Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square Christmas Carol Singing Programme 2018

The Carol Singing Programme for Christmas 2018 runs from Monday 10 to Friday 21 December, excluding Saturday 15 December 2018.

The programme of activities will be advertised here once the groups have been confirmed.

Information on the programme

The Greater London Authority provides one-hour sessions for groups to use for carol singing at the base of the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square. In order to retain a more traditional form of carol singing a PA system and stage will not be provided. This enables an intimate and enjoyable experience for carol singers and audiences alike, more suitable for Trafalgar Square at Christmas time.

The sessions provided should not be used for anything other than carol singing.

You may collect on behalf of a registered charity for the duration of your hour’s slot. Please note that the GLA has no means to guard or protect charity collection buckets and groups must make appropriate arrangements for collection and storage.

Groups may bring a keyboard, battery powered amplifier or small acoustic ensemble to act as accompaniment to the singers. To achieve best effect in the space it is recommended that choirs consist of a minimum of 30 singers.

Please note there will be no access to power.

Sessions are available for one hour only, from 4pm to 7pm weekdays (with the last session finishing at 8pm) and a 2pm to 5pm timeslot on weekends (with the last session finishing at 6pm). 

We are currently not taking bookings for Saturday 15 December 2018.

Further information and final permissions will be issued to successful applicants when all information on the programme has been finalised.


Apply to take part

All the sessions for 2018 are now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email [email protected].