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

1-2 December 2018, 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, 8, 15, 22 December 2018, 11.00
Prepare the Way of the Lord: Music for Advent
£65.00 bursaries available
This advent we will explore in music and words the human lives which tell the story of salvation from its very beginning in the Garden of Eden to Mary's song of joy as she receives the world-changing news of the coming of the Messiah. The four week course led by Andrew Carwood will include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, by composers including Bach, Haydn, Elgar, Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten.


6 December 2018, 18.30
Messiah - George Frideric Handel
Free (ticketed)
The Cathedral Choir and Chorus perform Handel’s perennial favourite with the City of London Sinfonia.


11 December 2018, 19.00
Age UK Carol Concert
Various prices
Age UK brings its annual celebrity carol service to St Paul's. It’s set to be a night to remember with a fabulous line up of stars including Russell Watson and Laura Wright alongside the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral.


13 December 2018, 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.


16 December 2018, 15.15
The blessing of the crib and lighting of the Christmas trees
A special service of music and readings during which the crib will be blessed and the Christmas tree lit.


16 December 2018, 18.00
La Nativité du Seigneur Messiaen
Messiaen’s organ meditation on the mystery of the birth of Christ, interspersed with readings and prayers. Performed by St Paul's Cathedral Organist and Assistant Director of Music Simon Johnson.


18 December 2018, 19.00
Alzheimer's Society Carol Concert
Various prices
Delight in the sounds of St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, be uplifted by performances by one of Alzheimer's Society's Singing for the Brain groups, and sing along to all your festive favourites. This evening is guaranteed to fill you with truly heart-warming Christmas cheer


20 December 2018, 19.00
British Red Cross Carol Concert
Various prices
This celebration will bring people together to make connections over the holidays and enjoy an evening of choral classics. There will also be a variety of heart-warming readings to help get people into the festive spirit.


21 December 2018, 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 harpist Sioned Williams. Motets sung by the Vicars Choral and readings for Advent.


22 December 2018, 11.00
Family Carol Service
Enjoy Christmas favourites in a service lasting 45 minutes. Children especially welcome.


23, 24 December 2018, 16.00
Christmas Carol Service
As Christmas Day approaches, we pause to reflect on the story of the birth of Jesus Christ through readings and music by the Cathedral Choir. Join us for this magical service including congregational carols.


24 December 2018, 23.30
Midnight Eucharist
The First Eucharist of Christmas with congregational carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir.


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


26-28 December 2018, 17.00
Evening Prayer with Carols

Expired - This event is in the past.

Venue Details

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

Box Office
0207 246 8350

Nearest tube
St Paul's


More info

1-2, 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20-28 December 2018


Various, some free

Other notes
Church of England

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