Advent & Christmas 2019

Worship
Today at the Cathedral View More
7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

Advent & Christmas 2019

Celebrate the birth of Jesus and a new relationship with God at St Paul's Cathedral this Advent and Christmas. Hear again the message of the angels and, in heart and mind, go to Bethlehem and discover the peace of the Christ Child through the pages of scripture and the carols of the choir.

God With Us: Seeing the Christmas Stories with Fresh Eyes Wednesday 27 November 6.30 - 8pm
The Christmas stories are some of the best-loved in the Bible but their familiarity can mask their real, mind-boggling message: God comes to the world in a human body, in obscurity and vulnerability, and nothing is ever the same again. In this evening, Dr Paula Gooder will unravel some of what these revolutionary stories really tell us.  
FREE | Register for tickets here.
 
Advent Carol Service Saturday 30 November
Sunday 1 December
6 - 7.15pm
One of the year’s most dramatic services sung by the Cathedral Choir. A candlelit procession moves from darkness to light as words and music help us to focus on the Advent themes of light in darkness, hope in despair and a new relationship with God in Christ.
FREE | Unticketed | This service is very popular and seating is limited. Early arrival is recommended
 
Messiah
George Frederic Handel
Wednesday 4 December 6.30 - 9pm
The Cathedral Choir and Chorus perform Handel’s glorious and world-famous oratorio with the City of London Sinfonia. A wonderful re-telling of the life of Christ in the run up to Christmas.  
FREE | Advanced booking required | Tickets for this event will be released in batches at the following dates and times:
  • Thursday 7 November 2019 at 3pm (All tickets now booked)
  • Saturday 9 November 2019 at 12pm (All tickets now booked)
  • Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 7.30pm (All tickets now booked)
Any returned tickets can be booked here. 

Read more about our ticketing policy.
 
 
Cancer Research UK Carol Concert Tuesday 10 December 6.45 - 8.15pm
This will be a spectacular evening of music and words to celebrate the festive season and raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK. The evening will feature readings by some of the UK’s best-loved actors and performances from world-class musicians and singers, including St Paul’s Cathedral Choir. 
Various prices | Tickets available from Cancer Research UK. Tickets are not available directly from the Cathedral. 
 
A Celebration of Christmas Thursday 12 December 6.30 - 8pm
Celebrity readers join the Cathedral Choir and the City of London Sinfonia for a glittering evening of words, music, meditation and laughter with carols for all to sing.
FREE | Advanced booking required | Tickets for this event will be released in batches at the following dates and times:
  • Friday 8 November 2019 at 10am (All tickets now booked)
  • Monday 11 November 2019 at 12pm (All tickets now booked)
  • Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 7.30pm (All tickets now booked)

Any returned tickets can be booked here. 

Read more about our ticketing policy.


Sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group.
 
Sankta Lucia  Friday 13 December 7 - 8.15pm
The famous Swedish Christmas service, complete with a candlelit procession of St Lucy and glorious music from the Cathedral Choir and the Choir of the Swedish Church in London. 
Various Prices | Tickets available from the Swedish Church. Tickets are not available directly from the Cathedral. 
 
La Nativité du Seigneur     
Olivier Messiaen
Sunday 15 December 6 - 7pm
Olivier Messiaen’s powerful and deeply mystical organ meditation on the birth of Christ played by Simon Johnson, framed by seasonal readings. 
FREE | Unticketed
 
London Fire Brigade Carol Service Tuesday 17 December 7 - 8.15pm
Join London Fire Brigade for their annual Christmas Carol Service, this year at St Paul's.
This is a private event. Tickets are not available for the public. 
 
Ceremony of Carols
Benjamin Britten
Friday 20 December 5 - 6pm
The ever-popular, inspiring work for children’s voices and harp performed by the Choristers of St Paul’s alongside readings for Advent and music from the St Paul’s Vicars Choral and Harpist Sioned Williams. 
FREE | Unticketed
   
Family Carols Saturday 21 December 11 - 11.45am
 A more informal event for families where the story of Christmas is told in music and words and with the help of some unusual guests! Children are especially welcome for this 45 minute celebration.
FREE | Unticketed
 
Light in the Darkness: Readings and music for Advent
with the Blessing of the Crib and Lighting of the Christmas Trees
Sunday 22 December 3.15 - 4.15pm
Readings for Advent and music from the Cathedral Choir frame the ceremonies of Lighting the Christmas Trees and the Blessing of the Crib as the birth of Christ draws near.
FREE | Unticketed
 
Christmas Carol Service Monday 23 December
Tuesday 24 December
4 - 5.10pm
The start of the Christmas season with the re-telling of the story of the birth of Christ in words and music. The Cathedral Choir is joined leading lights from the London community and from St Paul’s. 
FREE | Unticketed | This service is very popular and seating is limited. Early arrival is recommended
 
Midnight Eucharist Tuesday 24 December 11.30pm - 1am
As the world waits for the birth of Christ we gather together in the middle of the night to celebrate the first Eucharist of Christmas. Carols for all and music from the Cathedral Choir announce the Christmas feast.
FREE | Unticketed | This service is very popular and seating is limited. Early arrival is recommended
 
CHRISTMAS DAY - Wednesday 25 December
Holy Communion 8 - 8.30am  
Morning Prayer 8.45 - 9am  
Sung Eucharist 11am - 12.30pm  
The principal service of the day with carols for Choir and people. 
Festal Evensong 3.15 - 4.15pm  
The traditional, famous and uplifting choral service of Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir.
FREE | Unticketed | This service is very popular and seating is limited. Early arrival is recommended
 
Evening Prayer with Carols Thursday 26 December
Friday 27 December
5 - 5.45pm
Evensong with Carols Saturday 28 December 5 - 5.45pm

Doors open 45 minutes before services begin.