Carol services and concerts to enjoy this Christmas in Somerset
PUBLISHED: 14:22 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34 20 August 2020
With Christmas just round the corner, there’s nothing quite like enjoying carols and singing along to your festive favourites. We pick some of the best performances in some of Somerset’s most delightful locations
Playhouse Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare
On Monday, November 26 at 7.30pm, Weston-Super-Mare’s Playhouse Theatre will be full of magnificent music with the Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala.
The festive Christmas special has once again returned, with the Much Loved Productions Company showcasing their wonderful melodies for audiences to enjoy.
Wells Cathedral, standing proudly in the heart of England’s smallest city, will play host to a number of carol services and concerts through December. They include the Somerset County Schools Christmas Concert on Monday, December 10 and the Wells Cathedral Junior School Christmas Celebration the following day.
X Factor stars and multi-platinum selling vocal quarter G4 will perform a Christmas Concert on Friday, December 14 in aid of charity Missing People and their Home for Christmas Appeal.
For carol singing with a difference, jump aboard the West Somerset Railway where steam locomotives will travel from either Minehead or Bishops Lydeard for a round trip. Recreating the era of Christmas gone by on December 10, 11, 15 and 16, the Carol Train will take visitors on a magical journey along the Somerset countryside.
If you’ve missed out on the Carol Trains, there are always the Santa Special and Santa Express trips where Father Christmas will deliver gifts, and plenty of festive cheer, as the train chugs along the track.
The Bishop’s Palace, Wells
Bishop’s Palace in Wells will host a fortnight of festivities for visitors to enjoy, from stunning Christmas decorations, a family trail with a nativity scene at the end, a visit from Father Christmas and plenty of festive foodie treats.
From December 8-22, there will also Christmas carols in the chapel from many different local musicians, and the Wells Theatre Company will bring you a ‘A Christmas Carol’ costumed storytelling.
Throughout December, the Victorian themed festive celebrations at Tyntesfield House & Gardens will feature an array of choral music performed in the stately home’s stunning chapel. Click here to see the full list of performers.
Love paying a visit to stately homes and gardens? Take a look at our round-up of which to visit in Somerset here.
Kicking off the festivities with an Advent Procession and Carol Service on Sunday December 2, the glorious setting of Bristol Cathedral will play host to a number of carol services and concerts throughout December for audiences to enjoy.
On Monday, December 10, Bristol Cabot Choir will perform pieces from Handel’s Messiah among others while shoppers can take a break with a short service of carols and festive music on Tuesday, December 18.
The stunning interiors of Clifton Cathedral will play host a performance by the Bristol Choral Society and Bristol Ensemble, conducted by Hilary Campbell on Saturday, December 17 at 7.30pm (the concert may commence later than planned – check the website for details). Tickets are available here.
St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton
In the setting of Taunton’s pretty St Mary Magdalene Church, enjoy an evening of moving readings and seasonal music to mark the beginning of Advent on Sunday, December 2 at 6.30pm.
Seasonal refreshments will also be available at the popular Darkness to Light advent service.
Glastonbury Male Voice Choir, Glastonbury
Sing along to some of your favourite carols and enjoy seasonal music, sung in glorious four-part harmony by the men of the Glastonbury Male Voice Choir. The Christmas Concert & Carols will be hosted in the beautifully decorated St John’s Church in Glastonbury on Wednesday, December 12 at 8pm.
Mince pies, wine and refreshments will be available. Tickets are available from choir members and the Glastonbury Tourist Information Centre, as well available to book online here.
The impressive Bath Abbey, still stands proudly in the same position it’s held for over 1000 years regardless of the interesting history the city has experienced.
There are plenty of carol services and concerts to attend throughout December, including A Christmas Celebration featuring the Abbey Choirs and the Melody Makers on Saturday, December 15 at 7pm.
Now in its 32nd year, the annual Dunster by Candlelight will be illuminating the medieval village on Friday December 7 and Saturday December 8.
Alongside a lantern procession, live entertainment and Christmas market stalls to browse, alongside much more, music will be filling the streets thanks to Dunster Carollers, West Somerset Brass Band and Minehead Handbell Ringers. There will also be plenty of concerts held at the beautiful Priory Church of St George.
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