Dogs Are Allowed Into Church For Battersea's Barking Mad Carol Concert

Dogs Are Allowed Into Church For Battersea's Barking Mad Carol Concert

Listen up, animal lovers. Tickets are on sale now for Battersea's annual Christmas Carol Concert — the one where dogs are allowed in the church.

The animal home's carol concert is one of the capital's stand-out events every Christmas, due to the canine guard of honour which welcomes guests to the church. The dogs remain in church throughout the concert, flying the flag for what the event is all about — raising money to support Battersea's work.

There are actually two concerts this year, no doubt due to popular demand in previous years, but the dogs will be present at both. Mulled wine and mince pies are available for (human) revellers, and award-winning soprano Katie Marshall, and the Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir are this year's performers.

The programme features an array of festive carols — think Have Yourself A Hairy Little Christmas, Away In A Mongrel, and We Woof You A Merry Christmas (And A Yappy New Year).

While it's a dog-centric service, you're asked to leave your own four-legged pal at home to avoid causing any stress to the Battersea dogs, who will no doubt be on their very best behaviour.

Battersea's Christmas Carol Concert takes place at St Luke's Church in Chelsea, Thursday 5 and Friday 13 December 2019. Tickets are £20-£30 and need to be booked in advance — they will sell out.

Last Updated 12 November 2019