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Best Christmas carols and concerts in London 2023

Get in the festive spirit with the best Christmas carols and concerts London has to offer over the holiday season.
Christmas Carols at St Paul's Cathedral
Christmas Carols at St Paul's Cathedral

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

To learn more about the Christmas story, 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 later for confirmed details of the best London Christmas carols and concerts for 2023.

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. 2023 TBC

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. 2023 TBC

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. Last year, you could 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. 2023 TBC

Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

Be filled with Christmas cheer amid the baroque features of St John's Smith Square. Attend choir performances, 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. 2023 TBC

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. 2023 TBC

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. In previous years, the jam-packed calendar has featured a spectacular staging of Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas and Home Alone in Concert accompanied by a live symphony orchestra. 2023 TBC

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. 2023 TBC

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. 2023 TBC

Christmas at the Barbican

Discover the Barbican’s exciting series of festive concerts, carols and singalongs for Christmas. One of Europe’s largest arts centres, it welcomes a world-class lineup of wintertime performances. 2023 TBC

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