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The 11 Best Christmas Carol Concerts in the Town and Country

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The 11 Best Christmas Carol Concerts in the Town and Country

There's still time to catch some of these festive carol concerts


Embrace the true spirit of the season with these wonderful Christmas Carol Concerts in the town & country.


1. Holy Trinity Sloane Square, 17 December

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The popular annual Carols by Candlelight Christmas concert is back for its eighth concert at Holy Trinity Sloane Square. Set to be an evening filled with magical classical music as well as traditional carols, tickets are free and there will be mulled wine and mince pies served afterwards!

2. St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, Sunday 3 December & Saturday 23 December

St Martin-in-the-Fields will be hosting a number of Christmas carol services and Christmas concerts, starting with their Advent Carol Service on Sunday 3 December at 5pm. A series of carols and concerts will take place throughout the festive period, including Carols for Christmas by Candlelight on Saturday 23 December. Carols will include all the time-honoured classics such as ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’.

3. Central Hall Westminster, 10 December

Traditional Carol Service
At Central Hall Westminster, located opposite Westminster Abbey, there will be a Traditional Carol Service on 10 December at 5.30pm.

4. Southwark Cathedral, 17 & 21 December

Eyewitness Advent Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral will hold its notable Cathedral Carol Services on 17 & 21 December this year, starting at 6pm. The services will be candlelit and will not require a ticket, however please plan to arrive in good time for a seat as they are usually very popular.

5. St Clement Danes Church, 10 December

St Clement Danes carols

St Clement Danes Church will be holding several Christmas services and concerts, beginning with the Friends of St Clement Danes Concert on 30 November. Their next service will be held at 3pm on Sunday 10 December, where there festive season will be celebrated at the ‘Benevolent Fund Carols’ – more information here.

6. St Luke’s Church Chelsea, 8 December

Support the excellent charity Children in Crisis by attending the carol concert at St Luke’s in Chelsea this December. With performances from the likes of German opera singer Friederike Krum, actor Alex Macqueen and gospel choir Soul Sanctuary, it’s set to be a brilliant evening. Tickets are free, register here.


1. St Giles Church, Wiltshire – 23 December


Visitors are invited to sing carols at unique 13th century St Giles Church, hidden away deep within a ghost village inside the Army’s Salisbury Plain Training Area. As in previous years, the Bratton Silver Band and the Westbury and District Choral Society will provide you with music for the Christmas season. Mince pies and mulled wine will be available on arrival, and tickets will be available from 1 November.

2. York Minster, 14 & 15 December

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York Minster’s Christmas Carol Concerts take place on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December and offer the perfect start to the festive season. The concerts feature the York Minster Choir performing a mixture of classical and popular Christmas music, with the Yorkshire Volunteers Band leading the audience in Christmas carols. The concerts will take place in the Minster’s Nave and each evening will include seasonal readings by two celebrity readers (details to be announced). Tickets are from £12-£25. 

3. Holy Trinity, York – 7 December

The candlelit carol service in the stunning 15th century Holy Trinity Church in York, accessed through a hidden doorway off the busy shopping streets of York, will take place on 7 December at 6pm.

4. St Mary’s Church, Frome – 17 December 


This year, the annual carol service at St Mary’s Church in a working farmyard will be held on Sunday 17 December, and visitors are invited to stay on afterwards for mulled wine and mince pies.

5. St Mary’s Church, Devon – 10 December


The annual carol service at St Mary’s Church in North Huish on 10 December is the final service of the year at this beautiful 15th-century, stone-spired church in a fold in the hills just below Dartmoor. St Mary’s is as beautiful on a winter’s afternoon as in high summer and visitors to the area are invited to join in on Christmas celebrations.

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