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Nothing sings Christmas like a candlelit concert. Whether you’re looking to belt out a few notes of your own or sit back and soak up the surroundings, here’s the shortlist of the top locations to hear carols in the capital.
Christmas carols at Hampton Court Palace (17-23 Dec)
The fairytale one. Henry VII’s Tudor palace hosts its famous do-it-yourself carol singing accompanied by the Epsom & Ewell Silver Band. Sing your heart out beneath the stars in the courtyards of the palace. Illuminated in the dark, this makes a stunning night-time destination. Don’t forget to try out the ice rink!
Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square (9-22 Dec)
The traditional one. For years crowds have flocked beneath this gigantic tree in Trafalgar Square to listen to songs and join in with carol services. Every night until 22 Dec, different carol groups will be singing all the classics, from Deck the Halls and Good King Wenceslas, to Ding Dong Merrily on High and The Holly and the Ivy, plus it’s all for charity.
Southwark Cathedral Christmas Carols (Throughout December)
The family one. Singing, readings, and music all under the roof of the stunning Southwark Cathedral. Highlights include the Cathedral Sing-in, The Southwark Cathedral Choir Concert and the Christmas Eve ceremonious Building of the Crib– an event created specially for children and which follows the Nativity Story with readings and carols. See choir boy Raphael revel in the festive atmosphere of Southwark Cathedral in this heart-warming video. Watch it for a chance to win a five night trip to London!
St-Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols (Throughout December)
The grand one. This landmark church hosts an outstanding music programme throughout the year with lunchtime concerts and top musicians but is even busier than ever in the festive season. Special concerts include the incredibly popular Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge’s Glory of Christmas by Candlelight and two chances to see the English Chamber Choir and Belmont Ensemble of London perform Handel’s Messiah.
Royal Albert Hall Christmas Festival (13-24 Dec)
The lively one. The Royal Albert Hall’s Christmas Sing-along does exactly what it says on the tin and features all the classic tunes and Christmas hits. Other concerts at the venue include The Glory of Christmas, The BT Christmas Concert, Anton and Erin’s Christmas Cracker, Carols by Candleight and Royal Choral Society Christmas Carols.
Our pick of top upcoming carol concerts include:
- Christmas Carol Concert in aid of Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity (19 Dec)
- London Gay Mens Chorus Concert (19-21 Dec)
- Forces Sweethearts at Christmas at the Queen’s Theatre (20 Dec)
See more about Christmas in London.