London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Christmas at Southbank

Christmas at Southbank

2 December 2017, 19.30
Vivaldi Gloria
Royal Festival Hall
£16.50 - £48.50
Hear the acclaimed Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, perform popular classics. Part of the RGL Choral Masterpieces series.


4-22 December 2017
Wintertime Choirs
Riverside Terrace Café
Be serenaded by seasonal songs, choral, pop, jazz and gospel from choirs of all styles in pop-up and outdoor performances throughout Wintertime.


5 December 2017, 20.00
Huawei Winter Concert
Royal Festival Hall
£15.00-£45.00 concessions available

Join us for an evening of seasonal music and song, as the Huawei Winter Concert returns with a mesmerising line up, led by principal artist Katherine Jenkins.


Katherine is supported by critically acclaimed and award-winning chamber choir Tenebrae and tenor Trystan Llyr Griffiths. The artists perform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Grammy-nominated conductor Anthony Inglis.


Presented by Huawei Technologies, all proceeds from the Winter Concert are donated to The Prince’s Trust.


6 December 2017, 19.30
London Sinfonietta - Stockhausen: Trans
Royal Festival Hall
£15.00-£25.00 Concessions available

Trans came to Stockhausen in a dream, and this extraordinary orchestral masterpiece is every bit as dream-like in performance. The conductor is invisible, half the orchestra is hidden behind a vividly lit gauze, and those left in view are instructed to move like puppets. As listeners we are held in a trance, caught somewhere between the real and the imaginary, the present and the future.


Oliver Knussen conducts this all-Stockhausen programme, as the London Sinfonietta celebrates a composer who has played a key part in its history.


8 December 2017, 19.30
BBC Concert Orchestra - Double Indemnity & Music from Film Noir
Royal Festival Hall
£10.00 - £36.00 concessions available
Join the BBC Concert Orchestra for a dramatic evening of music from the film noir greats.


10 December 2017, 12.30
Tomorrow's Warriors Ensembles Winter Showcase
The Clore Ballroom

Kickstart your festive celebrations with the extraordinary young musical talent of Tomorrow’s Warriors – the UK’s leading Jazz development agency and Southbank Centre’s Youth Jazz Company-in-Residence.


To celebrate 25 years of delivering top quality music education for young people from diverse backgrounds based in London and around the country, Tomorrow’s Warriors are going all out with a very special end-of-year showcase event, featuring all of TW’s Frontline performance ensembles.


10 December 2017, 15.00
Christmas Classics
Royal Festival Hall
£16.50 - £49.50 (concessions 50% off)

Kick off your Christmas celebrations with this wonderful selection of carols and classics from the renowned Philharmonia Orchestra and The Bach Choir.


10 December 2017, 18.00
Tomorrow's Warriors 25th Anniversary Jam featuring Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
The Clore Ballroom

See Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Orchestra (TWYO) perform The Nutcracker Suite by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, along with some classic festive big band tunes, in a special 25th anniversary performance launching Wintertime.


TWYO features the best of Tomorrow’s Warriors’ young musicians aged 15 – 19 and is led by long-time Warrior Music Leader and MOBO Award-winning musician and composer, Binker Golding (of Binker & Moses).


12, 20 December 2017, 10.30, 11.30
Pram Jam
The Clore Ballroom
£5.00 (concessions 25% off)

Warm up this Wintertime with a fun singing or dancing session for you and your little ones.


All you need to bring is a willingness to have some fun!


12 December 2017, 17.30
Southwark Winter Splash
The Clore Ballroom

Hear over 250 children from Southwark primary schools share seasonal songs old and new in a high-energy performance that follows a series of in-school workshops.


13 December 2017, 17.30
In Harmony Lambeth Winter Show
The Clore Ballroom

The holidays never sounded so good, as young musicians from In Harmony Lambeth perform a rich, varied and joyful programme of music.


14 December 2017, 11.00
Carol Singing with the RFH Organ
Royal Festival Hall
Free but ticketed

Sing festive favourites with the accompaniment of our magnificent Royal Festival Hall Organ.


Start your day in the Christmas spirit by singing carols and holiday songs from across the ages and around the world, with backing from the historic Harrison & Harrison organ at Royal Festival Hall.


No prior singing experience is necessary in this casual singing opportunity, but harmonies are encouraged. Song sheets are distributed on the day.


14-24, 27-31 December 2017, 1-7 (and beyond) January 2018, 10.15
ABBA: Super Troupers
Exhibition Space

Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA as they take over 1970s Britain in this one-of-a-kind exhibition.


With your very own tour guide, we'll take you through nine immersive rooms exploring the music, lyrics and lives of one of the world’s most unforgettable bands.


14 December 2017, 18.00
Turning of the Year
The Clore Ballroom

Take in the power of massed singing as children from Lewisham primary schools perform a selection of festive songs in a short and lively programme to see in the change of seasons.


14 December 2017, 19.30
Carols at Christmas
Royal Festival Hall
£16.50 - £49.50 concessions available

Capture the spirit of Christmas in a traditional concert of seasonal classics, glorious carols and readings for this special time of year.


15 December 2017, 13.00
Rug Rhymes Winter Special
The Clore Ballroom

Come and meet our National Poetry Library puppets Federico and Firebird for some festive fun. Join them and their animal friends for a short session of songs and poems celebrating winter and togetherness in our Nordic Room for Children.


15 December 2017, 13.00
Cocktails in Care Homes Wintertime Special
The Clore Ballroom

Come along to an afternoon of music and cocktail fun and get a taste of the Magic Me Cocktails in Care Homes experience.


This special Wintertime edition includes music from our Friday Lunch performers, Ninebarrow, and brings Care Home residents together with Southbank Centre’s audiences to enjoy a winter party together.


Magic Me started Cocktails in Care Homes in 2010 in response to care home residents describing evenings as the loneliest part of the day with so few visitors or activities. Piloted in three homes in Tower Hamlets, Magic Me began hosting monthly cocktails parties, for volunteers and residents to socialise together.


15 December 2017, 18.00
Ice Music
The Clore Ballroom

See pioneer of ice instruments, Norwegian percussion musician and composer Terje Isungset, perform live with these extraordinary feats of sculpture crafted from solid blocks of pure ice.


Terje’s work takes jazz and Scandinavian music far beyond traditional boundaries with poetic use of timbre and colour. Norwegian vocalist Maria Skranes joins him for a set with his ethereal ice instruments including ice horns, an iceofon and ice percussion.


15 December 2017, 19.30
Messiah by Candlelight
Royal Festival Hall
£16.50 - £48.50 concessions available

See Handel’s choral masterpiece performed by the Mozart Festival Orchestra. Part of the RGL Choral Masterpieces series.


16 December 2017, 19.00
London Philharmonic Orchestra: Christmas Oratorio
Royal Festival Hall
£10.00 - £65.00 concessions available

Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conclude our yearlong Belief & Beyond Belief festival with a performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.


18 December 2017, 18.00
Heart n Soul Singalong
The Clore Ballroom

Come and make some noise with the Heart n Soul choir, performing some pop classics, guilty pleasures and a couple of surprises along the way to make you feel good.


Heart n Soul is an award-winning creative arts company and charity. They believe in the talents and power of people with learning disabilities, providing opportunities for people to discover, develop and share this power and talent as widely as possible.


21 December 2017, 18.00
Tomorrow's Warriors House Band Featuring Floetic Lara and Guests
The Clore Ballroom

Warm up on a winter evening with Tomorrow’s Warriors House Band featuring Floetic Lara and special guests from the Warrior past and present.


23 December 2017, 11.30
Nordic Wintertime
The Clore Ballroom

Get involved in an afternoon of Nordic-themed music, storytelling and crafts for the whole family as our year-long programme Nordic Matters draws to a close.


29 December 2017, 17.30
Friday Tonic: A Hard Candy Christmas
The Clore Ballroom

Celebrate the queen of country music in an early evening devoted to Dolly Parton’s most loved songs with Our Lady J.


Loved by Dolly Parton herself, Our Lady J is accompanied by The Train-To-Kill Gospel Choir, to shed new meaning and light on Dolly’s greatest hits along with her lesser known spiritual songs.


30 December 2017, 12.00
Ginger Johnson presents: Glamorous Gran! And other tall stories
The Clore Ballroom

East London's sweetest drag star, Ginger Johnson, brings her unique take on storytelling to Southbank Centre. Expect songs, sequins and shouting galore. Are you sitting comfortably?

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Venue Details

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Box Office
020 3879 9555

Nearest tube
Temple / Embankment / Charing Cross


More info

2, 4-24, 27-31 December 2017 -
1-7 January 2018


Various some free

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