Advent & Christmas 2018

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8:00am Holy Communion
10:15am Choral Mattins
11:30am Sung Eucharist
3:15pm Choral Evensong
4:45pm Sunday Organ Recital - Jean-Luc Thellin
6:00pm Eucharist

Advent & Christmas 2018

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.

Advent Procession Saturday 1 December
Sunday 2 December
6 - 7.15pm
One of the year’s most dramatic services as a procession moves from darkness to light. Words and music focus on the Advent theme of light in darkness, hope in despair, and a new relationship with God in Christ. Sung by the Cathedral Choir.
FREE | Unticketed
Prepare the Way of the Lord: Music for Advent Saturdays 1, 8, 15 and 22 December 11am - 12.30pm
This advent we will explore in music and words the human lives which tell the story of salvation from its very beginning in the Garden of Eden to Mary's song of joy as she receives the world-changing news of the coming of the Messiah. The four week course led by Andrew Carwood will include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, by composers including Bach, Haydn, Elgar, Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten. Part of the St Paul's Adult Learning autumn / winter programme
£65, bursaries available | Tickets available at
George Frederic Handel
Thursday 6 December 6.30 - 9pm
The Cathedral Choir and Chorus perform Handel’s perennial favourite with the City of London Sinfonia.
FREE (with opportunity to make donation) | A limited number of free tickets are available via Eventbrite. We will release tickets at the following dates and times; Monday 15 October at 9.30am; Saturday 27 October at 9.30am; Thursday 1 November at 7.30pm and Thursday 15 November at 12pm. If tickets are sold out please check again at a later date. Read more about our ticketing policy. Sponsored by Fidelity International.
Age UK Carol Concert Tuesday 11 December 7 - 8.15pm
Age UK brings its annual celebrity carol service to St Paul's. It’s set to be a night to remember with a fabulous line up of stars including Russell Watson and Laura Wright alongside the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Various prices | Tickets available from Age UK. Tickets are not available directly from the Cathedral. 
A Celebration of Christmas Thursday 13 December 6.30 - 8pm
Celebrity readers join the Cathedral Choir and City of London Sinfonia for this popular annual celebration. Music conducted by Andrew Carwood.
FREE (with opportunity to make donation) | Free tickets via Eventbrite will be released at a later date. Read more about our ticketing policy.
Sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group.
The blessing of the crib and lighting of the Christmas trees Sunday 16 December 3.15 - 4.15pm
A special service of music and readings during which the crib will be blessed and the Christmas tree lit.
FREE | Unticketed
La Nativité du Seigneur     Messiaen Sunday 16 December 6 - 7pm
Messiaen’s organ meditation on the mystery of the birth of Christ, interspersed with readings and prayers. Performed by St Paul's Cathedral Organist and Assistant Director of Music Simon Johnson.
FREE | Unticketed
Alzheimer's Society Carol Concert Tuesday 18 December 7 - 8.15pm
Delight in the sounds of St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, be uplifted by performances by one of Alzheimer's Society's Singing for the Brain groups, and sing along to all your festive favourites. This evening is guaranteed to fill you with truly heart-warming Christmas cheer
Various prices | Tickets available from the Alzheimer's Society. Tickets are not available directly from the Cathedral. 
British Red Cross Carol Concert Thursday 20 December 7 - 8.15pm
This celebration will bring people together to make connections over the holidays and enjoy an evening of choral classics. There will also be a variety of heart-warming readings to help get people into the festive spirit.
Various prices | Tickets available from the British Red Cross. Tickets are not available directly from the Cathedral. 
Ceremony of Carols
Benjamin Britten
Friday 21 December 5 - 6pm
The ever-popular work for boys' voices and harp, performed by the Choristers of St Paul’s and harpist Sioned Williams. Motets sung by the Vicars Choral and readings for Advent.
FREE | Unticketed
Family Carol Service Saturday 22 December 11 - 11.45am
Enjoy Christmas favourites in a service lasting 45 minutes. 
Children especially welcome.
FREE | Unticketed
Christmas Carol Service Sunday 23 December
Monday 24 December
4 - 5.10pm
As Christmas Day approaches, we pause to reflect on the story of the birth of Jesus Christ through readings and music by the Cathedral Choir. Join us for this magical service including congregational carols.
FREE | Unticketed | Early arrival is recommended
Midnight Eucharist Monday 24 December 11.30pm - 1am
The First Eucharist of Christmas with congregational carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir.
FREE | Unticketed
CHRISTMAS DAY - Tuesday 25 December
Holy Communion 8 - 8.30am  
Morning Prayer 8.45 - 9.15am  
Sung Eucharist 11am - 12.30pm  
The principal service of the day with congregational carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Festal Evensong 3.15 - 4.15pm  
The traditional choral service with congregational carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Evening Prayer with Carols Wednesday 26 December
Thursday 27 December
5 - 5.45pm
Evensong with Carols Friday 28 December 5 - 5.45pm

Door open 45 minutes before services begin.



Useful Christmas Event Information

With its full range of Advent and Christmas services, concerts and events, St Paul's can be very busy in December.