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Christmas carol concerts in London

Get into the seasonal spirit at a festive carol concert in London

An evening of Christmas carols is a surefire way to sprinkle some holiday spirit into the season. From grand affairs in majestic venues like Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral to charity fundraisers with celebrity readings, London's carol services are guaranteed to leave you with a warm glow.

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Christmas carol services in London

Victoria And Albert's Christmas Carol

The V&A is hosting a free festive knees up that celebrates its benefactors, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Queen Vic's habit of talking to herself transports her back to an early Christmas with her husband, with dancing, carols, and seasonal stories. This promenade show is written and directed by Dominic Gerrard.

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V&A , Brompton Until Friday December 23 2016

Christmas Carols with a Twist

Swap classic carols for Christmas hits with The New York Brass Band who'll accompany guests as they sing their hearts out. Alternative hymn sheets with everything from Mariah to The Pogues will be dished out and DJs and special guest singers will also be on the lineup. Choose between a £25 general admission ticket or a £47 one which includes festive burritos, bubbly and mulled wine.

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Saturday December 10 2016

Candlelit Carols at Southwark Cathedral

This annual carol concert in aid of Feed The Minds combines sing-along carols with choral performances, backdropped by a beautiful, candlelit Southwark Catherdral. Guest readings come from comedian Shazia Mirza and David Lammy MP. Booking essential via the Candlelit Carols event page.

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Southwark Cathedral , South Bank Monday December 12 2016

Some Voices presents Christmas Movies

London’s coolest choir (all 400 of them) will be belting out their unique take on Christmas film classics and cult favourites. There’ll be tracks from Love Actually, that Oasis song from the John Lewis ad – and, yep, there’s some Mariah in the mix too. A DJing santa and candy cane cocktails will add to the festive vibes.

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The Coronet , Elephant and Castle Tuesday December 13 2016 - Wednesday December 14 2016

The Sick Children's Trust Christmas Carol Service

There's a festive trio of reasons to attend this event: celebrity readings, primary school children singing and charity fundraising. The sixth edition of the carol service sees famous faces such as Barbara Windsor, Alison Steadman, Anne Reid and Eric Knowles in attendance, plus there's a performance by Irish soprano, Margaret Keys. Tickets include wine and mince pies after the service, and proceeds go to The Sick Children's Trust.

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St Marylebone Parish Church , Marylebone Wednesday December 14 2016

Westminster Abbey Christmas Concert

Soak up the stunning sounds of music and readings as they float through the grand surrounds of the royal family's local place of worship once again this Christmas. The Abbey Choir will perform festive choral works, while the congregation will be asked to join in with some traditional carols. Book in advance. Find more Christmas carol concerts in London

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Westminster Abbey , Westminster Thursday December 15 2016
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By: Time Out London Things To Do


Nataly G
Nataly G

Don't forget Hillsong Carols! It's the biggest Carols in Europe at the SSE Wembley Arena!

Laura V
Laura V

Does this mean there is no Carol concert after the 10th of december? Or is there a page 2 I can't seem to have access to?


Have you ever heard Christmas carols performed by a top steel drum band ensemble? http://www.steelbandhire.com/ This band was hired by Hamleys to entertain guests as they entered the famous London toy store and is available for Christmas parties. The space required is minimal if you book the 3 piece acoustic band and the enchanting sound is simply inspiring.