Ding dong merrily outside: carol concerts go alfresco as UK Covid restrictions hit

Traditional open-air singing and wassailing plans abound to keep spirit of Christmas alive in Britain this year

Clad in mittens and bobble hats, carol singers are moving back to traditional open-air performance this Christmas in response to health concerns. A string of scheduled professional and amateur choral concerts will now take place outside, while many streets are organising door-to-door carolling for charity.

Last year, group singing of any kind was deemed unsafe and, as Covid social restrictions return this December, singing alfresco has emerged as one of relatively few sanctioned communal activities.

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