough Market.

Southwark Cathedral, Bridge, Bankside, London, SE1 9DA

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 11th to 25th December 2018

 

Southwark Cathedral has a number of festive services open to the public throughout December including a rather special concert on 11th December for Feed the Minds, raising money for the charity which helps transform lives through education projects. Everyone's invited to the free Mayor of London's Christmas Carol Service on Monday 17th December from 7pm to 8pm. The Cathedral Choir Concerts on Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd December offer traditional lessons and carols, no tickets required, and the bulk of the singing is done by the boys, girls and men of the Cathedral Choir. The congregation gets a chance to join in and sing some of their favourites while the festive music is interspersed with readings taken from the Bible around of the birth of Jesus. On Christmas Eve children help to build the crib at a family service, it's followed by Midnight Mass before a 9am service with carols on Christmas Day itself.

 
 
 

Christmas with King's College Choir

The well known choir joins forces with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Thursday 13th December 2018

 

The Philharmonia Orchestra joins forces with the world-renowned Choir of King's College, Cambridge, at the Royal Festival Hall for a seasonal celebration, performing a selection of Christmas carols. Enjoy an evening of festive classics performed by the famous voices of the chapel choristers and the Crouch End Festival Chorus who also sing with Andrea Bocelli at The O2 Arena and at the Royal Albert Hall this winter. The festivities continue at Royal Festival Hall with 'Grand Christmas Classics', presented by Matt Baker, the following evening and 'Christmas at the Movies' on Sunday 16th December - an afternoon concert of favourite festive film scores.

 
 
 
 

Grand Christmas Classics

Matt Baker presents traditional songs featuring the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Band of the Coldstream Guards.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Friday 14th December 2018

 

Countryfile co-host and TV favourite Matt Baker presents Grand Christmas Classics at the Royal Festival Hall promising a programme of joyous traditional music and readings perfectly capturing the true spirit of Christmas. Featuring the prestigious Fanfare Trumpeters of the Band of the Coldstream Guards, pieces performed will include Adam - 'O Holy Night', In the bleak midwinter, Silent Night and Leroy Anderson's jingle-bell classic, Sleigh Ride. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and The Twelve Days of Christmas are also on the bill, together with carols for all to join in. The festive season at Royal Festival Hall also brings Christmas with King's College Choir and 'Christmas at the Movies' on Sunday 16th December - an afternoon concert of favourite festive film scores.

 
 
 

Gospel Carols by Candlelight

Traditional gospel and festive songs by the award winning IDMC Gospel Choir.

St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ED

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th December 2018

 

Everyone is welcome to this special concert where you'll be serenaded with traditional gospel and festive songs by the award winning IDMC Gospel Choir. Taking place over two nights in the atmospheric and candlelit St Paul's Church, affectionately known as The Actors' Church, it's the perfect way to get you ready for Christmas. You'll be greeted with complementary mulled wine and a mince pies on arrival before a soulful and energetic by the choir who shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, helping to raise £25 million. Theyve also supported Matt Goss at this year's BBC Proms in the Park, and previously supported Jason Mraz and Michael Buble on tour. The concert, held in aid of Feed the Minds, sold out last year so booking in advance is strongly advised.

 
 
 

Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

Compere Greg Beardsell will lead you through mass sing-alongs.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th December 2018

 

Held in the two days before Christmas, the Royal Albert Hall's Christmas carols programme is a fun-filled jamboree of carols and Christmas hits where you can sing along to festive favourites in spectacular surroundings. Join the Royal Choral Society, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the fanfare team of Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards for traditional carols, modern arrangements, and festive favourites. Compere Greg Beardsell will lead you through mass sing-alongs to your favourite carols and this year there's a brand-new version of Silent Night penned by James Bond film composer David Arnold.

 
 
 
 
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