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Advent and Christmas at Canterbury Cathedral

Advent and Christmas at Canterbury Cathedral

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A Christmas to Remember at Canterbury Cathedral

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Christmas services, Carol singing, concerts, family days out, Christmas events, and unique gifts! Whatever you need to make your Christmas, discover it at Canterbury Cathedral. All are welcome to celebrate with us.

See below for further details, or download our Christmas What's On Guide.

Many of our Christmas services and events can also be viewed online - click on the individual titles to view the livestream or recording for that service or event.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Cathedral will be open for services only. Please see our Opening Times and Entry Prices for more information.

Upcoming services and events

Be Still and Know: Advent Quiet Day
Sat, 11 December 2021, 10.00-16.00

Join the Reverend Dr Emma Pennington, Canon Missioner, for a day of reflection, stillness, and prayer as we prepare for Advent and Christmas. This event will be online and you will be sent a joining link after you have booked your ticket for this event. Find out more...

Choral Evensong with Carols
Sun, 19 December 2021, 17.30

This service of Evensong with traditional Christmas Carols is a great way to begin the week leading up to Christmas. Find out more...

The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral Carol Service
Tue, 21 December 2021, 19.00

All Friends and their guests are invited to assemble in the Nave where we will enjoy Carols and Readings and the wonderful singing of our Choristers. Find out more...

Cathedral Carol Service
Thu, 23 December 2021, 19.30 (doors at 18.30)

Our main Cathedral Carol Services are one of the highlights of the Cathedral’s year. Music and readings tell the story of the birth of Christ in an atmospheric service with candlelight. Music is provided by all parts of our world-famous Cathedral Choir: boy choristers, girl choristers, and lay clerks, and by the singing of the traditional Christmas carols by the congregation. Find out more...

Family Crib Service
Fri, 24 December 2021, 11.00

A joyful and informal service for children and families which tells the story of the birth of Jesus, with music from the Cathedral’s Boy Choristers and the singing of traditional Christmas Carols. Find out more...

Cathedral Carol Service
Fri, 24 December 2021, 15.00 (doors 14.00)

Our main Cathedral Carol Services are one of the highlights of the Cathedral’s year. Music and readings tell the story of the birth of Christ in an atmospheric service with candlelight. Music is provided by all parts of our world-famous Cathedral Choir: boy choristers, girl choristers, and lay clerks, and by the singing of the traditional Christmas carols by the congregation. Find out more...

Christmas Day Eucharist with the Archbishop of Canterbury
Sat, 25 December 2021, 11.00

Join the Most Reverend, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and the clergy and choir of Canterbury Cathedral for our Christmas Day Eucharist. Find out more...

Christingle Family Workshop
Tue, 28 December 2021, 13.00-14.30
This is a FREE event but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL and donations to the Children’s Society are welcomed.

Join the Reverend Dr Emma Pennington, Canon Missioner, in a workshop where children will create their own Christingles to take to the Cathedral Christingle Service. Find out more...

Christingle Service
Tue, 28 December 2021, 15.00

The annual Christingle service is a joyful celebration that brings families and communities together to share the light of Jesus and spread a message of hope. Find out more...

Martyrdom of St Thomas of Canterbury
Wed, 29 December 2021, 15.00

A very special Canterbury Cathedral tradition to mark the martyrdom of Canterbury’s most famous Saint. We gather for a candlelit service of medieval chant, processions, and readings as we mark the day on which St Thomas was murdered in his own Cathedral. Find out more...

Epiphany Carol Service
Sun, 9 January 2022, 17.30

Celebrate the feast of the Epiphany with this beautiful carol service. The music and readings of this service reflect on the three signs of Christ’s “Epiphany” (his manifestation to the world): the visit of the wise men, the Baptism of Christ, and the transformation of water into wine at the wedding at Cana. Find out more...

Recorded events and services

Watch our latest video in the window below, or click on the individual titles to view the recording for that service or event.

If you are unable to watch the services in the player below, please click here to watch the video on YouTube.

 

Bach, Christmas Oratorio
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The Girls and Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir will be joined by internationally-acclaimed period instrument ensemble, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen, and a stellar line-up of professional solo singers, to perform J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Parts I-III, VI).

Advent Carol Service
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This beautiful service at the beginning of the season of Advent brings together music, readings, and the lighting of candles, as we move from darkness to light in the expectation of Christ’s coming.

St Nicholas Family Service
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This short service for children and families is a joyful celebration of the story of St Nicholas and a chance to find out more about the original Santa Claus! Music is provided by choirs and bands of local children and the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral Girl Choristers.


In search of the perfect Christmas gift?

Discover hundreds of unique products and special gifts in-store and online with our Cathedral Shop. We also have our first-ever stall in the Canterbury Christmas Market, so pop by to find the perfect Christmas gift.

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Looking for an exceptional Christmas Lunch or Christmas Party Night?

Within the inspirational grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, the Cathedral Lodge offers superb first class banqueting facilities and is in the ideal location to celebrate Christmas.

From only £25 per person, our great value Christmas lunches and Christmas party nights are perfect for large or small groups and a great way to celebrate with your family, friends or colleagues.

Find out more

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