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Four-Star Carols by Candlelight at the Albert Hall

A candlelit, seasonal spectacular

This marvellous evening of festive music and readings in an evocative, candle-lit style setting in the Royal Albert Hall, is one of Raymond Gubbay's most popular Christmas concerts. With musicians and performers in full 18th-century costume, and musical highlights such as Handel's 'Zadok the Priest' and extracts from 'Messiah', plus carols for all, this is always a magical evening.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Coach travel throughout
  • One night's bed and buffet breakfast accommodation in a four-star London hotel
  • A Choir Seat at the Royal Albert Hall for 'Carols by Candlelight' (upgrades available)
  • A shopping visit to Central London
  • A short panoramic sightseeing tour of London
  • The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
  • Government taxes and service charges

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Leaving the local area in the early morning we'll travel to London and our overnight hotel. After check-in we'll head to the Royal Albert Hall for the highlight of our break - 'Carols by Candlelight'.

In addition to some well-known classical favourites, the evening will include the chance to raise your voice in song for such traditional favourites as 'Once in Royal David's City', 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and 'Oh Come, All Ye Faithful', and hear a series of readings by the incomparable Bernard Cribbens.

Day Two

After breakfast, you'll leave your hotel for some sightseeing or the chance to indulge in some Christmas shopping. Seek out some great bargains in the many shops around Oxford Street, Knightsbridge and High Street Kensington. Alternatively, stay on the coach and enjoy a short sightseeing tour past iconic attractions such as St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace.

We'll begin our journey home in the afternoon, arriving back in the local area by mid to late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Cambridgeshire Huntingdon, Wisbech
Cheshire Altrincham, Chester, Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield, Wilmslow
Clwyd Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Wrexham
Cornwall Launceston
Derbyshire Derby
Devon Barnstaple, Bideford, Dawlish, Exmouth, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Plymouth, Tiverton, Totnes
Dorset Bournemouth, Bridport, Ferndown, Poole, Weymouth
County Durham
County Durham Darlington, Durham
Essex Chelmsford, Colchester, Saffron Walden
Gloucestershire Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Gwent Abergavenny, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Newport
Hampshire Eastleigh, Portsmouth, Waterlooville, Winchester
Lancashire Ashton Under Lyne
Leicestershire Leicester
Lincolnshire Boston, Grimsby, Lincoln, Scunthorpe
Merseyside Birkenhead, Southport
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Sarn Services M4
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Thirsk, York
Norfolk Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Norwich, Wymondham
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff West Services M4
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Rotherham
Somerset Bath, Bridgwater, Gordano Services M5, Shepton Mallet, Weston Super Mare
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stafford, Stoke On Trent
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich
Tyne & Wear
Tyne & Wear Newcastle Upon Tyne
West Midlands
West Midlands Coventry, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Bradford, Huddersfield, Pontefract
Warwickshire Rugby
Wiltshire Swindon
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Evesham, Malvern Link

Four-Star London Area Hotel ★★★★

You'll stay in a four-star standard hotel in London such as the Holiday Inn, Regents Park, or the Thistle City Barbican Hotel. All rooms have private facilities, TV, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. All hotels will have good restaurant and bar facilities, either on site or nearby.

Further Information

Show tickets

Your show/event ticket(s) will be given to you by your Newmarket Tour Manager on the day.

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Carols by Candlelight at the Albert Hall reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Carols by Candlelight at the Albert HallScores 7.9 out of 10 based on 155 reviews
(2 out of 10)


Tredegar Couple
We where totally disappointed with trip having to share with another trip and running around to collect them after show and not getting back to hotel until after midnight would certainly not recommend using Newmarket again and after complaining and waiting 2 wks for a basic apology
Confirmed traveller: 19 December 2016
Published on: 10 January 2017

Thank you for your review and for contacting us directly, we are very sorry that some aspects of your trip did not meet with your full approval. We hope that our further private response has now addressed all issues to your satisfaction.

(5 out of 10)


Southampton Single traveller
Trip very badly organised because Newmarket included customers attending a concert at the Royal Albert Hall with other customers attending the Horse of the Year Show at Olympia. The coach arrived Olympia mid afternoon which gave the Horse of the Year customers ample time for refreshments before attending their event. Customers attending the Royal Albert Hall were only allowed 45 minutes to check in at the hotel, freshen up and have a hot drink before the coach left for the Royal Albert Hall. After the evening concert the coach returned to Olympia with the Royal Albert Hall customers, to collect the Horse of the Year customers. Consequently we did not arrive back at the hotel until 11:55 pm!
Confirmed traveller: 19 December 2016
Published on: 09 January 2017

We are very sorry that you were disappointed with our service on this occasion. I have passed your comments to our Customer Relations Department who will investigate the points you raise and reply directly within 28 days.

(4 out of 10)


Poole Family
What should have been a wonderful event turned into a shambles! The carol concert was fantastic in the evening but throughout Saturday it was a nightmare! Timings were very poor by your company. There was no mention by you as a company or our guide that there would be time to eat prior to the concert. Our coach driver was fantastic and did his best to keep us informed but I have to say that our guide didn't. We abandoned ship on the Sunday morning as once again timings given by our guide were so vague that we decided to make our own way home at an additional cost to ourselves.
Confirmed traveller: 19 December 2016
Published on: 07 January 2017

We are very sorry that you were disappointed with our service on this occasion. I have passed your comments to our Customer Relations Department who will investigate the points you raise and reply directly within 28 days.

(10 out of 10)


Meliden Friends
Brilliant value for money. Fabulous way to get into the festive spirit. Jenny, the guide, was just great, she was fun, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Plenty of time for some shopping in Oxford Street too. 10 out of 10 for this trip!

Only recommendation would be to have more information regarding arrangements prior to the trip.

Best regards

Marion Hunt
Confirmed traveller: 19 December 2016
Published on: 03 January 2017
(6 out of 10)


Waterlooville Hampshire Friends
The concert was very good, as was the hotel, But the travel arrangements were terrible.
Confirmed traveller: 19 December 2016
Published on: 01 January 2017
(8 out of 10)


Too many hours on the coach, perhaps because of seasonal traffic, rail strikes but also exaserpated by different itineries (Olympiad & Carols by Candlelight). Pickup of passengers at Olympiad was a fiasco. The tour manager caused a lot of stress to the driver by asking him to drive down the narrow road passed the main entrance congested by other traffic. Otherwise the hotel & show at the Albert Hall were first class,
Confirmed traveller: 19 December 2016
Published on: 30 December 2016
(9 out of 10)


Bury St Edmunds Friends
The coach journey was rather long but eventually we got in to the hotel. Our room was perfect, warm with comfy beds and plenty of hot water and tea and coffee. The concert in the Royal Albert Hall was amazing, we were in the rausing circle which was very high up! The atmosphere was infectious and we all felt very festive. Bernard Cribbins did a couple of readings, his voice was as distinctive as ever.
Confirmed traveller: 19 December 2016
Published on: 30 December 2016