This page is all about the major music events in London in the xmas period - although we focus on the traditional side of things, not the rock'n'roll! You can also read one of our guest blogs about Christmas and the Ballet.
One of the best venues in the whole of the UK for music at Christmas is the Royal Albert Hall. They offer everything from classic carol evenings to festive themed pop concerts.
The venue was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871and it has become one of the UK's most treasured and distinctive buildings. Click here for information about their Christmas shows.
Another amazing London venue for Christmas music, the Royal Festival Hall. The Royal Festival Hall is a 2,500-seat concert, dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London. It is situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, not far from Hungerford Bridge.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are resident in the hall. Click for schedules / performances.
The O2 plays host to some of the greatest music and sports events in London. The O2 Arena (referred to as the North Greenwich Arena for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics) is a 20,000 capacity venue, primarily used for live music.
It is located at the centre of The O2 and was the first American-style, multi-purpose arena in London. It is the second largest arena in the UK after the Manchester Arena, but is the busiest in the world, exceeding ticket sales for both Madison Square Garden and the Manchester Arena. More information here.
A Long Way From California
I’ve grown up my entire life celebrating Christmas morning in Southern California. My first Christmas in England was definitely an eye opener.
by Beverly Franklin-Atkinson
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Electricity was first used to light christmas trees in 1895, but candles had been used since the middle of the 17th century. In the UK christmas tree lights are are often known as fairy lights and generally don't work when you first put them up.