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Best Christmas carols and concerts in London 2022

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

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

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

The locations below usually host some of London's top Christmas carols – check back soon for more details of the best London Christmas carols and concerts for 2022.

Advent and Christmas at St Paul's Cathedral

Visit London’s iconic St Paul's Cathedral for its annual programme of Advent and Christmas services in the lead-up to Christmas. Look out for traditional carol performances, Handel's Messiah, charity concerts and a midnight Eucharist on Christmas Eve. 26 Nov-25 Dec

Christmas at Westminster Abbey

Join a series of concerts, recitals and Christmas services in the beautiful surroundings of Westminster Abbey. The abbey usually plays host to a popular annual Christmas concert, where young choristers and musicians lead an evening of carols, readings and choral works. 27 Nov-25 Dec

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

A photo of a crowd in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in the evening, attending a ceremony.
A ceremony in St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. Image courtesy of Liam Bailey.

Check out the lineup of Christmas concerts and carols at the atmospheric St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square. Bring the whole family along to Carols for Kids, or enjoy special candlelit performances, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in this elegant setting. 1-22 Dec

Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

Be filled with Christmas cheer amid the baroque features of St John's Smith Square. Attend performances by the City of London Choir, listen to organ recitals and enjoy carols by candlelight during the annual Christmas Festival at the Westminster concert venue, where Benjamin Britten once sang with his school choir. 1-28 Dec

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

Support the mission of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home by attending its annual Christmas Carol Concert in London. The charity, which looks after and rehomes lost and abandoned animals, usually brings along some of its four-legged residents for two evenings of festive fun at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea. 2 and 9 Dec

Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas playing on stage at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas is a tradition at Royal Albert Hall. Image courtesy of Royal Albert Hall.

Enjoy the Royal Albert Hall's annual programme of festive carols, shows and concerts this winter. The jam-packed calendar features a spectucular staging of Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas, Home Alone in Concert accompanied by a live symphony orchestra and A Christmas Gaiety with drag performer Peaches Christ and the BBC Concert Orchestra. 3-31 Dec

Carols in the Courtyard at Fulham Palace

Head to Fulham Palace for Christmas carols in the beautifully restored Tudor courtyard. Keep the cold at bay with a warming mulled wine and tuck into some traditional Christmas fare, including mince pies. 3 and 4 Dec

Christmas at the Barbican

Discover the Barbican’s exciting series of festive concerts, carols and singalongs this Christmas. One of Europe’s largest arts centres, it welcomes a world-class lineup of wintertime performances including the King's College Choir, Carols by Candlelight and Jingle Bell Christmas. 8 Dec-1 Jan

Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square

Carol singers in matching black clothes and Santa hats, led by a director, standing and singing in front of a festively decorated Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, covered in twinkling, vertical lights.
Carol singers in Trafalgar Square. Image courtesy of the GLA.

Head to the famous Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, where choirs perform carol concerts in the run-up to Christmas. Hum along to the festive classics sung by the groups in a traditional style without microphones or amps. Dec TBC

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