7 Best Places To Get Your Carol Singing On This Christmas

Introducing the biggest and best carol concerts taking place across the UK this Christmas. Pop on your festive jumper and prepare to get merry...


1. Carols by Candlelight, St Paul’s Cathedral, London


Breast Cancer Care is hosting an atmospheric carol concert in the glorious surroundings of St Paul’s. Carols will be sung by the superb Cathedral Choir, and there will be celebrity readings and festive snacks available after the concert. Those who wish to spend more can have a champagne supper in the Crypt.

December 17; 7pm; from £30

2. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

This famous Christmas Eve service is broadcast to millions across the world. But be warned, you’ll need to queue at the main entrance to King’s College from 7.30am to get a seat. 

December 24; 3pm; Free

3. York Minster Christmas Carol Concerts, York

These popular carol concerts will feature singing from the York Minster Choir, one of the UK’s leading choirs, and will include a wide variety of readings.

5-6 December; 7-8.30pm; £12-25

4. Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir, Durham 

Set in one of the UK’s oldest cathedrals, this candlelit concert of carols and seasonal music is a unique opportunity to hear the girl and boy choristers of Durham Cathedral Choir sing together with the gentlemen of the Choir. 

14 December; 7.30pm; £6-22

5. Christmas Carol Singalong, Manchester Cathedral, Manchester

An informal opportunity to drop into the Cathedral for a few minutes to sing a carol or two. The carolling will be interspersed with a few seasonal readings.

21 December; 12-1.30pm; Free

6. Edinburgh Advent Concert, Edinburgh


This carol concert will be held around the nativity scene in St Andrew Square Garden, in conjunction with St Andrews, St Georges West and Edinburgh Churches. 

1 December; 5pm, Free

7. Royal Albert Hall – Christmas Carol Sing-a-long, London

This jolly event will include performances of popular carols and Christmas hits from the London Concert Chorus and the London Concert Orchestra. 

14, 19 and 21 December; timings vary; £17.50-48.50

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