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Ding-dong merrily on fucking high, the Christmas period is finally upon us, and we all know what that means. It's time to surrender to the season and get down with some festive frolicsomeness: belt out some classics, arm in arm with strangers, one hand holding a mince pie and the other a glass of mulled wine. Here's our round up of candlelit carol services and raucous sing-alongs, expect plenty of jolliness and maybe some painful singing...
This festive concert at Southwark Cathedral will feature an array of popular sing-along carols, performances from the enchanting Quorum choir, and readings from special guest speakers. Feed the Mind is an organisation who run educational projects in some of the world's poorest communities, and we're sure that singing loud and proud for a good cause will get those happy hormones pumping.
Wed 13th - Fri 15th
The Geffrye Museum will be hosting a feel-good evening of a capella Christmas music led by the acclaimed Bocca Aperta. There are so many warm fuzzy feelings stuffed into this one that it's sure to thaw the hearts of even the grumpiest scrooges. As it's a capella, this one should really give you the chance to get that lovely singing voice of yours heard.
A bit of an alternative to the usual Christmas carol affair, Organoke is an Organ-led karaoke evening that will be flinging out hits such as 'Like a Virgin' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. People will be sloshed, singing out of tune, and dancing in the aisles - but that's exactly what you're looking for isn't it, you wild child.
Sat 16th - Sat 23rd
This is carol singing in one of the most beautiful settings around: the courtyard at Hampton Court Palace. Make the trip out west and stretch those vocal chords - those notes aren't gonna perfectly hit themselves. It's outside (duh), so wrap up warm and, if you're lucky, you might even get a spot of snow to make that Instagram snap even more #festive.
The grade I listed Union Chapel sure does pack a punch, what with all its impressive architecture and shiz. It's a popular haunt all year round, but their special Carols by Candlelight evening is, unsurprisingly, a particularly hyped up happening. It's fairly self-explanatory - plus there will be mulled wine and mince pies for the afterparty.
This carol concert has a folky twist to it. The Cecil Sharp House Choir, led by conductor Sally Davies, will perform a capella arrangements of traditional and seasonal songs whilst folk dancers and musicians play in harmony, all within the confines of this large, quirky arts centre. It'll be odd, but festive, or so we've heard.
London's leading alternative choir, London Contemporary Voices, will be sleighing Christmas tunes and party classics in the delightfully colourful Round Chapel. Santa hats will be provided, plates of mince pies will be making the rounds, and the wearing of Christmas jumpers will be strongly encouraged. Expect classics from the likes of Wham!, Jackson 5, The Spice Girls, East 17, and so much more.
Sun 17th - Sun 24th
Let's not mince words (or pies) on this one - there aren't many venues in London that can match St Paul's beauty and history. It's free to enter and not ticketed, but get there early as these carol services fill up quick. Whilst it might be a Christmas miracle if you actually manage to get in, the atmosphere around the cathedral is just delightful, with all the festive fuzziness and warm beverages you could ask for - plus the whole service is beamed live on a screen in Paternoster Square, next to the cathedral.