Christmas Carol Concerts in London This December 

Ding dong merrily on high – countdown to Christmas with London's best carolling events, from choir concerts beneath the vaulted ceilings of London's historic cathedrals to all-singing all-dancing extravaganzas 

Hope and Homes for Children, Kensington St Mary Abbots Church

Celebrities including Emlia Fox will gather on Wednesday 5 December for a carol concert at St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington. The Hope and Homes for Children Christmas carol concert will present much-loved classics alongside newer arrangements for an evening of festive merriment, which will raise funds to create a world where children will not need to be placed in institutional care.

Tickets are £25 (adults) and £10 (children), 5 December, hopeandhomes.org

St Paul's Cathedral

A whole month of services, carol concerts and celebrations will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral this December to mark the birth of Jesus and the events that took place before and after His birth. Whether you choose to attend the Family Christmas Carol Concert, the British Red Cross Carol Concert or the traditional Christmas Carol Service on Christmas Eve, you will be sure to ignite your festive spirit within the celestial cathedral.

Free (some ticketed), 1-27 December, stpauls.co.uk

Trafalgar Square

An array of carol singers will be performing by Trafalgar Square’s famous Norwegian Christmas tree – a gift that has been given to Britain for over 70 years. In the build-up to Christmas, carol groups will be raising funds for various charities at this relaxed sing-along concert, certain to uplift even the most stringent of Scrooges.

Free, 10-21 December (excluding 15 December), london.gov.uk

Westminster Abbey

The wonderful Westminster Abbey will be filled with the sound of choral voices, accompanied by the melodies of an organ and harp, to celebrate Christmas on Thursday 13 December 2018. The concert, supported by John Lewis and Partners, will include a selection of well-known carols, supported by readings and special, surprise performances. This annual event is just one part of the many concerts, recitals and services Westminster Abbey will be hosting during the Christmas season. 

Tickets from £15, 13 December, westminster-abbey.org

Grand Christmas Classics, Southbank Centre

Blue Peter and Countryfile star, Matt Baker, will be presenting the Grand Christmas Classics concert at the Royal Festival Hall of the Southbank Centre on Friday 14 December 2018. The London Concert Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Choir will perform popular Christmas songs from O Holy Night to Sleigh Ride, interspersed with readings and trumpeteers. 

Tickets from £16.50, 14 December, southbankcentre.co.uk

Hillsong Carols, Wembley SSE Arena

Visit the SSE Arena in Wembley on 16 December 2018 for an energetic evening of Christmas carols, dancing and drama, hosted by Hillsong Church. The spectacular production celebrates the reason for the season – the birth of Jesus – and is certain to have you on your feet. 

Tickets are £5, 16 December, hillsong.com

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall’s annual Christmas Festival is back, as is its Christmas Carol Concert, on the 23 and 24 December 2018. The concert, supported by BT, allows guests to singalong to festive favourites alongside the Royal Choral Society, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the fanfare team of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards in spectacular surroundings.

Tickets from £19, 23 & 24 December, royalalberthall.com