Celebrate Christmas 2019
at Your Cathedral

Come and spend some time with us this Christmas at Gloucester Cathedral. Whatever your taste, we have something to suit everyone at this special time of year.

Click here to download your guide to all our services and events this December

You are warmly invited to experience the joy and beauty of Christmas Services in the glorious surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral

Sunday 17 November
'The Pinnochio' Lantern Parade
5.00pm Service to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas Lights

Sunday 1 December
6.00pm  Advent Carol Service by Candlelight

Sunday 8 December & Sunday 12 January 2020
 Britten's 'Ceremony of Carols' sung by the Cathedral Choristers

Monday 23 December
3.00pm Family Crib Service with the Lighting of the Christmas Trees
6.00pm Christmas Carol Service (please arrive by 5.45pm)

Christmas Eve
Family Crib Service with the Lighting of the Christmas Trees
6.00pm Christmas Carol Service (please arrive by 5.45pm)
11.30pm Midnight Mass (please arrive by 11.15pm)

Christmas Day
Holy Communion (said)
10.15am Sung Eucharist
The only way to start Christmas Day, may this service be a blessing to you.
4.00pm Evening Prayer (said)

St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)
Morning Prayer
9.00am Holy Communion
3.00pm Carols for All (Gloucester Choral Society)
4.30pm Evening Prayer (said)

Please join us at any of the above services. No ticket is required, seats are unreserved. Family Crib Service is approximately 45 minutes and all other carol services are approximately I hour in length.

For regular daily services please see our Worship Page

On 23 and 24 December as we prepare for the 3.00pm Family Crib Service with Lighting of the Christmas Trees, from 2.15pm onwards the Cathedral will be open only for those attending this service.

Following the 3.00pm service the doors will be closed whilst we prepare for the more formal Christmas Carol service at 6.00pm. However, we ask that you arrive by 5.45pm. The doors will open at 5.00pm.

We anticipate that there will be large numbers of people attending these services. We will do all we can to accommodate everyone, however, to ensure everybody’s safety and in accordance with fire and emergency evacuation regulations, once the Cathedral is at capacity there will be no further admission to the service. We apologise for any disappointment that this may cause.

All are welcome to join us as we mark the beginning of the new Christian year with our annual Advent Carol Service by Candlelight, a dramatic and majestic service that, for many, is when the true countdown to Christmas begins. 



On Saturday 7 December come and enjoy the beautiful sound of the Boy and Girl Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral joined by Emma Johnson, Internationally acclaimed solo clarinettist, chamber musician, recording artist and lecturer, to perform Songs of Celebration – A Christmas Concert.



Of course it just wouldn't be December without our hugely popular 'Carols on the Hour and Christmas Market'. Join us on Saturday 14 December to hear the Saint Cecilia Singers, the Stuart singers and the Caring Chorus singing bite sized bursts of Festive praise and enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping at our Christmas Market in the beautiful surrounding of the Cathedral Cloisters. Don't forget to visit The Monk's Kitchen and Chapter House for some tasty Christmas treats too or our new Gift Shop for some beautiful gifts, cards, candles and more...

...and come along on Saturday 21 December to hear the Choirs of the Cathedral singing a second 'Carols on the Hour'.


A double helping of Xmas WOW factor awaits you on Sunday 15 December with the Gloucester Cathedral Junior Choir Christmas Concert at 4.30pm followed at 6.00pm by our annual Special Evening Organ Recital: Messiaen - La Nativité Du Seigneur performed by our awesomely talented Assistant Director of Music, Jonathan Hope.


Throughout December we have a packed programme of carol services, concerts, special events and children & family activities for you to choose from, or you can simply come and spend some quiet, reflective time with us. Whatever it is you wish to do, you are warmly welcome to do so in your Cathedral.


All at Gloucester Cathedral wish you a Happy Christmas

and a Peaceful New Year

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