Chelsea Pensioner Choir
The Chelsea Pensioners embrace the spirit of Christmas by participating in a variety of festive events each year, seamlessly blending their iconic scarlet coats with the holiday theme.

Explore the list below for upcoming Christmas events this year, with many open to the public (highlighted in bold). Additionally, we've included details about Private Christmas traditions and events for reference (clearly marked).

If you spot our Chelsea Pensioners during your Christmas outings, we'd love to see your photos shared on our social media channels.

Event Date Time Location Availability
Christmas Lights Switch-On Sat 18th November From 11:00 Sloane Square - Main Square & Kings Road Free to all members of public
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Wed 22nd November 18:00 - 19:00 Aragon House Pub, 247 New Kings Road, Parsons Green Free to all members of public
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Wed 22nd November 19:30 - 21:30 The Phene Pub, 9 Phene Street, Chelsea Free to all members of public
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Tue 28th November 19:30 - 21:30 The Phene Pub, 9 Phene Street, Chelsea Free to all members of public
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Wed 29th November 18:00 - 20:30 The Cadogan Arms Pub, 298 Kings Road, Chelsea Free to all members of public
Stirring of the Christmas Pudding Mon 4th December From 11:00 Private Event Private Event for Pensioners & Staff
Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses Wed 6th December From 10:00 Private Event Private Event for Pensioners & Staff
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Wed 6th December 18:00 - 20:30 The Cadogan Arms Pub, 298 Kings Road, Chelsea Free to all members of public
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Thu 7th December 19:30 - 21:30 The Phene Pub, 9 Phene Street, Chelsea Free to all members of public
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Sun 10th December 10:45 - 12:15 National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road Free to all members of public
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Sun 10th December 14:00 - 15:00 The Pear Tree Cafe, Battersea Park Free to all members of public
Christmas Cake Ceremony Wed 13th December From 10:00 Private Event Private Event for Pensioners & Staff
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Thu 14th December 19:30 - 21:30 The Phene Pub, 9 Phene Street, Chelsea Free to all members of public
Christmas Carol Service Sun 17th December From 15:30 (Doors open at 14:45)  Wren Chapel, Royal Hospital Chelsea Watch the stream here
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Wed 20th December 13:45 - 15:15 Peter Jones Department Store, Sloane Square Free to all members of public
Chelsea Pensioner Singers - Carols Performance Wed 20th December 19:30 - 21:30 The Phene Pub, 9 Phene Street, Chelsea Free to all members of public
Christmas Eve Service Sun 24th December From 18:00 (Doors open at 17:15) Wren Chapel, Royal Hospital Chelsea Free to all members of public - 
Watch live here
Christmas Day Holy Communion Mon 25th December From 09:00 Wren Chapel, Royal Hospital Chelsea Free to all members of public
Christmas Day Service Mon 25th December From 11:00 Wren Chapel, Royal Hospital Chelsea Free to all members of public

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Chelsea Pensioners in scarlet coat and Royal Gurkhas stood together
Chelsea Pensioners join the Liberation of Guernsey

This month marked the 79th anniversary of the Liberation of Guernsey. A group of 10 Chelsea Pensioners and serving soldiers from the Royal Gurkha Rifles visited the channel island to mark the occassion. 

Three Chelsea pensioners, two stood behind a bench and one sitting surrounded by red roses in pots
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