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Where to Sing Carols this Christmas

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Have a Holy Night with mince pies, carols and candlelight

Ding Dong Merrily on High, the festive season’s here. There are plenty of Christmassy activities for getting excited for December 25th, including visiting one of the UK’s many Christmas Markets. Pair a visit to an Xmas Market with a candle lit carol service, many of which are held by charities and choirs in beautiful locations across the UK. There are plenty of events in every town and city but here’s our brief round-up of some of the best. 

Carols by Candlelight at Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX
One of Manchester’s best annual carol concerts comes quite early in the year, taking over Manchester Cathedral on the 10 December. The show is organised and in aid of Henshaws, a charity for people suffering with loss of sight and other disabilities in the north of England. Promising two hours of performances from some top-class acts, this early-December festive evening will no doubt plunge your entire family into the festive season. Help yourself to a mince pie and a hot drink, warming yourselves up so you can singalong! 
This event takes place Tuesday 10 December 2019, 7.30 – 9.30pm. Tickets cost £12 and can be booked here.

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Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children’s Appeal Carol Concert at St George’s
Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR
There’s plenty of festive concerts and carol shows in Bristol, including an extremely popular (but sadly, sold out) one at Bristol Cathedral. Head to St George’s for our favourite carol concert, where a small group of choirs are getting together to raise money for the kids. Your £10 ticket ensures a great night and a charitable donation to the disadvantaged children and young people of Bristol. Performers include Tan Teddy, Bold Brass, Bristol Show Choir and the Blackbird Children’s Choir, but you are, of course, encouraged to singalong. This night will be uplifting, exciting and a great evening for some festive charity. 
This event takes place Tuesday 10 December 2019, 7.15pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available here.
Toddlers’ Carols at Bristol Cathedral
College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ
Parents with young children don’t have to miss out this December, and a carol service for babies, toddlers and pre-school kids is planned at the beautiful Bristol Cathedral. This free event will take place on Thursday 19 December, with shows at 10am and 2pm. The relaxed service won’t be a Silent Night, but a noisy singalong where wiggling and moving around is encouraged. These 45-minute events tend to get pretty packed so be sure to head down early – you don’t want to miss out on this mid-day festive fun! 
This event takes place Thursday 19 December 2019, at 10am and 2pm. Attendance is free and you can find more information here

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Christmas Carol Concert at Royal Pavilion
4-5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Brighton’s Royal Pavilion is truly dressed up for Christmas already, with the festive ice rink taking centre stage outside and Christmassy decor inside. Both The Music Room and the Banqueting Room will host an unforgettable festive show, where two Sussex based choirs present an evening of well-known Christmas classics. Pick up a glass of bubbly (included with the price of your ticket) and raise your voice with the talented singers and entertainment. 
This event takes place Thursday 12 December 2019, 7 – 9.30pm. Tickets cost £30 and are available here.
Christmas Concert at Brighton Dome
Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UE
Promising both classic carols and some of Christmas’ biggest bangers, the Christmas Concert at Brighton Dome offers fun for all the family. An afternoon performance packed with live music, singing, jokes and audience interaction, this is the best opportunity to get into the festive spirit at the start of December. Entertainment is provided by the Brighton Festival Chorus, the Brighton Festival Youth Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and one lucky member of the audience will even get the chance to take over from conductor James Morgan! 
This event takes place Sunday 8 December 2019, 4pm. Tickets cost £12.50 and are available here