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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, such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, for a special advent service or winter concert for Christmas in London.

Below are some of the best London Christmas concerts for 2018.

Christmas Festival at the Royal Albert Hall

Enjoy the Royal Albert Hall's annual Christmas Festival. This year's programme features 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. 1-31 Dec

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. 30 Nov

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. 1-28 Dec

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

Enjoy Christmas concerts and carols at the 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. 28 Nov-6 Jan

Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square

Fill yourself with Christmas cheer in December amid the Baroque features of St John's Smith Square. Choral works, classical recitals and carol concerts combine to make up the annual Christmas Festival at the Westminster concert venue, where Benjamin Britten once sang with his school choir. 8-23 Dec

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 highlights is the annual Christmas concert, where you’ll join young choristers and musicians for an evening of carols, readings and choral works. 2-25 Dec

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Christmas 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 animals, brings along some of its four-legged residents for an evening of festive fun at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea. 7 Dec

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 cheer. 10-21 Dec

Carol concert at Eltham Palace and Gardens

Celebrate winter in London with a carol concert in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall at Eltham Palace. Closer to Christmas, you can see the gardens of the stunning art deco mansion transformed into an enchanting light trail. 3 Dec

Temple Winter Festival at Temple Church

Experience outstanding choral music in a historic location with the Temple Winter Festival at Temple Church. Listen to a line-up of artists performing classical and modern Christmas songs during the festive season. 10-14 Dec

Mariah Carey at The O2

Sing along to Mariah Carey’s biggest hits as she brings the All I Want for Christmas Tour to The O2. Enjoy songs from her much-loved Christmas album, including All I Want for Christmas is You. 11 Dec. Book now

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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