Blasting out All I Want for Christmas is You and So Here it is Merry Christmas is always fun, but there’s nothing like congregating together to sing classic Christmas carols to get you in the festive mood. A traditional Christmassy activity for all the family, some of London’s most beautiful venues will open their doors this yuletide season for heartwarming evenings of singing and traditional Christmas music. Remember to wrap up warm, take some candles and head down to sing along to old favourites such as O Come All Ye Faithful and Deck The Halls.
The Sick Children's Trust Christmas Carol Service
Of course, Christmas is a time of kindness and thinking of others, and this star-studded charity event gives you the opportunity to sing along to your favourite carols whilst helping a brilliant cause. With readings from celebrity guests including Barbara Windsor, Alison Steadman, Anne Reid and Eric Knowles and complimentary mince pies and mulled wine after the show, this is a fantastic festive event in support of sick children spending Christmas in hospital.
The Sick Children’s Trust Christmas Carol Concert Service is on 14 December at 6pm at The Marylebone Parish Church. Tickets cost £15 and £7.50 for children.
Advent and Christmas at St Paul’s Cathedral
One of London’s most famous and iconic buildings, you’re spoilt for choice for Christmas Carol services at St Paul’s Cathedral. On 15 December there will be celebrity readings at A Celebration for Christmas, on 17 December there will be the child-friendly Family Carols and on the 23 December will be the classic Christmas Carol Service. Events are free but very popular, so we would advise you to get down there early, and with such a beautiful location, what’s keeping you away?
Carol services at St Paul’s Cathedral run from 27 November – 28 December, most events are free. Find out more.
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Carols By Candlelight at Union Chapel
North London’s Union Chapel is not only an active church but an entertainment venue, and this enchanting traditional candlelit ceremony is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Sit in the pews and enjoy the spectacular architecture as you sing along to classics such as Once in Royal David’s City and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and enjoy a mulled wine in the bar afterwards.
Catch Carols by Candlelight at Union Chapel London on 18 December at 6pm, entry is free, find out more here.
Carols at Westminster Abbey
Immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit in the beautiful arches of this Gothic Abbey, which will be a hub for singing carols this season. On the 10 December catch Carols with The Westminster Abbey Choristers at The Chapter House, and head down on 18 December for a traditional Ceremony of Carols. No tickets are required for these performances, just turn up (preferably early as they are popular) for a truly magical Christmas experience.
Westminster Abbey’s Christmas seasons runs from 27 November – 25 December. Find out more here.
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Christmas at Cadogan Hall
The majestic Cadogan Hall is not only steeped in musical history, it also has an impressive selection of Christmas events this season including plenty of opportunities to flex your vocal muscles, accompanied by the magnificent organ. On 9 December catch the Goldsmith Choral Union present a selection of carols old and new, on 11 December celebrate Christmas and sing carols with the London Choral Sinfonia and on 15 December The London Concert will perform in aid of Action Medical Research.
Book tickets for Cadogan Hall Christmas events here.