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Top 11 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, enjoy classic music recitals with a seasonal twist, or be entertained by star performers at festive concerts this winter.

If you’re keen to learn more about the Christmas story, head to one of London’s iconic churches and cathedrals, such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, for a special advent service or winter concert during Christmas in London.

Below are some of the best London Christmas concerts from 2018. Check back later in the year for confirmed details of carol concerts in London for Christmas 2019.

Christmas Festival at the Royal Albert Hall

Enjoy the Royal Albert Hall's annual Christmas Festival. Last year's programme featured a dazzling performance of Handel’s Messiah, The Snowman and Paddington Bear screenings to live music, the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker and plenty of festive classics.

G4 Christmas by Candlelight at St James’s Church

One of the world’s greatest quartets took to the stage for G4 Christmas by Candlelight at St James’s Church in Piccadilly in 2018. The former X-Factor finalists performed much-loved Christmas tunes, from Silent Night to All I Want for Christmas, in an intimate candlelit concert at the beautiful West End church.

Advent and Christmas at St Paul's Cathedral

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

Christmas carols and concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

The annual lineup of Christmas concerts and carols returned to atmospheric St Martin-in-the-Fields church on Trafalgar Square, offering candlelit performances of Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and festive family carols in an elegant Georgian neoclassical setting.

Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

You could fill yourself with Christmas cheer last December amid the Baroque features of St John's Smith Square. Choral works, classical recitals and carol concerts combined as part of the annual Christmas Festival at the Westminster concert venue, where Benjamin Britten once sang with his school choir.

Christmas at Westminster Abbey

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

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Christmas Carol Concert at St Luke's Church

Canine Christmas treats were included at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's annual carol concert in London. The charity, which looks after and rehomes lost and abandoned animals, brought along some of its four-legged residents for an evening of festive fun at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea.

Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square

The famous Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square again played host to choirs who performed carol concerts in the run-up to Christmas. Festive classics included the likes of We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Deck the Halls and Away in a Manger.

Carol concert at Eltham Palace and Gardens

You could celebrate winter in London with a carol concert in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall at Eltham Palace in 2018. Closer to Christmas, the gardens of the stunning art deco mansion were transformed into an enchanting light trail.

Temple Winter Festival at Temple Church

Outstanding choral music rang through with the historic setting of Temple Church during the Temple Winter Festival in 2018. The festival featured a lineup of artists performing classical and modern Christmas songs throughout the festive season.

Mariah Carey at The O2

Mariah Carey’s biggest hits were part of the All I Want for Christmas Tour at The O2 in 2018. Fans could enjoy songs from her much-loved Christmas album, including festive classic All I Want for Christmas is You.

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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