Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And there’s nothing more likely to get you in the spirit than Christmas carols.

Carols have the power to awaken the inner child in all of us. The hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. You start to feel what can only be described as a warm, fuzzy glow. So at, with our inner child getting restless, we decided to try and identify some of the very best places to hear Christmas carols.

Our first stop is the National Concert Hall. Christmas Joy with the Palestrina Choir on December 19th is an utterly charming and heartwarming selection of traditional carols with the Boy Choristers & Gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir.

Palestrina Choir

Our next stop is Christ Church cathedral, where there’s something very special in the form of a concert by the Mornington Singers. On Saturday December 16th they’ll be performing “Noël!” – an evening of carol classics by the award winning, internationally-renowned amateur choir. Such is the popularity of this performance that tickets are already sold out but it’s worth bearing in mind for next year.

Then on Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd December, Christ Church will be playing host to Dublin Ukulele Collective & The High Hopes Choir who’ll be performing a very special candle-lit fund-raiser for the homeless (Focus Ireland). The High Hopes Choir is made up of homeless people and is the brain child of former RTE Concert Orchestra’s principal conductor David Brophy. His idea behind it was to give homeless people a voice and help them change the public’s perception of what it means to be homeless…and it worked.

Dublin Ukulele Collective

Okay, so maybe you’re looking for something just ever so slightly different. Well we’ve just the thing. The Christmas Sing Along at the Dublin Food Co-Op, hosted by the Sing Along Social, will be bringing their chaotic choir of craic to The Market Hall. Christmas cheer will be guaranteed as Dublin’s best worst singers are brought together for a caterwauling Chrimbo that will celebrate the likes of East 17, Rudolph and Mariah Carey.

Kodaline and The High Hopes Choir perform 'High Hopes'

Or maybe you just want to get involved and get singing yourself. Well there’s something for you too. Every year the Simon Community runs Sing for Simon where everyone is invited to join in as they sing carols together. And if singing isn’t quite your thing, they can always do with plenty of bucket shakers as well for collecting. Like the Dublin Ukulele Collective &  High Hopes Choir, this is in aid of the homeless. We can all do something, and the festive season is a great time for giving or even offering your time to sing.

Carolers at Sing for Simon

So there really is a whole lot going on this Christmas. In fact, you can be left feeling a little spoilt for choice. Whether it’s singing yourself or hearing traditional carols from some of our very best choirs around the city, there truly is something for everyone.

Well it’d be hard to miss at this stage. Indeed it’s been happening for quite a while now. Yes, it can feel like it’s all starting that tiny bit earlier each year. But at this juncture there’s no point in griping because we’re in the home stretch. The best thing to do? Embrace it all.

Main header image: Chamber Choir Ireland performing – Image courtesy of Frances Marshall

Dave likes words. Big ones, small ones, bad ones and beautiful ones. But most of all he loves using them to talk about his favourite things – many of which happen to be right here in his hometown.

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