An evening of Christmas carols is a surefire way to sprinkle some holiday spirit on to a cold winter’s evening. Go trad with classic carols in majestic venues like St Paul's Cathedral (which are mostly free), switch things up with gospel carols, a choir session of 90s hits or visit the London Irish Centre to hear songs in gaeilge at Carols and Craic.
Christmas carol services in London
Get yourself feeling ridiculously festive with an evening of carols inside Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece. The London landmark hosts a series of free, unticketed carol concerts each year. Visit for family-friendly services, a night of organ-led carols curated by French composer Olivier Messiaen and a traditional carol service on Christmas Eve.
Live out your superstar fantasies by belting out tunes at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The Royal Choral Society and National Youth Choir of Great Britain will be taking on traditional carols and modern arrangements, so expect something pretty special. Performances take place at: 11am, 2:30pm, 4pm, 7:30pm.
Come all ye faithful and enjoy free traditional carol services in December. Head to All Souls Langham Place where they’ll be spreading Christmas cheer with live choir and orchestra performances, Nativity stories and festive readings all whilst you munch on free mince pies and Christmas punch. There's no need to book, just turn up and enjoy!
Get into the Christmas spirit and join Whitehall Choir for an evening of well-known carols such as the ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’. There’ll also be seasonal readings and a chance for audiences to belt it out too.
When Jim Henson took Dicken’s iconic Christmas novel and gave it The Muppet treatment the world gained something pretty special. Feel the true unrelenting joy of this festive favourite at a sing-a-long screening at Prince Charles Cinema. It’s not exactly ‘Silent Night’ but you can sing along with ‘Marley and Marley’ and ‘Scrooge’ instead. ‘There goes Mr. Skinflint/There goes Mr. Greed’!
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