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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, attend classic music recitals with a seasonal twist, or be entertained by star performers during festive concerts.

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

Below are some of our favourite London Christmas concerts from 2017. Check back later in the year for more information on London's best Christmas carols and concerts in 2018.

Christmas Festival at the Royal Albert Hall

Enjoy the Royal Albert Hall’s annual Christmas Festival run by classic music specialists Raymond Gubbay. Last year's programme featured a 500-strong choir during Handel’s Messiah, Katherine Jenkins' spectacular Christmas concert, and festive classics at The BT Christmas Concert. Raymond Gubbay also hosts a season of concerts at the Barbican after Christmas.

G4 Christmas by Candlelight at St James’s Church

Let one of the world’s greatest quartets entertain you during G4 Christmas by Candlelight at St James’s Church in Piccadilly. Hear the former X-Factor finalists perform 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

Step into London’s iconic St Paul's Cathedral for a season of carols, services and recitals. Whether you’re 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’ll be able to 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

Enjoy concerts and carols at the atmospheric St Martin-in-the-Fields church, offering opera music, choral recitals, popular Christmas carols and more. For something a little different, enjoy an evening of Norwegian music to celebrate the installation of the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, which is an annual gift from Oslo.

Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

Fill yourself with Christmas cheer during two weeks of concerts amid the Baroque features of St John's Smith Square. Choral works, classical recitals and theatrical performances combine to make up the annual Christmas Festival at the Westminster concert venue. 

Christmas at Westminster Abbey

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Be treated to haunting harmonies from the choir and majestic notes from the organ at Christmas in a series of concerts, recitals and services at beautiful Westminster Abbey. One of the usual highlights is the annual Christmas Concert, where you’ll join young choristers and musicians for an evening of carols, readings and choral works. 

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

Enjoy a canine Christmas treat with the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's annual carol concert in London. The charity, which looks after and rehomes lost and abandoned dogs, brings along some of its four-legged residents for an evening of festive fun at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea.

Christmas concert at Cutty Sark

Gaze up at one of the world’s most famous ships as you’re treated to festive songs during a Christmas concert at Cutty Sark. Tap your feet along to a mix of classic and modern sounds while enjoying mulled wine and mince pies at the historic Greenwich attraction, which is lit up with Christmas lights over the holiday season. 

Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square

Stand beneath the famous Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square and listen to one of many choirs performing carol concerts in the run-up to Christmas. Wrap up warm and hum along to the likes of We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Deck the Halls, and Away in a Manger, as the carols are sung with festive fervour by choirs from around the country.

A Classic FM Christmas at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Experience A Classic FM Christmas with a line-up of festive performances in the grand surroundings of the popular West End theatre. Join more than 100 performers from the orchestra and chorus of the English National Opera for a line-up of classical tunes at this London Christmas concert.

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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