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O Holy Night named the nation's favourite Christmas carol

‘O Holy Night’ is officially the nation’s favourite Christmas carol

Chorister Rehearse For A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols At Kings College Cambridge

What is the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – and what is the order of service?

Can you identify the Christmas carols from just the first few notes?

Can you identify the Christmas carols from just the first few notes?

New Zealand Police singing carols

New Zealand Police go viral singing ‘Silent Night’ and other Christmas carols

Descants are a choral Christmas tradition

What actually are descants – and why do we sing them at Christmas?

What are the lyrics to ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’?

What are the lyrics to ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’, and what is the Christmas carol really about?

12 of the funniest classical music Christmas tweets you’ll see all year

12 of the funniest Christmas classical music tweets you’ll see all year

Funny nativity girl

This adorable village church nativity video will never get old

The nation's favourite carols: listen & download

'O Holy Night' artwork

'O Holy Night' Adolphe Adam Conductor: John Rutter Ensemble: Bach Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Record label: Decca Catalogue ID: 278 2129

'Silent Night' artwork

'Silent Night' Franz Gruber Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists: Nigel Hess Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFMD 17

'In the bleak mid-winter.' artwork

'In the bleak mid-winter.' Gustav Holst (1874-1934 : England) Conductor: Stephen Darlington Ensemble: ;Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford Record label: Nimbus Catalogue ID: NI 7021

'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' artwork

'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847 : Germany) Conductor: Harry Christophers Ensemble: ;The Sixteen Record label: Coro Catalogue ID: COR 16043

'In the bleak mid-winter' artwork

'In the bleak mid-winter' Harold Darke Conductor: John Rutter Ensemble: Bach Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Record label: Decca Catalogue ID: 278 2129

'O Come, All Ye Faithful' artwork

'O Come, All Ye Faithful' Traditional Conductor: Steven Baker Ensemble: London Session Orchestra Soloists: Friar Alessandro Record label: Decca Catalogue ID: 481 0507

'O little town of Bethlehem' artwork

'O little town of Bethlehem' Anon Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists: Nigel Hess Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFMD 17

'Away in a Manger' artwork

'Away in a Manger' William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921 : U.S.A) Conductor: James O'Donnell Ensemble: ;Choir of Westminster Cathedral Record label: Hyperion Catalogue ID: CDA 66668