12 Christmas highlights at the Cathedral

29 November 2018
From Christmas concerts and services to a festive fayre, there are lots of different ways to enjoy the most magical time of the year at Norwich Cathedral. The festivities will begin on Friday 30 November with a special open evening full of festive spirit for all the family and there are lots more events to enjoy throughout December.
Christmas at Norwich Cathedral (c) Paul Hurst 0R7A6828

Here are 12 highlights at Norwich Cathedral to look forward to:

1. Cathedral Open Evening
Friday 30 November, 6.30pm-9pm including a 7pm blessing of the outdoor crib
Celebrate the beginning of Advent with an evening full of festive events.
There will be a short service featuring farm animals to bless the outdoor crib, carols with the Cathedral Choir, the opportunity to walk through a candlelit labyrinth, guided tours, Christmas stalls, and children’s activities.
Free entry.

2. Tree of Remembrance
Friday 30 November until Saturday 5 January
Remember a loved one by hanging a star on our Tree of Remembrance next to the outdoor crib outside the Hostry.
Donations will go to homeless charity Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney.

3. Norfolk Christmas Fayre
Saturday 1 December, 10am-6pm
Norwich Cathedral has joined forces with Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association for a Christmas fayre full of festive food and drink, great gift ideas, vintage fairground rides and more.
Free entry.

4. Candlelit Advent Procession
Sunday 2 December, 6pm
Enjoy carols, readings and processions by candlelight in this Advent service.

5. Christingle
Saturday 8 December, 3.30pm
Bring the whole family for this traditional service with lots of candles and oranges! The service is in support of The Children’s Society and its work helping vulnerable young people.

6. Christmas with Norwich Cathedral Choir
Friday 14 December, 7.30pm
Join Norwich Cathedral Choir for a celebration of Christmas music both sacred and secular with carols for choir and audience.
Tickets £12-£20. To book, visit www.cathedral.org.uk or call 01603 630000.

7. Messiah by Candlelight
Saturday 22 December, 7.30pm
Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir is joined by Norwich Baroque and soloists for their annual performance of Handel’s much-loved oratorio.
Tickets £14-£26. To book, visit www.cathedral.org.uk or call 01603 630000.

8. Christmas Procession with Carols
Sunday 23 December, 6pm, and Christmas Eve, 3.30pm
Enjoy the story of Christmas told with carols and readings as the Cathedral Choirs move in procession through the whole Cathedral.

9. Crib Service
Christmas Eve, 12 noon
Bring the children along for lots of fun as the Nativity story is brought to life! At this informal service children of all ages are invited to dress as a character from the Nativity story.

10. Midnight Mass
Christmas Eve, 11.15pm
Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus in this traditional service that welcomes in Christmas Day. Please make sure you arrive early.

11. Family Eucharist of Christmas Day
Christmas Day, 10.30am
All are invited to celebrate Christmas Day and the birth of Jesus in this morning service.

12. Festal Evensong, Procession and Carols
Christmas Day, 3.30pm
Enjoy a traditional Evensong with carols on Christmas Day afternoon.

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Photo: Paul Hurst