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The Best Christmas Carol Concerts in the Town and Country

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From carols at Peak Cavern to the Royal Albert Hall, sing your heart out at these festive carol concerts taking place across town and country…

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Christmas with the Royal Choral Society

Christmas with the Choral Society

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Having performed at the Royal Albert Hall every winter since 1871, Christmas with the Royal Coral Society is a long-standing festive tradition. Accompanied by the Band of the Irish Guards, British baritone Benjamin Bevan and the illustrious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, expect an array of beloved Christmas carols and fun for all the family to sing-along to. 10 December 2019, 7.30pm, Royal Albert Hall

Christmas Carols with Stuart Beech

Stuart Beech

Combine carols and wine at St. James’s Haymarket Wine House, where singing pilot Stuart Beech – renowned for his surprise performance on BBC’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show – will be entertaining diners with yuletide tunes for one December night only. Delight in wine and charcuterie at the sophisticated venue whilst singing along to some of your all time festive favourites. Tickets from £10. 18 December, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Haymarket Wine House, 66 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4RF.

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The Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College

Where better to indulge in an evening of classic Christmas carolling than at the spectacular Old Royal Naval College? The 500-year old UNESCO World Heritage Site will be hosting an array of carol concerts this year, from a charity performance in aid of Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice – inclusive of mince pies and seasonal drinks – to the Chapel Choir Christmas Concert, led by British conductor Ralph Allwood MBE. King William Walk, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9NN. Visit for a full programme of events. 

Charity Christmas Carols with a Twist

Charity Christmas Carols with a Twist

For a quirky take on the traditional carol concert, attend Hop Skip and Jump’s ‘Christmas Carols with a Twist’ at East London’s Pickle Factory. The children’s charity, which supports those with disabilities, hosts the event every year to raise funds for their important cause, but with a live 10-piece brass band, rappers, DJs, and a belting of Christmas classics from Mariah Carey to Wham!, it is clear that this is no ordinary fundraiser. Be sure to also enter the raffle to be in with the chance of winning an exclusive trip to the South of France! Tickets £25, book via The Pickle Factory, Bethnal Green

The Piece Hall

The Piece Hall

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Located within the heart of Yorkshire town Halifax, The Piece Hall is a wonderful place to indulge in festive merriment. The Grade I listed venue, which magically lights up at Christmas with a festive fair, Victorian carousel and a wintry Deluxe Bar in the courtyard, is hosting a series of festive-themed performances and events. Head there on 22 December for a Christmas concert with West Yorkshire’s Elland Silver Band, or if you’re spending your Christmas in Yorkshire, join in with the Christmas Eve Big Sing hosted by musician and songwriter Kirsty Newton. Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1RE,

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Dogs Trust Carol Concert

Christmas puppy

If you’re looking for a reason to get up and sing this Christmas, look no further than the gorgeous pups at Dogs Trust. Their concert this year – which will raise funds to support the Hope Project, a special campaign aiding the cost of veterinary treatment for dogs with homeless owners – features a carol performance from the Chelsea Old Church Choir, readings from the likes of actor Nicholas Parsons, and seasonal drinks and canapés. Dogs are of course welcome! Tickets from £35. 5 December, 6pm, Chelsea Old Church, Old Church Street, London SW3 5DQ

St Albans Cathedral

St Albans Cathedral

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St Albans is a spectacular city to visit at Christmas, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than by attending a traditional carol concert at the iconic St Alban’s Cathedral, the burial site of Britain’s first Saint. Visit for a full list of events. St Albans AL1 1BY

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Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Carols

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For the ultimate yuletide singalong, Carols at the Royal Albert Hall is a must. Gather the family, don your best santa hat and sing-along to your favourite festive tunes alongside the Royal Choral Society, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and more. 21 – 24 December, Royal Albert Hall.

Peak Cavern

Peak Cavern

Mulled wine, mince pies and carols in a Peak Cavern chamber; Derbyshire’s ‘Devil’s Arse’ is definitely one to attend this Christmas. A historic cave in Castleton, the Peak Cavern’s carol concerts are unlike most, with twinkling lights, brass and silver bands, and incredibly unique settings. 7 – 24 December. Visit for the full programme. Peak Cavern Road, Hope Valley S33 8WS.

An Evening of Christmas Carols & Dogs

Christmas Carols with Karen Bryce

Delight in Christmas carols with a cause at cosy Spitalfields restaurant Crispin on 16th December. Strictly Come Dancing professional Karen Hauer and Opera singer David Webb will be hosting a festive evening of song and dance accompanied by mince pies, mulled cider, wreath-making and a spot of Christmas shopping, all in aid of Wild at Heart Foundation’s worldwide dog rescue projects. 16 Dec 2019 6.30pm10pm, £45. 

DUKES London

DUKES London

Head the St James’s decadent hotel, DUKES London on the 10th, 11th and 12th December for a glorious evening of Christmas carolling. Delight in a vesper martini at the world-renowned DUKES bar – for which the intimate bar is famed for  – then enjoy a hearty meal at resident restaurant, GBR10, 11 & 12 December, 6.15pm – 7.30pm.

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