Kick off the festive fun with an evening (or two) with the world’s hottest artists as the Capital Jingle Bell Ball returns to The O2.
The Jingle Bell Ball is London’s biggest Christmas party. In fact, it is probably the UK’s biggest Christmas party.
Hosted by Capital FM with Barclaycard, the two night extravaganza is one of the biggest music events in London over the holiday season.
This year it is being held on Saturday 9 December and Sunday 10 December.
Jingle Bell Ball Line up 2023
The line up for 2023 is being announced on Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November.
There is always a great line up of some of the world’s top artists at the Jingle Bell Ball and 2022 was no exception.
Saturday 10 December saw Coldplay, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith and Tom Grennan amongst the big names taking to the stage. Other acts on the line up include Mimi Webb, KSI, Sigala and Nathan Dawe.
Sunday 11 December was headed up by Stormy, Dua Lipa, Becky Hill and George Ezra. Also on the bill is Aitch, Joel Corry and Tiësto.
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How to get tickets for the Jingle Bell ball
Tickets go on general sale on Friday 17 November.
If you are a O2 or Virgin Media customer there is a priority pre sale on Thursday 16 November at 9am. You can access this via the Priority app or website.
Tickets usually sell out fast so you’ll have to be quick.
Where to sit
The best places to sit at The O2 are usually the first few rows of the A blocks on the floor and blocks 101 and 112 in the tiers.
The further back you go on the floor the less you’ll see unless you are quite tall.
If the first blocks by the stage on level 1 are not available then 102 and 111 are a good alternatives. Particularly if you can get a seat in the half nearer the stage.
If you like an overall view of the show and be face onto the stage, blocks 106 and 107 are worth a look if you can get mid level and up.
Level 4 is the upper tier. It is very high and quite steep. Ticket are usually cheaper up here but if you don’t like heights this tier should be avoided.
The photo below, taken from the front of block 101, gives an idea of how high level 4 is.
With all that said, in some ways there isn’t really a best place to sit at The O2. It really does depend on your circumstances and what tickets are available. A ticket on the back wall or in level 4 is better than not being at the show at all.
Tips for having a great day at the Jingle Bell Ball
- Don’t take the kitchen sink with you. The O2 allows one small bag per person into the arena. If you take a take a large bag you may be asked to leave it in their bag storage which will cost you £10 per bag. Plus who wants to be carrying a load of stuff at a gig?
- Take a debit or credit card. The O2 is a cashless venue. If you want to buy anything, including drinks or merchandise, you’ll need to use your card. The restaurants outside the arena itself but still within the complex may still take cash but check that in advance so you are not caught out.
- Restaurants in the complex get very busy before a show. Try to book in advance if the restaurant you wish to visit takes bookings. If not get there as early as you can so you have enough time to queue and eat without getting stressed about missing the start of the show.
Alternatively, head to Canary Wharf (one stop on the Jubilee line) for many of the same chain restaurants but with (usually) no queue.
- If you are an O2 customer, use your perks.
You can use the fast track entry lanes, the O2 Blueroom Lounge and the Blueroom bar on level 1. You usually just need to show your O2 phone to the staff however, it is worth keeping an eye on the priority app for offers and access on event days.
- If you are an American Express card holder you can use the American Express Lounge at the O2. You can bring three guests with you and access is on a first come first served basis. The lounge opens an hour before the doors of the arena.
- Use the clockroom if you are standing on the arena floor and don’t want to carry your coat with you. Capacity is limited so don’t leave it too late to use. Coats cost £3 to hold for the evening and bags are £5. The cheapest item is free if you are an O2 customer and have the priority app.
- And most of all enjoy yourself!