Christmas Carols In London To Make You Feel All Warm And Fuzzy Inside This December

Laura Reynolds
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Christmas Carols In London To Make You Feel All Warm And Fuzzy Inside This December
Christmas carols at the Royal Albert Hall

You could attend a carol concert every day in December, and still not experience all the Silent Nights and Away In A Mangers London has to offer. We've put together our pick of carol concerts in the capital, including stunning settings, carols with a gospel twist — and the service where they welcome dogs into the church.

Carols by Candlelight at Cadogan Hall

CADOGAN HALL: Around the corner from Sloane Square, Chelsea's Cadogan Hall has a programme of Christmas events running throughout December. Highlights include A Choral Christmas with Royal Philharmonia Orchestra, Christmas with Barts Choir, West End Does: Christmas, and Carols by Candlelight. 1-31 December

ST LUKE'S CHURCH, CHELSEA: The Royal Brompton Hospital Charity holds its Carols by Candlelight concert, with performances by its patient choir, Singing for Breathing, as well as Fortis Voices. Money raised this year goes towards its post-Covid mental health programme. 1 December

Joanna Lumley attends the Kids for Kids concert

ST PETER'S CHURCH, BELGRAVIA: Kids for Kids holds a Magical Candlelit Christmas Concert, with Joanna Lumley and Timothy West on the star-studded line-up. Add in a trumpet fanfare, school choirs, mince pies and mulled wine, and you've got the full festive experience. 2 December (or online on 14 December)

BATTERSEA CAROLS: We shouldn't have favourites, we know, but we do have a soft spot for the Battersea Christmas Carol Concert, not least because they bring dogs into the church to form a canine guard of honour. Naturally, money raised goes back into the work Battersea does for dogs and cats, and there's a chance to purchase Battersea gifts at the end of the concert. Really though, we're here for the dogs. Takes place at St Luke's Church, Chelsea. 2-3 December

ST PAUL'S CHURCH COVENT GARDEN: It's no surprise that a venue dubbed 'the actor's church' kicks off its festive season with A Musical Theatre Christmas, bringing together cast members from West End musicals to raise money for The Actors' Church Benevolent Fund and The Royal Theatrical Fund. Following this, a selection of carol concerts and Christmas celebrations unfold throughout December. 5-19 December

ST PAUL'S, KNIGHTSBRIDGE: This beautiful west London church hosts an evening of performances by its own choir, along with festive readings, accompanied by champagne and mulled wine. It's also livestreamed, for those who can't make it in person. 7 December

Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

ROYAL ALBERT HALL: As ever, London's fanciest concert hall comes into its own at Christmas. Here are some of the highlights of its festive programme:

  • Christmas with the Salvation Army includes performances by the charity's bands and singers, special readings and carol singing. (8 December)
  • Christmas with the Royal Choral Society, a group which has been performing at the RAH since 1872. They're accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as they perform traditional carols such as Silent Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and O Come all Ye Faithful. (13 December)
  • Carols at the Royal Albert Hall is the final countdown to the big day, with up to three performances a day. Join in with festive favourites at the family-friendly events. (18-24 December)

BARBICAN: Head to Barbican for a Christmas Carol Singalong, just a week before Christmas. Conductor Jonathan Cohen leads the audience in renditions of Winter Wonderland, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and other familiar classics. 18 December

Find other things to do in London at Christmas, including ice skating, Christmas markets and light switch-on ceremonies.

Last Updated 26 October 2021

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