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Best Christmas carols and concerts in London

Get in the festive spirit with some of the best Christmas carols and concerts 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, you can head to one of London's iconic churches and cathedrals, such as Westminster Abbey, for a special advent service or winter concert during Christmas in London.

Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

Enjoy the Royal Albert Hall's annual Christmas carols, shows and concerts. The jam-packed programme features dazzling performances of Handel’s Messiah, festive classics with the Royal Choral Society and the annual staging of Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas.

Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square

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

A Christmas by Candlelight at St Gabriel's Church

Celebrate the festive season with a candlelit concert sung by the Colla Voce Singers at St Gabriel’s Church in Pimlico. A Colla Voce Christmas by Candlelight features much-loved seasonal music alongside gems from around the world.

Christmas at the Barbican

Discover the Barbican’s exciting series of festive concerts, carols and singalongs, as one of Europe’s largest arts centres welcome world-class performances, including from the Mozart Festival Orchestra in Carols by Candlelight and the London Concert Orchestra in Jingle Bell Christmas.

Advent and Christmas at St Paul's Cathedral

London’s iconic St Paul's Cathedral hosts an annual series of carols, services and recitals. Whether you are attending the moving, candlelit Advent Carols services, reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas at Eucharist services, or enjoying a traditional carol concert with the family, soak up the incredible acoustics of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece during Christmas in London.

The Sixteen at Christmas at Cadogan Hall

Delight in six centuries of choral masterpieces from The Sixteen at Christmas at Cadogan Hall. This timeless celebration of music moves from haunting medieval plainsong to current 20th-century pieces to create a musical festive feast for the senses.

Christmas at Westminster Abbey

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

A Starry Night at Lambeth Palace

Take a seat in the stunning Great Hall of Lambeth Palace for an evening of festive music from world-class performers. A Starry Night at Lambeth Palace features the English National Opera Choir, world-renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson MBE and soprano singer Alexandra Kennedy.

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

The annual lineup of Christmas concerts and carols returns to atmospheric St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in 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

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

Carols in the courtyard at Fulham Palace

Head to the beautifully restored Tudor courtyard at Fulham Palace for a starlit carol concert led by All Saints Church Choir. Keep the cold at bay with some warming hot chocolate or mulled wine or tuck into some traditional Christmas fare such as mince pies and gingerbread men.

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

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

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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