Advent & Christmas 2021

A Christmas message from Dean Stephen

Last year, it was said, that Christmas was cancelled. Like so many, many others, we were separated as a family just at the time we would always be together. This Christmas, despite on-going concerns, we are back with as much joy as we can muster – so ‘O come all ye faithful!’ Of course, Christmas does not need to be saved as it saves us, with the good news of God here among us in the birth of Jesus Christ.

Download the Advent and Christmas What's On Guide here

Advent and Christmas Services

We look forward to welcoming you to our Advent and Christmas services, many of which will be live-streamed for people to watch online. Audiences will be able to download the accompanying orders of service so that they can follow the service and sing along with the carols at home.

Ticketed Services - NOW FULLY BOOKED

This year the Family Crib Services and Christmas Carol Services are ticketed. Tickets are free and you must have a booking reference to attend. We cannot guarantee there will be any cancellations but If anyone does return/cancel their tickets, they will appear on the booking link so do please check back. Book your tickets here.

All other services do not require tickets but we recommend you turn up early to secure a seat.

Please click here to see all of our Advent and Christmas Services.

For daily services please see our Worship Page

We recommend that you check our daily diary for any limited access or closures before travelling.

Carols on the Hour

It's back, gather your family and friends together and join us on Saturday 11 December for our annual bite-sized burst of festive praise. Enjoy carols in your glorious Cathedral sung on the hour by the Choirs of Gloucester Cathedral.

11am - Cathedral Junior Choir
12noon and 1pm - Cathedral Choir
2pm & 3pm - Cathedral Youth Choir and Middle Choir
4pm - Gloucester Choral Society

Each service lasts just 30 minutes - suitable for all the family.

Cathedral Christmas Experience at Night

11, 17, 20 and 21 December 7pm - 10pm

Everything looks and feels just a bit more beautiful after dark in the Cathedral at this time of year. Enjoy the decorated Cathedral by night with live music provided by our Cathedral musicians and friends. Definitely an opportunity not to be missed and don't forget to bring your camera!

Book your tickets here.

Tickets: £5 per adult, £3 per child (5 to 16 years) Pre-booked ticket holders only. Set entry times.

Digital Advent Calendar 2021

Our digital Advent calendar is returning for 2021, and this year we’re delighted to have partnered with Gloucestershire’s Poet Laureate, Ziggy Dicks, to create 25 short poems that capture the themes at the heart of Christmas.

From Wednesday 1 December until Christmas Day, we’ll share a video of one of these poems being read by a member of the Gloucester Cathedral community. Ziggy has skilfully created poems to appeal to everyone, and we also hope that they might inspire you to come and explore your Cathedral this Christmas.

You’ll be able to find our daily Advent calendar videos on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and website.

A Cathedral Christmas

From Saturday 11 December to Friday 7 January

The Christmas Story Trail
Come and follow the trail around the Cathedral to learn more about the Christmas story, and meet the characters by hunting for the miniature displays.

The Knitivity
Visit Gloucester Cathedral’s much-loved and characterful Crib Scene in the spectacular surroundings of the Quire.

Christmas decorations
Inside the Cathedral

Within the building, you’ll find beautiful Christmas trees, traditional garlands and greenery displays, festive lights and a magical decorated Cloister.

Outside the Cathedral
New for 2021, a gorgeous Christmas tree will be in the centre of Cathedral Green and the windows in the Cathedral Close will be lit up, adding to the festive atmosphere from Sunday 28 November.

Entry to the Cathedral is by donation.

For more details about services, concerts and events please use the links on the left hand side of the page.

Homeless Hamper Campaign

Once again, we are working with Gloucester City Mission to be the main collection point for their Homeless Hamper campaign. From Friday 3 to Saturday 11 December visitors can drop off donations such as mince pies, chocolate, pot noodles, tea, toiletries, hats, gloves and scarves to a collection point in the Cathedral Nave. The hampers will be distributed before Christmas Day.

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A Christmas Prayer - from Your Cathedral to You

Come Christmas God
Christ Child of Bethlehem
Spirit of wonder
Be born in us and your world
Once more
That joy may be shared
Peace proclaimed
And love abound.


Kate McIlhagga

We wish you a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year


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'At the heart of Christmas' is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021

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