Christmas Carol Concerts

Christmas carols at Trafalgar Square

  • For festive Christmas carols London is home to one of the most famous services in the world, taking place annually at Trafalgar Square.
  • Visit the Square this Christmas and get in good voice for the Christmas carols London season.
  • Trafalgar Square will be home to a season of carol services throughout December, inviting Londoners to get into the festive spirit. A selection of choirs from across the capital are setting up in the Square and going through all the classics.
  • Christmas carols at Trafalgar Square take place on nights throughout Monday 7th December – Monday 21st December 2009.
  • Nearest tubes: Charing Cross and Leicester Square.

St Martin in the Fields Christmas Carols

  • Join in with all the festive singing for Christmas 2009 with a full month of St Martin in the Fields Christmas carols services.
  • Right from the beginning of December to Christmas Eve and beyond, there are several Christmas carols services and concerts to enjoy. Whether you are a regular carol concert fan or have never been to a festive celebration at a church in your life, the St Martin in the Fields Christmas carols will get you in the mood for Christmas 2009.
  • 7.30pm Thursday 3rd December
    The Christmas carols season at St Martin in the Fields kicks off with the VSO Christmas Concert by Candlelight to make you feel the festive spirit. Tickets for this popular carol service range from £7.00 – £28.00.
  • 4pm Saturday 5th December
    The first weekend in December sees the London Concert Choir celebrate its 50th anniversary with some family advent carols, with traditional songs for everyone to enjoy. Children are especially welcome at this service. Adult tickets cost £12.00, while kids under 16 cost £6.00.
  • 7.30pm Thursday 10th December
    Festive words and music feature at the Glory of Christmas by Candlight Concert by the Choir Christ’s College Cambridge and Thames Chamber Orchestra. Tickets range from £7.00 – £20.00.
  • 4.30pm Wednesday 23rd December
    Traditional carols are the theme of the evening as the English Chamber Choir serenade their audience with beautiful vocals. Tickets for the carol service are £12.00. Mixing traditional carols and songs from the choir, this promises to be a uplifting carol service on the last day before Christmas Eve.
  • 7.30pm Boxing Day
    A traditional Boxing Day Baroque service takes place on Saturday 26th December courtesy of the Belmont Ensemble of London. The programme includes works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach and Handel, in a refreshing but still traditional musical alternative to Christmas carols services. Tickets range from £6.00 – £25.00.
  • Crib Ceremony
    Sunday 6th December sees the Crib Family Service which is always popular with kids and family. The Blessing of the Crib accompanys a lively selection of readings and carols, followed by a procession to Trafalgar Square. As this is a free and popular carol service, you are advised to arrive early to guarantee a seat.

St Pauls Cathedral

  • Traditional Christmas carol singing at a historic London landmark
  • St Pauls is easily London’s most famous cathedral and its architecture and history are known throughout the world. A cathedral has been on the site since 604 AD, and the current one was built by notable architect Christopher Wren over 300 years ago. Some of England’s most historic events have taken place there, including Lord Nelson’s funeral, Queen Victoria’s Jubilee and the wedding of Charles and Diana.
  • Tuesday 15th December
    The festive season is celebrated in magnificent style this year with a number of services featuring Christmas carols at St Pauls Cathedral. Songs performed by the Cathedral Choir as well as readings by celebrities will feature at the Celebration of Christmas special service. Starting at 6.30pm, this popular event promises to be a spectacular part of the season of Christmas carols at St Pauls Cathedral.
  • Saturday 12th December
    elebrate the festive season in the traditional style with the beautiful music in the Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. This event is free and unticketed, with all welcome to join the concert starting at 5pm.
  • Saturday 19th December
    Christmas carols for the whole family are also a big feature at the cathedral for 2009. Children are especially welcome at the family carol service starting at 1pm. Lasting just 45 minutes, this is a chance for even the littlest to enjoy the magical atmosphere of this magnificent building and take part in the Christmas carols at St Pauls Cathedral.
  • Christmas Eve
    The Cathedral Choir ushers in Christmas Eve with a 4pm performance of well loved Christmas carols. The St Pauls Cathedral Midnight Eucharist service also features carols and seasonal music, as well as a special seasoonal sermon.

Dulwich Choral Society

  • Monday 21st December 2009
    The Dulwich Choral Society will perform a number of Christmas carols at St Stephen’s Church on College Road, Dulwich.
  • Nearest rail: Sydenham.

Carols at Horniman Museum

  • Sunday 13th December 2009.
    Listen to a choir singing songs from around the world plus festive Christmas carols from the English Baroque Choir singers at Horniman Museum along with refreshments and a Santa’s grotto
  • Christmas carols in the garden
    An unusual approach to your average Christmas carol concert, the Horniman Museum invites you into the garden for a festive afternoon of music and fun. Perfect for kids and family, this is an ideal way to get into the festive spirit in a relaxed and child friendly environment.
  • Festive tunes
    Not only will you have the chance to sing your heart out to some traditional Christmas songs, you will also hear the wonderful sound of the English Baroque Choir as they perform at the Horniman Museum Christmas Carol Concert too. Joining them for the event will be the Crystal Palace Band with suitably Christmassy music.
  • Family entertainment
    Along with all the seasonal carols and music, kids and family can also enjoy some more festive treats as the Horniman Museum gardens come over all traditional for Christmas. Roasted chestnuts, toy stalls and free Santa’s grotto will keep the little ones entertained, and hot and cold refreshments will be available for all.
  • The Horniman Museum Christmas Carol Concert takes place on Sunday 13th December 2009 in the Bandstand in the gardens and is free to attend. The stalls run from 3pm – 6pm, while the carols take place from 5pm – 6pm.

Southwark Cathedral Christmas Carols

  • Southwark Cathedral will be hosting a number of fantastic concerts throughout December.
  • Christmas at Southwark Catherdral
    This time of year is one of remembrance and celebration and there’s no better way to do it than by joining in with all the fun that the Southwark Cathedral Christmas carols deliver every year. A genuine annual highlight, these carol concerts draw a large number of singers, visitors and luminaries and are always some of the best to take place in London.
  • Carols for all
    The carols take place from the end of November and into December so there should be plenty of scope for those who are busy, or of course for those who want to go more than once. There are a series of candlelit concerts and a one off lunch time sing in for commuters.
  • All carol concerts are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated
  • 6.30pm Sunday 29th November
    The candlelit Advent Procession begins the carol season as the cathedral marks the beginning of the new Christian year and set out its preparations for Christmas.
  • 12.45pm Wednesday 16th December
    The lunchtime service features carols by the Thursday Singers accompanied by a brass band, as well as traditional readings.
  • 6.30pm Sunday 20th December and Tuesday 22nd December
    Sung by the boys, girls and men of the Cathedral Choir by candlelight, the cathedral carol services also include readings taken from St Matthew.
  • 4pm Christmas Eve
    Christmas Eve see Southwark Cathedral celebrate the Building of the Crib with a special commemorative service. Specially for children and their guardians, the event follows the Nativity Story with readings and carols.
  • 11.20pm Christmas Eve
    The Midnight Eucharist on Christmas Eve sees the congregation welcome in Christmas Day with proceedings being headed by The Bishop of Southwark.
  • 9am and 11am Christmas Day
    Christmas Day sees the Eucharist celebrated at 9am with traditional carols, and the Choral Eucharist being celebrated at 11am. Join members of the church to enjoy the big day itself.
  • Southwark Cathedral Christmas carols take place from Sunday 29th November – Thursday 25th December 2009.

Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

  • The Royal Albert Hall is holding all sorts of Christmas concerts and carol performances from 7th December 2009 onwards. Special events include traditional and candlelit carols, Christmas carol singalongs, plus concerts joined by celebrities such as Rufus and Martha Wainwright.   Hear traditional carols and beautiful Christmas music this December with the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Festival which brings the festive spirit to the world famous concert hall.
  • Live music
    With concerts taking place nearly every day, the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Festival is a chance to indulge in traditional carols, wonderful festive choral pieces and many more pieces of music that are fitting for this time of year.
  • Famous faces
    Kicking off with the Royal Albert Hall Christmas festival on Wednesday 9th December, the concerts continue with some delightful festive shows sure to put you in the mood for the season of goodwill. The festival begins with a special performance by Rufus and Martha Wainwright, who are joined by their mother Kate McGarrigle and other special guests in the Not So Silent Night event.
  • Christmas carols
    The gala performances at the Royal Albert Hall Christas festival include Christmas Classics featuring traditional carols, a Christmas Singalong for those that want to belt out their favourite festive songs, and the family show Santa’s Christmas Cracker with songs that kids and grown ups love.
  • Concerts by candlelight
    Finishing off the festival of Christmas music are three wonderful concerts that really capture the spirit of Christmas music in the amazing setting of the Royal Albert Hall. Hear works from Handel, Mozart, Bach and Corelli, and enjoy the evocative setting of candlelight. O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and O Little Town of Bethlehem are just some of the carols you will hear in this moving setting. With a musicians in full 18th century period costume and voices from the choir that will make your spine tingle, this is a truly wonderful way to spend the last few days of advent.

Carols at Canary Wharf

  • Hear beautiful music from the workers in Canary Wharf as the resident choirs sing traditional festive songs at the East Wintergarden.
  • Tuesday 15th December 2009
    The Christmas carols at Canary Wharf take place from 5.30pm, Tuesday 15th December 2009 at the East Wintergarden. Doors open at 5pm. Admission is free.