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Top 10 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, 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

Enjoy the Royal Albert Hall's annual Christmas Festival. The jam-packed programme features dazzling performances of Handel’s Messiah (15 Dec), festive classics with the Royal Choral Society (9 Dec) and the annual staging of Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas (11 Dec).

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

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. 15-16 Dec

Christmas at Westminster Abbey

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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

Be taken on a journey through opera classics with The Royal Opera's Christmas Concert which brings extracts from fairy tales including Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas and more in this festive performance. 18-20 Dec

Outdoor concerts

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

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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