What is Christmas? What does it mean to you and your family? We love tinsel and mince pies as much as anyone, but there are so many people in need of fundamental basics: an education, home, fresh water, and even love..  that over spending on gimmicks and gifts feels less important than ever.

This year, we will be embracing traditional Christmas values. Spending less, helping others more. We will buy thoughtful presents for the kids, handpicked from the recommendations on Kinfo app, and donate our time and a little money to a charitable cause.

We love singing so one of these concerts will be on the list. If the power of music can transform the lives of others, then we’re sold!

 


Street Child Christmas Carols

“When children are given the chance to learn, they have a chance to break free from poverty”

Street Child has helped 200k children go to school and 15k families to set up their own businesses, in the world’s greatest deprived areas. The charity is 10 this year, so these three services – two east, one in west London, all with mulled wine and mince pies – will be marking the anniversary. If you aren’t tempted by the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir, the Southern Spirit Singers, or the magical feeling of being in the Tower of London grounds after-hours, then hoepfully wishing a better life for vulnerable children around the globe will stir up some goodwill to dig deep.

 

WHEN: 4th, 5th & 13th December, 6.30-8.30pm
WHERE: Church of St. Peter ad Vincula Tower of London EC3N / St Martin within Ludgate EC4 /

Christ Church Kensington W8

COST: £10-45

INFO:  See here

FACT: 121 million school-aged children world-wide are currently not in education

DONATE: https://www.street-child.co.uk/donate

 


 Hope and Homes for Children

“Love became the key to our work and we have quite unashamedly focussed on and talked about it ever since”

 

The British married couple that founded this charity originally devised a plan to build orphanages all over the world, but then the kids they met on their travels would beg them for something else: a family, and love. So, the plan changed, to get kids out of orphanages and into more stable environments. Tonight’s seasonal festivities in this lovely Gothic church will include a gospel choir, an award-winning soprano, celeb-watching and a wine finalé.

 

WHEN: Wednesday 5th December, 7pm

WHERE: St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington W8
COST: £25, £10 for kids
INFO: See here
FACT: In 2017 Hope and Homes for Children raised a fantastic £11.6 million. Fundraising events only made up 4% of that, but this a truly heart-warming service (I mean, just how cute are those kids, pictured).
DONATE: https://www.hopeandhomes.org/donate/

 


NSPCC’s Merry Little Christmas Concert

“Every childhood is worth fighting for”

Did you see the news this week… ‘That’s Life’ is returning to our screens in January. Brilliant, eh? Before that, though, Esther Rantzen is calling for us all to support her baby that earned her a Damehood, the 24–hour counselling service for children and young people, ChildLine. Singalong carols, chocolate treats, and a Cracker Raffle will be topped off by sterling music performances, all within the beautiful stained glass, Arts & Crafts Movement (the country’s mid-19th century design reform period) setting of this stunning London Anglican church.

 

WHEN: Thursday 6th December, 7.15pm

WHERE: Holy Trinity, Sloane Street, London, SW1X

COST: From £35, £10 for kids

INFO: See here

FACT: ChildLine was set up by Esther Rantzen in 1986. Note, calls made by kids don’t show up on a phone bill.

DONATE: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/make-a-donation/?utm_source=homepage

 


The Children’s Trust Christmas Concert

“Music can help a child with brain injury reconnect with the world around them and relearn the skills they’ve lost”

Chelsea’s 950-seat Cadogan Hall is such a perfect, wowee venue to buckle up for a classical Christmas ride. A recorder virtuoso, soprano and choir are joined by BAFTA award-winning impressionist, comedian and actor Alistair McGowan, who is also an able pianist – there is literally no end to his skills. He will be tinkling the ivory keys to raise money for kids with brain injury. Around 40,000 children are affected by such injuries every year in the UK and the Trust provides them with specialist rehabilitation, education and care. They seek over £8 million support every year to do so, so this, their 27th festive concert, will make a small dent.

 

WHEN: Monday 10th December, 7.30pm

WHERE: Cadogan Hall SW1X

COST: From £25

INFO: See here

FACT: The brain recognises and responds to the patterns in music, which can create new pathways in the brain for communication and tell the body how to move after injury.

DONATE: https://shop.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/donate

 


GOSH’s 19th Christmas Carol Concert

St Augustine said, “He who sings, prays twice”

London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity’s annual festive celebration will lead a congregation in singing for vital heart and lung machines required by their special care units. The original hospital opened in 1852 with just 10 beds. In 1858, author Charles Dickens did a public reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and raised enough money to buy them the house next door. Now, with over 330 beds it needs our support. If men of history could be so generous, the least we can all do 160 years later is belt out carols. Reception ticket holders decamp to mingle with celebs for champagne and canapés at the 5* Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel afterwards where there will be an auction.

 

WHEN: Tuesday 11th December, 6.30pm
WHERE: St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge and Jumeirah Carlton Tower SW1X
COST: Concert only £45, £25 for kids (more for reception)
INFO: See here
FACT: Author JM Barrie donated the rights of his bestseller Peter Pan to the hospital in 1929, which is why there’s a statue outside its main entrance.
DONATE: https://www.gosh.org/donate/research-fund

 


The Honeypot Children’s Charity Christmas Carol Concert

“One childhood, once chance. An evening of choirs, carols and Christmas joy”

 

The 22-year-old charity funds countryside breaks and one off activities for vulnerable 5-12 year old carers, giving them time out from their responsibilities at home, introducing them to fun childhood experiences. Profits from tonight at this Covent Garden church (built in 1633, also known as The Actors’ Church’ because of their long association with the theatre community) will buy Christmas and birthday presents for each Honeypot child. Performers are The Portobello Live choir and West End Kids, a musical theatre song and dance troupe for young talented singers and dancers who have appeared before royals, festival crowds and at state banquets (if your kid’s an all-singing, all-dancing natural check out their website, they are holding auditions this weekend).

 

WHEN: Tuesday 11th December, 7pm

WHERE: Parish Church of Covent Garden

COST: £15, £12 for kids

INFO: See here

FACT: It has been No. 10 Downing Street’s charity of 2018, although we note the website says it receives virtually no money from the government. Let’s help them.

DONATE: https://www.honeypot.org.uk/donate-no

 

 

Claire L is a mum of 2 kids (5 & 8 years old) and lives in North London with her family.