London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Christmas Festival (Royal Albert Hall)

Christmas Festival (Royal Albert Hall)

Christmas is a magical time to celebrate together at the Royal Albert Hall.


1 December 2018, 14.00
A Christmas Afternoon Tea with Live Opera
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Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea of sandwiches, sweet treats and homemade scones in the elegant surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall’s elegant Verdi restaurant, whilst experiencing a special afternoon of festive opera from talented soprano Naomi Kilby.


5 December 2018, 20.00
A Christmas Carol - A Live Recital
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As part of our Christmas Season, watch a unique presentation of Charles Dickens’ most beloved tale, A Christmas Carol, in the Elgar Room, blending his evergreen story with famous carols and evocative music. Performed to a rich musical accompaniment and filled with best-loved Christmas songs, this dramatic rendering of Dickens’s immortal tale is a unique fusion of words and music. Part concert and part play, this live recital captures all the wonder, pathos, joy, and spookiness of the Christmas classic. An unmissable festive event for the whole family.


11 December 2018, 19.30
Christmas Carols with Bloodwise
Bloodwise’s Christmas extravaganza is back and better than ever! Join us at a packed Royal Albert Hall as we welcome the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of special guests to the stage. Expect all your favourite carols, traditional sing-alongs and a sprinkling of stardust as we celebrate the festive season. Come along for a night full of fun, surprises and Christmas cheer, featuring star performers we can’t wait to reveal. Tickets always sell out fast so book today to join us for a spectacular evening in support of people affected by blood cancer.


13 December 2018, 21.30
Late Night Jazz - Shirt Tail Stompers
Our intimate Late Night Jazz series presents sensational music in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. Joining us for this special festival Late Night Jazz are Shirt Tail Stompers, who return to the Elgar Room with their swinging Christmas show. Inspired by the Harlem Swing and Hot Jazz of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, the London-based band is making waves on the international swing music scene, having already brought their vintage sounds to Thailand, Finland, Germany, Italy, South Korea and more. Expect singing, dancing and a whole lot of fun!


14 December 2018, 13.00
A Charlie Brown Christmas
As part of our Christmas Season, enjoy a festive family screening of 1965 classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, as they remind us what’s most important during the festive season! Introducing little ears to the jazzy sounds of the film, the screening will be followed by a performance from The Jason Frederick Cinematic Trio, who will draw upon the repertoire of Charlie Brown composer, Vince Guaraldi.


14 December 2018, 19.30
Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition, big band favourite Guy Barker returns in 2018 with a swinging, soulful celebration of big band music with a Christmas twist! Guy Barker’s inimitable mixture of jazz classics, unearthed treasures and Christmas oddities will put a swing in your step as the festive season kicks off. Jazz singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal will be co-presenting the evening, performing alongside a range of very special guests, including a cappella all-stars Accent, Strictly Come Dancing lead singer Tommy Blaize, jazz/funk singer Vanessa Haynes and clarinettist Adrian Cox. With Barker’s musical mastery and illustrious guests raising the roof, Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas can convert even the grumpiest bah humbugs to the joy of Christmas.


15 December 2018, 11.00, 14.45
My Christmas Orchestral Adventure
Oh no, Father Christmas has lost his map on a practice run of his delivery route! Thankfully Albert’s Orchestra has found it but they need your help to return it to him ahead of the big day! We need to zip around the world on an orchestral adventure to track down Father Christmas. Along the way we’ll ice skate on frozen lakes, go on a Sleigh Ride and enjoy a white Christmas, all without leaving the Royal Albert Hall’s magical auditorium. We’ll be singing, dancing and best of all, a full symphony orchestra will bring our adventure to life. Will you help Albert’s Orchestra save Christmas?


15-16 December 2018, 14.00, 18.00, 21.30
Whoose Line is it Anyway?
Legendary improv show Whose Line is it Anyway? comes to the Royal Albert Hall in 2018 to celebrate its 30th birthday, with an exclusive run of three live festive shows! Highly-skilled and hilarious stars including Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Charles Esten, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, and Jeff Davis, together with multi-talented musicians Laura Hall and Linda Taylor, will join original host Clive Anderson on the Royal Albert Hall stage for classic and new improv games – some of which will involve participation from brave members of the audience… Whose Line Is It Anyway? offers audiences a unique and entirely different show every night!


16 December 2018, 21.30
A Christmas Carol as Told by Jacob Marley (Deceased)
In celebration of the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, join us in the Elgar Room this festive season for a late night performance of James Hyland’s award-winning stage adaption. Marley is dead and condemned to an eternity of carrying a heavy chain, forged in life – a life to which he can no longer return except to recount the tale of his miserly business partner, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the path that lead to his redemption. Through Marley’s words, we learn how three magical spirits opened Scrooge’s eyes and made him realise the true value of love and forgiveness.


17 December 2018, 19.30
The BT Christmas Carol Concert
Join us at the Hall as we welcome the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for this wonderful concert of festive delights. You can expect all your favourite carols, traditional sing-alongs, and even a sprinkling of stardust as we celebrate the Christmas season together. Hosted by BT sport presenters Clare Balding and Jake Humphrey and featuring the National Youth Chamber Choir, plus many more special guests and soloists we can’t wait to reveal, this evening is going to be a festive night to remember.


17 December 2018, 21.30
That's What She Said
As part of our Christmas Season, For Books’ Sake presents a late night Christmas special of That’s What She Said, a night of spoken word featuring the most incendiary, intoxicating women writers and performers around.


18 December 2018, 19.30
London Community Gospel Choir at Christmas
The Royal Albert Hall and the London Community Gospel Choir welcome you to one of their legendary Christmas shows, and our first gospel Christmas concert, featuring seasonal favourites including Joy To The World, Oh Holy Night, Joyful Joyful and many more, plus special guest appearances.


18 December 2018, 21.30
Late Night Jazz
Joining us for this festive Late Night Jazz session is the Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project, a spectacular mix of rhythm, tap dance and jazz.


19 December 2018, 14.00, 19.30
A Hollywood Christmas
Join us for this all-new Christmas concert at the Royal Albert Hall, celebrating great scores from beloved Christmas films. The charismatic American conductor John Mauceri, CNN’s ‘Voice of the Millennium’ – who performed to audiences of four million during his record-breaking tenure at the Hollywood Bowl – leads the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in this exciting motion picture journey.


19 December 2018, 21.30
Late Night Jazz
Joining us for this special festive Late Night Jazz session will be British jazz vocalist Phoebe Katis, performing well known Christmas classics, interspersed with other timeless tunes.


20 December 2018, 11.00
The Snowman and Paddington Bear
This double-bill of classic musical stories is suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.


20 December 2018, 19.30
Michael Rosen - Bah! Humbug!
In a school theatrical production of A Christmas Carol, the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it’s likely his father won’t stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story’s message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father’s distracted heart?


20 December 2018, 21.30
Late Night Jazz - Jazz atthe Movies
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Joining us for this special festive Late Night Jazz session are Jazz at the Movies with A Swinging Christmas.


21 December 2018, 14.00, 19.30
Handel's Messiah
The annual performance of Handel’s sacred oratorio Messiah returns to the Royal Albert Hall for our 2018 Christmas festival of events. The splendour of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Chorus, will be combined with rising vocal stars, including previous BBC New Generation Artist Benjamin Appl, brought together by the much lauded young Russian conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.


22 December 2018, 14.30, 19.30
Home Alone in Concert
A true holiday favourite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Cinematic Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by Ben Palmer. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!


23 December 2018, 11.00
Friendship Matinee - Carols at the Hall
Join us for a very special Christmas Friendship Matinee – a specially programmed performance in the main auditorium providing people who are part of a charity or community group, and those who may not usually come to the Hall, the opportunity to see world-class shows for just £5.


23, 24 December 2018, 12.00, 14.00, 16.30, 19.30
Carols at the Royal Albert Hall
Sing along to festive favourites in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas at what’s set to be London’s finest carol concerts of the season.


28-31 December 2018, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 16.00, 17.30, 19.00
The Nutcracker
Following a critically-acclaimed season in 2017, Birmingham Royal Ballet brings its especially-created version of this Christmas ballet back to the Royal Albert Hall. This enchanting production wowed audiences with its spectacular setting, grand ensemble pieces and ravishing Tchaikovsky score – it is without a doubt the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

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Venue Details

Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2AP

Box Office
020 7589 8212

Nearest tube
High Street Kensington / Knightsbridge


More info

1, 5, 11, 13-24, 28-31December 2018



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