London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Christmas Festival (Barbican)

Christmas Festival (Barbican)

22-23 December 2016, 19.30
Christmas with Aled Jones
£19.50-£44.50 plus booking fee
Jones shot to fame as a boy  chorister with his version of ‘Walking in the Air’, from The Snowman, and has since become one of the country’s most recognisable singers – now enjoying a successful broadcasting career. Tonight he is joined by Jennifer France for an evening of festive favourites, including music by Rutter, Bach and much-loved carols.

27 December 2016, 19.30
Katherine Jenkins: Celebration
£20.00-£60.00 plus booking fee
Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins gives a stunning performance of some of her favourite music, accompanied by the London Concert Orchestra.

Katherine Jenkinson has in the last twenty years become one of the country’s favourite performers, having sung in concert halls,  the Royal Variety Performance and even at an Ashes Test Match. Her latest album, Celebration, is her first since becoming a mother, and features the touching and personal 'This Mother’s Heart', commissioned as a gift for The Queen.


28 December 2016, 14.30
Glorious Handel by Candlelight
£16.50-£39.50 plus booking fee

A sublime programme of Handel masterpieces performed in full 18th-century costume, in an evocative candle-lit style setting. 

George Frideric Handel is a composer synonymous with festive celebrations – his Messiah, written while he lived in London and not far from the Barbican, is a Christmas staple for many – and rousing favourites including Zadok the Priest give your Christmas extra cheer. 


28 December 2016, 19.30
Last Night of the Christmas Proms
£16.50-£42.00 plus booking fee
Enjoy these rousing Romantic classics from Bizet to Puccini, with a grand, flag-waving finale. 

Nothing quite beats the rich sounds of composers like Tchaikovsky and Sibelius in the hands of a full orchestra. And coupled with the instantly recognisable arias from Verdi and Puccini this concert is a winner, even before we stand in time-honoured tradition for the triumphant Proms-style finale. 


29 December 2016, 19.30
Zimmer vs Williams
£16.50-£42.00 plus booking fee
The genius of two of the greatest film composers of our time is celebrated in one concert, featuring the evocative scores of GladiatorStar Wars and Jurassic Park

There are few more recognisable pieces of music than the epic scores of John Williams and Hans Zimmer: two composers who arguably make music which transforms the films they write for into the phenomena they are today. And what better way to hear their music than with a full orchestra performing it live. 


30 December 2016, 14.30
Simply Gershwin
£16.50-£42.00 plus booking fee
100 years on from the publication of his first work, George Gershwin remains one of the most performed composers of the 20th-century, and his popularity endures to this day. Tonight you can see why, with songs like Rhapsody in Blue and operas like Porgy and Bess spanning both popular and classical genres. 


30 December 2016, 19.30
Beethoven's Ninth
£22.50-£52.50 plus booking fee
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs an all-Beethoven programme featuring the monumental Choral symphony and its climactic Ode to Joy.


31 December 2016, 14.30
Glenn Miller Orchestra
£16.50-£32.50 plus booking fee
The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own original arrangements of favourite wartime chart-toppers and forties hits, directed by legendary bandleader Ray McVay.


31 December 2016, 19.30
Viennese New Year's Eve
£19.50-£45.00 plus booking fee
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a vibrant showcase of Viennese music and dancing from the Strauss family.

With the Johann Strauss dancers in traditional 19th century Viennese costume, and favourites the Blue Danube Waltz and Roses from the South Waltz, this glittering concert is one way to ensure a fabulous new year.


1 January 2017, 14.30
New Year's Day Gala
£19.50-£45.00 plus booking fee
A yearly tradition, celebrate the New Year with a concert of joyful classics.

The London Concert Orchestra start the New Year in style with beautiful and joyful music from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers to Debussy’s unforgettable Clair de Lune, alongside traditional British anthems.


2 January 2017, 14.30
The Sound of Musicals
£16.50-£44.50 plus booking fee
A night of dazzling music showcasing some of the greatest songs of the West End and Broadway, featuring Kerry Ellis, Joanna Ampil, Oliver Tompsett and Graham Bickley.

From the French Revolution told in Les Miserables to the coal-miners’ strike of 1980s England in Billy Elliot, these unforgettable stories feature some of the most enduring songs of musical theatre. In the hands of these big-name stars, this is sure to be an evening of drama and emotion.  

Venue Details

Expired - Event is in the past
Barbican Centre
Barbican Hall
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

Box Office
020 7638 8891

Nearest tube

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22 December 2016 -
2 January 2017



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