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18th Door of Advent Calendar: Christmas Carols!

Getting in the festive spirit continues today as we list carol services that take place around London this week. The carol offerings vary from movies to gospel so there is something to suit every taste. 

Christmas in Trafalgar Square

Various different London groups perform carols by the legendary Trafalgar Square Christmas tree every night until the 22nd December, raising funds for various charities. The Christmas tree is worth seeing in itself, as it is an annual gift from the Norwegians, to whom London represented hope and freedom during WWII when German troops besieged Norway. The story is remarkable, and so is the tree – it can reach up to 25 metres high and is between 50 and 100 years old. www.london.gov.uk/trafalgar-square/events 

Christmas Carolling with very special guest Russell Watson

This Christmas Carolling show is presented at Royal Albert Hall today and Friday 21st Dec, promising an afternoon of festive fun and superb music. Hosted by Russell Grant, with guests such as Russell Watson, Sophie Evans and James Graeme supported by four London Choirs, this sounds like a beautiful carol service. www.royalalberthall.com

Carols with the London Community Gospel Choir in Covent Garden

St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden has been offering pearls of festive entertainment to visitors throughout December, and the finale is on Thursday with London Community Gospel Choir, who perform soulful Christmas carols with strong spirit and sparkle! Don’t miss it on 20th Dec between 5-7pm. www.stmartinscourtyard.co.uk

St Paul’s Cathedral Family Carols

If you want to experience the stunning St Paul’s Cathedral but cannot make it to their traditional midnight service on Christmas Eve, go to this Christmas carol service with music by Cantate, the chamber choir. The service starts at 1pm and lasts for 45minutes, so whole family can attend. www.stpauls.co.uk/visits-events 

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Last but not least, Maida Vale cinema Everyman Maida Vale is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol, a wonderful Muppet adaptation of the classic Dickens Christmas tale. Kermit the Frog takes a central role as Bob Cratchit, and other muppets Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear are in supporting roles. The film was first launched twenty years ago, but Everyman Maida Vale have taken it in their program for the festive season this year. www.everymancinema.com