Advent and Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral

View of a Christmas tree in the cloister gardenAdvent and Christmas are a very special time here at Christ Church Cathedral and we extend a warm and friendly welcome to all to come and join us at any of our services during these holy seasons.


All of our Advent and Christmas services are free to attend, however, due to the popularity of certain services, such as the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, you will need to book a ticket for some of our most popular services. Tickets will only be able to be booked online via this webpage. Tickets for the Nine Lessons and Carols services with the Cathedral Choir will be made available on Monday 21 November at 11am and usually go very quickly. Further details of how to book will be confirmed on this page soon.

Booking is now open for our service of traditional lessons and carols for Christmas on Wednesday 21 December, sung by Frideswide Voices and the Lay and Academical clerks. Book tickets for this carol service here.

November 2022

Cathedral Advent Carol Service with the Cathedral Choir - Saturday 26 November – 6pm

University Sermon with the Rt Revd Saju Muthalaly, Bishop of Loughborough - Sunday 27 November – 11am

Advent Carol Service with Frideswide Voices and Clerks - Wednesday 30 November – 6pm

December 2022

Friends of the Cathedral Carol Service with the Frideswide Voices and Clerks - Monday 14 December - 6pm

Lessons and Carols with Frideswide Voices and Clerks (BOOK HERE- Wednesday 21 December – 6pm

Nine Lessons and Carols with the Cathedral Choir (BOOK HERE from Monday 21 November at 11am) - Friday 23 December – 6pm

Christmas Eve

10.30am – ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ Family Service

3pm - Nine Lessons and Carols with the Cathedral Choir (BOOK HERE from Monday 21 November at 11am) 

11.30pm – Midnight Mass with Frideswide Voices and Clerks

Christmas Day

8am – Holy Communion (Said)

9am – Eucharist with Christmas Carols 

11am – Choral Eucharist for Christmas Day with the Cathedral Choir 

6pm – Said Evening Prayer

January 2023

Solemn Choral Evensong on the Eve of Epiphany with Procession to the Crib with the Cathedral Singers - Thursday 5 January – 6pm

Choral Eucharist for Epiphany with the Cathedral Singers - Friday 6 January – 6pm

February 2023

Candlemas Carol Service with the Cathedral Choir - Saturday 4 February – 6pm


As well as a range of services for Advent and Christmas, there will also be an exciting program of events and activities taking place at the Cathedral. We will be announcing further details soon.