I went to the carol concert during the week before Christmas with my two children, nephew, sister and brother in law and parents.
We had never been before but I can definitely see this becoming an annual family tradition.
We met at Central train station and walked up Bold Street, pausing for coffee at Costa on the way up. When we reached the Philharmonic we were greeted by two reindeer with their elf handlers. Rudolf was extremely friendly, greeting children with head nudges and happy to be stroked and petted. The other reindeer was pregnant and kept away from the children. Can’t say I blame her!
After photos with the reindeer we made our way inside and found our seats. We were up in the gods with a spectacular view of the decorated stage.
The orchestra and choir went through a variety of Christmas songs (When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas etc) and audience participation was encouraged by means of a projection of the words on certain songs. There was also a Father Christmas who led the way with encouraging clapping and introduced the various pieces.
The children all loved the experience, and so did the adults!
It was an excellent way to start celebrating Christmas.