Getting festive is made so damn easy in this city, from ice skating and crafty shopping to reindeer petting and winter wonderlands. But nothing gets you in this Christmas spirit (or running for the hills if you are having xmas overdoses already) like carolling. Here is our pick of upcoming singing evenings to get you in the mood for an anything but silent night.
Streetsmart Carols at Boyds Brasserie, December 1, 7pm
A choir will be entertaining with all the old favourites, only one hour after the Trafalgar square Christmas lights are turned on. Get out of the cold, and feel the warm glow of charity spread through you, or maybe that is just the mulled wine.
Mencap Carols by Candlelight at St Bartholomew the Great, December 7, 6.30pm
This charity service include readings from special guests such as Penny Vinchenzi and Will Young, as well as a melange of traditional Christmas carols.
Christmas Concert at Westminster Abbey, December 13, 7pm
An evening of carol singing by the Abbey’s choir alongside seasonal readings and traditional carols for all to join in. Booking essential through the Barbican Centre.
Carols in the City at Southwark Cathedral, December 14, 6.30-9.30pm
Hosted by Mary Nightingale and in association with Marie Curie Cancer Care, this carol night will have readings from special guests Louis Theroux and Imelda Staunton among others and finish with a Champagne reception. Tickets aren’t cheap (concert only, £35; concert and reception, £60) but it is all for a good cause.
St Paul’s Cathedral Carols, December 24, 4pm
Just one days before Christmas, St Pauls will be bringing festive cheer with their traditional carol evening. Entry is free but visitors are advised to get there early as it’s sure to be a popular one.
Jemma de Blanche
For more carol craziness, see Christmas Carol Concerts in London 2011 listing.