Planning your carol singing

Group of carol singers at night, wearing coats, scarves and hats

Carol singing at Christmas time is an amazing way to spread the festive cheer and raise money for children in this country who don’t feel safe, loved, or able to cope.

Thanks to fundraising events such as carol singing, we were able to reach more than 13,000 children and young people last year and can continue with the vital work we do to transform the lives of vulnerable children.

Types of event

There are many kinds of event you could organise. Why not try:

  • Door-to-door in your neighbourhood - Singing door-to-door is a Christmas tradition that alerts neighbourhoods that Christmas is finally here. Simply gather a group of willing singers, order a collection bucket and get out into your community.
  • At a local train station, supermarket or public location - Catching people at public locations such as train stations or supermarkets is a great way to spread festive cheer and gather a large crowd.
  • A carol service at your church - Singing Christmas Carols is a mainstay for many churches. Why not use this service to ask for donations to help vulnerable children? 
  • As part of your school’s end-of-term festivities - Help other children enjoy the promise of Christmas by having a carol singing event in your school.
  • Pub-to-pub - Singing in local pubs is becoming more and more popular, catching people at their merriest and most generous!   

If you are planning to carol sing in a public location, make sure to find out what kind of permit you might need.

Get your hands on our great resources

We have loads of free carol singing resources to help you plan a memorable event. From carol books to sashes, order them free from our online shop or download plenty more by visiting the resource centre.

Visit our resource centre 

Pay in the valuable funds

There are a few easy ways to pay in your donations raised from carol singing:

1. Use our online payment form. If you have cash, you will need to pay it into your account first and then pay using this simple form
2. Order a giro and pay in cash at your local Barclays Bank
3. Send a cheque made payable to ‘The Children’s Society’ to:


The Children's Society
Carol singing
Edward Rudolf House
69-85 Margery Street

Don’t forget to use Gift Aid collection envelopes at your address and return the completed and emptied envelopes to our freepost address. In order for us to claim Gift Aid on the donations given, HMRC requires us to prove that each donation was collected at your event. So please be sure to also send us your paying in form along with your envelopes.