Christmas is a magical time in London, with festive events to be discovered all over the city. From wonderful seasonal fairs filled with delicious, festive food to the beautiful lights on display across the city, even the toughest Scrooge can’t help but get into the spirit of things.
But one of the ultimate festive events to experience in London has to be a Christmas carol concert. Whether you choose to go for an atmospheric, traditional service in some of the city’s most illustrious venues, or a light-hearted chance to sing your favourite Christmas tunes together with friends and family, there are all kinds of concerts to choose from around the capital. And with plenty of them located near Central London, guests staying at the Lancaster Gate Hotel London can get to enjoy them with ease.
Read on to find out more about some of the best carol concerts to attend in London, this year.
Royal Albert Hall
Taking place throughout December, the Royal Albert Hall will be hosting a variety of carol concerts all month long, giving you plenty of opportunities to get into the festive spirit.
Choose from a traditional night of songs with the Salvation Army, immerse yourself in the beautiful harmonies of the Royal Choral Society, or get a little more soulful with the London Gospel Choir. And with the incredible Victorian surroundings of the hall around you, as well as space’s exceptional acoustics, it’s the perfect place to belt out your festive favorites.
There will also be a selection of more relaxed carol performances, with additional services provided for adults and children who may be deaf, hard of hearing or partially sighted who may require a more relaxed, quiet space during the performance.
Many of the carols at the hall are in aid of various charities, so it’s a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause, as well as enjoying the chance to sing alongside some of the country’s best musical talents.
Located near South Kensington Station, it’s easy to get to the Royal Albert Hall from the Park Grand Hotel. All of the Christmas carol events at the hall are ticketed, so it’s essential to book in advance to make sure you are able to get in.
Over 1,000 years old, Westminster Abbey has a unique and regal atmosphere all of its own. The historic church has been the site for coronations, funerals, weddings, and christenings for members of the royal family for centuries, but at Christmas, you can experience a little of the historic splendour for yourself. The Abbey’s annual Christmas Carol Concert presents a feast of inspiring festive music, moving readings, and spellbinding choral performances, as well as plenty of opportunities to enjoy singing along.
The Concert presents a more traditional approach to Christmas and is a great event for anyone hoping to experience something a little more spiritual, as you’ll be presented with thought-provoking passages, as well as various hymns and carols. You’ll also get to hear the Abbey’s own famous choir, performing alongside some beautiful accompaniment by classical musicians.
The Concert takes place in the evening, on 12th December and tickets must be purchased ahead of time. If you can’t make the concert itself, the Abbey also hosts a simpler candlelit Lessons and Carols service, in the days preceding Christmas. Located in Westminster, close to the river, the Abbey is easy to get to via Tube. Plan your perfect festive day out, by enjoying a delicious lunch at one of the Lancaster Gate restaurants, before heading down for the service.
One for all the family, the annual Festive Family Carols by Candlelight takes place at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, near Trafalgar Square. A charming and historic church, the service is packed with festive atmosphere with a pleasantly family-friendly event.
The service is limited to one hour only, giving you plenty of time to enjoy some great afternoon tea deals London, and as well as the inspiring and dynamic voices from the Church’s own choir to lead the audience through a variety of favourite carols, there will also be some more light-hearted fun and entertainment for younger visitors.
The service starts at the family-friendly time of 4pm on 22 December, and tickets for the event can be purchased online. Close to Covent Garden and the Park Grand Hotel, it’s a great place to conclude a day of festive fun in the city.
Battersea Home For Dogs & Cats Christmas Concert
If you love the sound of festive cheer with an extra side of fuzzy joy, this is the perfect Christmas carol service for you. The famous London animal shelter hosts two fundraising carol concerts in Chelsea, where you’ll get to take part in singing all your favourite Christmas songs, as well as nibble on mince pies and mulled wine.
As well as lots of obvious festive cheer, the concerts also feature a uniquely Battersea twist, with an appearance from some of their most beloved dogs, as well as the chance to pick up a goodie bag for your own four-legged friends. You’ll also find market stalls inside, providing the perfect place to find a last-minute gift.