The Royal Albert Hall Is The Home Of Christmas

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Last Updated 09 December 2022

The Royal Albert Hall Is The Home Of Christmas

This is a sponsored article on behalf of the Royal Albert Hall.

Yellow lights point upwards from a purple and red stage

Welcome to the home of Christmas!

There's nowhere quite like the Royal Albert Hall. This beautiful bauble of a building has been making the festive season extra special for 150 years. And 2022 might just be the best one yet — a delicious feast of entertainment with all the trimmings, and seasonal music for everyone's tastes.

Like a super-charged advent calendar, the Royal Albert Hall packs in more than 50 performances over 29 days. There's a lot to unwrap!

A selection box of entertainment

Jazz performers on a stage

Talk about an eclectic mix! The season gets off to a riotous start with A Christmas Gaiety. Billed as "A queer orchestral extravaganza," the show features drag performances of seasonal hits, fronted by Peaches Christ and conductor Edwin Outwater.

More star turns follow, including a pair of Swinging Christmas concerts led by Rick Astley. Trevor Nelson's Soul Christmas features an all-star guest list of performers, including Andrew Roachford, Corinne Bailey Rae, Kimberly Davis, Vula Malinga and others.

Guy Barker is back with his Big Band Christmas (now in its seventh year), and a night of "Jazz at the Movies" keeps things swinging. Speaking of the movies, how about catching a screening of Home Alone, accompanied by an orchestral performance of John Williams's classic score?

Add on a performance of A Christmas Carol and a brace of children's shows (My Christmas Adventure and Storytime with Father Christmas), and this is one mighty selection box of seasonal entertainment.

A traditional Christmas

Ballerinas performing the Nutcracker with blue mirror background

If you'd rather sit back and enjoy something a little more traditional, then the Royal Albert Hall has one of the best line-ups in town. The venue is known the world-over for its orchestral performances, so where better to enjoy the majestic sounds of the Philharmonia Chorus as they perform Handel’s Messiah?

Renowned singer Katherine Jenkins OBE also takes to the stage, to perform seasonal favourites with the London Concert Orchestra.

No Christmas line-up would be complete without a carol concert. The Royal Albert Hall stages what must be the biggest in London. Music is provided not only by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but also the Royal Choral Society, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and British Imperial Military Band, with soloist Vanessa Haynes adding the personal touch. They don't do things by halves here.

The carols continue, merrily on high, with further concerts, including a performance by the London Community Gospel Choir and another by the Royal Choral Society.

Finally, Birmingham Royal Ballet return for the first time since 2019 with their take on The Nutcracker.

A packed Royal Albert Hall with people waving flags and paper

If you've never experienced a festive event at the Royal Albert Hall, make sure it's on your Christmas list for 2022. And if you have, you'll know what a treat it is, already. There really is no place like this magical, musical bauble.

Browse the seasonal line-up, and book tickets now.

All images courtesy of the Royal Albert Hall.