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Christmas carol concerts in London

Supercharge your ears with pure festivity by hitting up a carol concert in the capital

Joe Mackertich
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Time Out London editors
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Joe Mackertich
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An evening of proper Christmas carols is an absolute must if you’re interested in getting entirely wrapped up in unalloyed festive cheer. Check out our round up of the jolliest and most moving services in the capital. Indoors and outdoors, cathedrals, churches and secular spaces, we’ll be adding to it as more events are announced. 

Christmas carol services in London

  • Things to do
  • Concerts
  • Fitzrovia

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, based on Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’. Music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Muppets Christmas Carol and Scrooge the Musical, as well as loads of other classic Christmas carols. 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!

  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • South Kensington

The big one. An absolute barn-stormer. Can you say you’ve even ‘done’ Christmas in London unless you’ve experienced the full majesty and power of Christmas carols belted out at the Royal Albert Hall. This year things are very much business as usual (the less said about 2020 the better). Traditional carols, modern festival arrangements and an unbeatable festive atmosphere. If you book 10 or more tickets (eg if you’re bringing your whole Christmas Posse) you should be eligable for a 10 percent discount.

Performances take place at: 11am, 3pm and 7:30pm. 

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  • Things to do
  • Concerts
  • Covent Garden

Four Christmas concerts, each one illuminated by that all-important candlelight, inside the awe-inspiring and mysterious Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden. All the faves will be belted out; Ding Dong Merrily On High, Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, you know the score. The first one, by the way, on December 4, is a Handel-special. 

  • Things to do
  • Concerts
  • St Paul’s

Get yourself feeling ridiculously festive with an evening of carols inside Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece, aka The Big Lad aka St Paul’s Cathedral. The legendary 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. 

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‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ screenings
  • Things to do
  • Film events
  • Leicester Square

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 fave at a series of special screenings at Prince Charles Cinema. Get dressed up and revel in the festive fun. Worth noting that this year, due to health and safety concerns, there will be no sing-along aspect to the screenings. Still fun though. You can sing inwardly.

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