London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London


Midnight Mass

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

26-27 November 2016, 18.00
Advent Procession
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.


1 December 2016, 18.30
Messiah - George Frideric Handel
Ticketed (free) - The Cathedral Choir and Chorus perform Handel’s perennial favourite with the City of London Sinfonia. Conducted by Andrew Carwood.


3 December 2016, 10.30-17.00
Behold the Lamb of God - Handel's Messiah
St Paul's Cathedral Director of Music Andrew Carwood will explore in this reflective day at St Kathereine's Foundation in Limehouse how this great work illuminates the story of the life of Christ, and what it can offer us as a way to consider our own journey to salvation.


4 December 2016, 13.00
Sunday Forum: Barbara Mosse - Light in the Darkness
Advent is a season of watchful reflection, full of the symbolism of dark and light. We are called to contemplate the unseen workings of God in preparation for new life and new hope. Priest and writer Barbara Mosse will explore the many gifts of God to be found, and the wisdom to be found in the seasons of the church year as we begin them once again. 


7 December 2016, 15.30
Broadcast of Choral Evensong by the BBC


10 December 2016, 17.00
Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten
The ever-popular work for boys’ voices and harp, performed by the Choristers of St Paul’s and Sioned Williams. Motets sung by the Vicars Choral and readings for Advent.


15 December 2016, 18.30
A Celebration of Christmas
Celebrity readers join the Cathedral Choir and City of London Sinfonia for this popular annual celebration. Music conducted by Andrew Carwood.


17 December 2016, 11.00
Family Carols
Enjoy Christmas favourites in a service lasting 45 minutes, sung by the chamber choir, Cantate. Children especially welcome, with puppeteer Simon Buckley.


18 December 2016, 15.15
Choral Evensong
Sung by the Cathedral Choir, including the Blessing of the Crib and the lighting of the Christmas trees.


23, 24 December 2016, 16.00
Christmas Carol Service
Sung by the Cathedral Choir.


24 December 2016, 23.30
Midnight Eucharist
The First Eucharist of Christmas with congregational carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir. The Dean of St Paul's will preside and the Bishop of London will preach.


Christmas Day 2016
08.00 - Holy Communion
08.45 - Morning Prayer
11.00 - Sung Eucharist
15.15 - Festal Evensong


26 December 2016, 17.00
Evening Prayer with Carols


28 December 2016, 17.00
Evening Prayer with Carols

Venue Details

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St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Churchyard
London EC4M 8AD

Box Office
020 7246 8350

Nearest tube
St Paul's

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Free and ticketed

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Church of England

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