Christmas carols are essentially hymns with Christmas-themed lyrics, although usually a little more up-beat to celebrate the time of year.
Walking around London in December its not unusual to hear the sounds of carols played in shops, or sung in the streets - often by small groups raising money for charity. It can be a magical experience when the snow falls and the christmas lights shine. Groups of singers may also belt out traditional Christmas songs such as White Christmas, Jingle Bells or Deck The Halls.
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Trafalgar Square is well known for its Christmas celebrations. It is the main attraction during this time of year, especially when the tree is decorated. It is under this gigantic tree where you will be able to listen to seasonal songs and join in with carol services. Each choir will perform in one hour slots where they will encourage crowds to join in with the festive cheer.
When: 11th – 22nd December
Another attraction that may take your fancy is the Royal Albert Hall. Every year this famous musical establishment holds its Christmas Festival where attendees can indulge in some traditional carols, clear their throats and join in, or simply listen to live music. Sing-a-long tickets are already selling, so be sure to get yours quickly and don’t miss out on the chance to sing in one of the world’s most iconic music venues.
When: 13th – 24th December
St Paul's Cathedral
St Pauls Cathedral will be playing host to some of the greatest Christmas festivities in London. There will be traditional Christmas carol singing and celebrity readings. St Pauls is a historic London landmark that has provided the backdrop for many of England’s most historic events. Queen Victoria’s Jubilee and Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding are just a couple of occasions that have been held at this famous cathedral. Joining St Pauls for their Christmas festivities not only will provide you with the opportunity to sing your heart out, you can also be part of the cathedral’s history.
When: 25th November – 24th
Can you think of a better place to celebrate the joy of Christmas than at Westminster Abbey? In the run-up to Christmas Day the Abbey will host numerous concerts, musical services and a Christmas Eve carol service special. The Westminster Abbey programme kicks-off with the John Lewis Christmas concert in the Nave, and is followed by concerts, live music events, and services of lessons and carols.
When: 11th – 24th December
Christmas Carol Events
Thanks to Refresh Accommodation for research and writing.
Some of the more popular Christmas carols in the UK include God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Oh Little Child of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Away in A Manger, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Once in Royal David's City.
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