We warmly welcome you to join us this year for one of our Christmas services. Whether you take part in the Cathedral (restrictions permitting) or online, we hope to be able to provide comfort and joy at the end of this difficult year, as we celebrate the gift of God’s love to the world in Jesus Christ.

Please click on the services below that you are interested in booking. Please note the opening dates for the booking of individual services.

Services will be different this year in some ways from what you may be used to: find out more here.

Because numbers at services are limited by Covid-19 restrictions, we have decided to operate a random draw as the fairest way of allocating places at the Cathedral Carol Services (Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December), the Eucharist of Christmas Night, and the Cathedral Eucharist on Christmas Day (at 10.00am). Applications for the draw open on Friday 27 November and close at midday on Tuesday 8 December, and the draw will be made thereafter. A link to enter the draw will appear here on Friday 27 November.

Booking is also recommended to attend our other Christmas services, which will be operated in the usual way through the website. To be the first to hear when booking opens for each service, please join our mailing list here.

Saturday 5 December
5.30pm Advent Carol Service (booking essential – opens 23 November, maximum of 70 bookable places)
5.30pm Advent Carol Service Online

Sunday 6 December – The Second Sunday of Advent
4.00pm Advent Carol Service (booking essential – opens 24 November, maximum capacity 70)

Saturday 19 December
3.00pm Cathedral Carol Service (booking essential via draw, opens 27 November, maximum of 70 bookable places)
3.00pm Cathedral Carol Service Online
5.30pm Cathedral Carol Service (booking essential via draw, opens 27 November, maximum of 70 bookable places)

Sunday 20 December – The Fourth Sunday of Advent
3.00pm Cathedral Carol Service (booking essential via draw, opens 27 November, maximum of 70 bookable places)
5.30pm Cathedral Carol Service (booking essential via draw, opens 27 November, maximum of 70 bookable places)

Thursday 24 December – Christmas Eve
1.00pm Crib Service (in the Palace Gardens, booking essential)
2.00pm Crib Service (in the Palace Gardens, booking essential)
3.30pm Evensong (booking essential, maximum of 70 bookable places)
11.15pm Eucharist of Christmas Night (booking essential via draw, opens 27 November, maximum of 70 bookable places)

Friday 25 December – CHRISTMAS DAY
8.00am Holy Communion (booking possible but not essential, maximum of 70 bookable places)
10.00am Cathedral Eucharist (booking essential via draw, maximum of 70 bookable places)
10.00am Cathedral Eucharist Online
12 noon Holy Communion (booking possible but not essential, maximum of 70 bookable places)
3.30pm Christmas Evening Prayer (booking possible but not essential, maximum of 70 bookable places)

Wednesday 6 January – THE EPIPHANY
7.00pm Sung Eucharist (booking recommended)

Sunday 10 January – The Baptism of Christ
4.00pm Epiphanytide Carol Service (booking recommended, maximum of 70 bookable places)