Sing along to popular Christmas carols in London, join a virtual or outdoor concert, enjoy classic music recitals with a seasonal twist, or be entertained by star performers at festive concerts this winter.
This year, you can expect venues to follow the latest safety guidelines in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.
If you’re keen to learn more about the Christmas story, head to one of London’s iconic churches and cathedrals, such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, for a special advent service or winter concert during Christmas in London.
Virtual Christmas concerts
- Celebrate Advent with an uplifting online programme from the atmospheric St Martin-in-the-Fields church on Trafalgar Square. Feel the festive atmosphere at Vivaldi Magnificat: Music for Advent or tune into Festive Family Carols by Candlelight and much more. Various dates
- Fill your house with festive music with the online Carols in the City. Enjoy Christmas tunes, seasonal readings by special guests and music from chamber choir Canticum while supporting the work of Marie Curie nurses. 7 Dec
- Join celebrity readers and the choir of St Paul’s Knightsbridge for a virtual celebration of Christmas with the Foundation Carol Service in the elaborate Victorian surroundings. 9 Dec
Popular Christmas carols
Christmas Festival at the Royal Albert Hall
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. 12 Dec
Advent and Christmas at St Paul's Cathedral
London’s iconic St Paul's Cathedral hosts annual series of carols, services and recitals. Whether you are attending with kids for the annual Family Carols, reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas at Eucharist services, or enjoying a traditional carol concert, soak up the incredible acoustics of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece during Christmas in London. TBC
The Sixteen at Christmas at Cadogan Hall
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. TBC
The Royal Opera Christmas Concert
Wrap up warm and enjoy some festive cheer under the night sky at an outdoor Christmas carol concert.
A Starry Night at Lambeth Palace
Sit out under the stars in the stunning grounds 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 and world renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson OBE. Celebrating the work of Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, it will be streamed live if you're unable to attend in person. 15 Dec