Not to be confused with the smaller concert in the St Margaret's Church, the full Christmas Services on 23 and 24 December are the pinnacle of festivities. It is free to attend, but tickets must be reserved in advance (and they're always snapped up faster than hot mince pies).
The concert is candlelit and the service is conducted with all the pomp and majesty that you would expect. For the All Stand and Sing sections, brush up on old favourites. The choir will introduce you to lesser known carols.
It’s worth getting there at least half an hour early, as the queue of ticket-holders often snakes right up to the houses of parliament. Sit in the nave for the best view; though all proceedings are transmitted to television screens throughout the abbey.
Don’t forget to explore afterwards; Edward the Confessor; Elizabeth I, Geoffrey Chaucer; Henry Purcell; William Blake; Charles Darwin and The Unknown Warrior are all buried here.
Booking Essential: Westminster Abbey carol concert tickets are free but must be reserved. Tickets will be released on Tuesday 16 November at 9:30am and 2:30pm, and Thursday 18 November at 9:30am and 2:30pm.
|What||Festival of Lessons & Carols, Westminster Abbey 2021|
|Where||Westminster Abbey, Dean's Yard , London, SW1P 3PA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Westminster (underground)|
On 23 Dec 21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
On 24 Dec 21, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Abbey's website|