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Top 10 Christmas carols and concerts

Get in the festive spirit with some of the best Christmas carols London has to offer over the holiday season.

Sing along to popular Christmas carols in London, join a cosy or outdoor concert, enjoy classic music recitals with a seasonal twist, or be entertained by star performers at festive concerts this winter.

Usually, if you're keen to learn more about the Christmas story, you can head to one of London's iconic churches and cathedrals, such as Westminster Abbey, for a special advent service or winter concert during Christmas in London

Last year you could enjoy the following Christmas concerts in London. Check back later in the year for confirmed events to tune into during Christmas 2021.

Popular Christmas carols

Christmas Festival at the Royal Albert Hall

Enjoy the Royal Albert Hall's annual Christmas Festival. The jam-packed programme features dazzling performances of Handel’s Messiah, festive classics with the Royal Choral Society and the annual staging of Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas.

Christmas by Candlelight at St Gabriel's Church

Celebrate the festive season with a candlelit concert sung by the Colla Voce Singers at St Gabriel’s Church in Pimlico. A Colla Voce Christmas by Candlelight features much-loved seasonal music alongside gems from around the world.

A Christmas Carol from the Royale Dickens Company

Gear up for a wonderful night at Royale Dickens Company's take on A Christmas Carol. Join the live performance of this classic Christmas tale which follows the story of the miserly Scrooge and his ghost encounters.

Christmas at the Barbican

Discover the Barbican’s exciting series of festive concerts, carols and singalongs, as one of Europe’s largest arts centre welcomes world-class performances including BBC Choir in A Choral Christmas, Handel's Messiah, and A Dickensian Christmas.

Advent and Christmas at St Paul's Cathedral

London’s iconic St Paul's Cathedral hosts annual series of carols, services and recitals. Whether you are attending with kids for the annual Family Carols, reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas at Eucharist services, or enjoying a traditional carol concert, soak up the incredible acoustics of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece during Christmas in London.

The Sixteen at Christmas at Cadogan Hall

Delight in six centuries of choral masterpieces from The Sixteen at Christmas at Cadogan Hall. This timeless celebration of music moves from haunting medieval plainsong to current 20th century pieces to create a musical festive feast for the senses.

Christmas at Westminster Abbey

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Haunting harmonies from the choir and majestic notes from the organ are among the highlights of a series of concerts, recitals and services at beautiful Westminster Abbey. These usually include the annual Christmas concert, where young choristers and musicians lead an evening of carols, readings and choral works.

Christmas at the Union Theatre

See what's under the wraps for the Union Theatre this Christmas. Get your groove on with Christmas at the Musicals, see classics performed by The Fliss Gorst Band or tune into Ross Harmon's melodies at Merry and Bright.

The Royal Opera Christmas Concert

Be taken on a journey through opera classics with The Royal Opera's Christmas Concert which brings extracts from fairy tales including Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas and more in this festive performance.

Outdoor concerts

Wrap up warm and enjoy some festive cheer under the night sky at an outdoor Christmas carol concert.

A Starry Night at Lambeth Palace

Sit out under the stars in the stunning grounds of Lambeth Palace for an evening of festive music from world class performers. A Starry Night at Lambeth Palace features the English National Opera Choir and world renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson OBE.

Shop for gifts to the sound of festive tunes at London's Christmas markets or discover what else is on during Christmas in London.

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