5 Best Family Carols & Concerts 2013

We are spoilt for choice with seasonal concerts over the Christmas holidays. To help you find your way amongst the carol concerts we have chosen a quick ‘5 best’ of the family events in central london. These are a sure bet crowd pleaser for those of us that have ‘family & friends’ to entertain who visiting London, and as we know a good dose of fresh air, and a soothing carol is good medicine for everyone no matter how well they are behaving ! Please let us know if you hear of other local or national events that are family friendly and leave a comment below.


Royal Albert Hall

You can join in with Christmas Carol Singalongly Clap your hands, stamp your feet and sing your heart out as Jonathan Cohen leads you through another fun-filled festive jamboree. 14 December, 1:30pm | 14 December, 4:45pm 19 December, 2:30pm | 21 December, 1:30pm 21 December, 4:45pm. Jingle Bell Christmas, the dancing Jingle Belles return to join the London Concert Orchestra and two fabulous West End soloists to kick start your Christmas celebrations 15 December, 1:00pm | 15 December 4:15pm. Anton and Erin’s Christmas Cracker, Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag take to the stage in a fabulous afternoon of music, song and dance with their very own special tribute to the festive season 22 December, 1:00pm | 22 December, 4:15pm 23 December, 2:30pm

Probably the most popular Abbey in London! On Tuesday 24 Dec, Christmas Eve at 12noon: Crib Service for families. Check out the website as there is a full list of services across December, but the really key events are already sold out. So keep it in mind to book a ticket now, as they might not be there when you come back.
Family Christmas Carols on Saturday 30 November, 4:00 pm, look forward to Christmas with seasonal carols sung by the choir and well-known hymns for everyone to sing. Children are especially welcome. Mini Maestro Musical Tales (Peter and the Wolf) on Saturday 7 December, 11:00 am. Join John Landor and his pianist for a beautiful journey through the story of Peter and the Wolf and excerpts from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and again on Saturday 7 December, 4:00 pm. Come and enjoy our friendly Mini Maestro Family Christmas Carol Concert, a musical playground with full orchestra where everyone can listen, learn and join in the fun and games this festive season.

St Paul’s Knightsbridge

December 6What could be better than carols, mulled wine, mince pies and a whole host of celebrity readings? The Rainbow Trust’s London Carol Concert ticks all of these boxes this year, and promises to be a whole lot more than just a carol service. Taking place at St Paul’s church in Knightsbridge, the evening will be hosted by star Olympic presenter Clare Balding and will feature readings by Spooks’ Rupert Penry-Jones, Green Wing’s Sarah Alexander, stage actor Robert Portal and children’s TV legend Andi Peters, all of whom will be hoping to spread some festive cheer in aid of the charity’s work for sick children. St Paul’s Knightsbridge, 32a Wilton Place, SW1X 8SH. Tickets £40. For more information and to buy tickets go to rainbowtrust.org.uk. (see link above).

Southwark Cathedral Christmas Carols

During December Southwark Cathedral hosts various carol services. Starting on December 1 with the Merbecke Choir Advent Concert, the celebrations run right the way through the month and include the Christingle service and the lighting of the cathedral Christmas trees (December 5), Christmas Market (December 8), the Mayor of London’s Carol Service (December 17) and the building of the crib and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, SE1 9DA. For more information visit cathedral.southwark.aglican.org.