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06.12.2023 – 25.12.2023

Christmas Carols & Concerts

Get in the Christmas Spirit with Christmas Movie soundtracks, family concerts and Christmas Carols at stunning locations.

The magic of Christmas comes to the City of London in the form of a majestic programme of Carol services and festive performances. Whether you're looking for a cosy candlelight concert, a carol singalong at a tucked away church, or a well-deserved mulled wine and mince pie after all that singing, we have everything to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Check our round-up of the best (and mostly free) Christmas carols and concerts this season and stay tuned for more details coming up soon.

Carol Services and Concerts at St Paul's Cathedral

6 to 24 December 2023. Free / £

Enjoy the inspiring musical programme at St Paul's Cathedral including the world-famous Handel's Messiah, family Carols (back for the first time since 2019), a Swedish Christmas service and the traditional 'A Celebration of Christmas'.

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Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival at Barbican Centre

16 December 2023 to 1 January 2024

It's the most wonderful time of the year, as the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival returns to the Barbican Hall. Get in the Christmas Spirit with Christmas Movie soundtracks from John Williams and Hans Zimmer, Christmas Carol singalongs, a ‘Horrible Histories’ family concert and more.

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Lunchtime Carols in Leadenhall Market

Wednesday 22 (12-1pm), 29 November (12-2pm) and 6 December (12-1pm) / Free

A series of choirs will be bringing some seasonal joy to the market throughout the festive period.

Christmas at Leadenhall Market

Outdoor Carols at Holy Sepulchre London

5 December / Free

Come along to the Culture Mile Bid outdoor evening carol service. Gather round the Christmas lights installation in the snow for carols with mulled wine and mince pies.

Donations & products welcomed for the Square Mile Hygiene Bank

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Saint Bartholomew the Great church - 'Celebrating Christmas'

Sunday 3 to Monday 25 December 2023 / Free

Experience a phenomenal choice of services including Nine Lessons in Carols - which takes inspiration from the Christmas Eve service held every year at King’s College in Cambridge; Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by harp and sung by upper voices; and a Dickensian Carol Service with readings from Dickens.

Come for the heavenly voices, and stay for mince pies and mulled wine.

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St Bride's Church Advent and Carol Services

3 to 25 December

Come All Ye Faithful to St Bride's Church for a range of services celebrating Christmas and Advent including the famous Fleet Street Carol Services on Thursday 21 December. Featuring Onyx Brass quintet and the professional St Bride’s Choir, Fleet Street Carols is open to all, ticketless and free to attend, but register now to guarantee your place.


Carol Services at other historic City Churches

Visit one of the other stunning City Churches for Carol Services during December - with many taking place on weekday lunchtimes and evenings:

St James Garlickhythe (17 December),

St Michael's Cornhill (5 & 18 December),

All Hallows Tower (14 December),

St Giles Cripplegate (18 December),

Holy Sepulchre (5, 12, 13, 15 December),

St Botolph-without-Aldgate (24 & 25 December),

St Helen's Bishopsgate (7, 12, 13 & 19 December),

St Lawrence Jewry,

St Mary-le-Bow.

More details coming soon.

See the full Christmas in the City programme


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