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12 Christmas highlights to look forward to at Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral Christmas credit Bill Smith

From a festive fayre to concerts and special services, there are lots of different ways to enjoy the magic of Christmas at Norwich Cathedral.

The festivities begin on Sunday 1 December with a Candlelit Advent Procession and there are lots more events to enjoy throughout December.

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: “We have a wonderful programme of festive events and special services at Norwich Cathedral this Christmas and we hope people of all ages will join us in celebrating this very special time of year.”

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

Candlelit Advent Procession
Sunday 1 December, 6pm

Enjoy carols, readings and a candlelit procession in this Advent service as preparations begin for Christmas.

Advent Open Evening
Thursday 5 December, 6.30pm-9pm including a 7pm blessing of the outdoor crib

Celebrate 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 Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir, the chance to walk through a candlelit labyrinth, Christmas stalls, and children’s activities.
Free entry.

Tree of Remembrance
Thursday 5 December until Sunday 5 January

Remember a loved one by hanging a star on the Cathedral’s Tree of Remembrance next to the outdoor crib outside the Hostry. Donations will go to Priscilla Bacon Hospice.

Norfolk Christmas Fayre
Friday 6 December, 10am-9pm
Saturday 7 December, 10am-5pm

Norwich Cathedral has joined forces with Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association for a Christmas fayre packed full of the joys of the festive season. The fayre will take place throughout the Cathedral, Cloisters and Close and will feature an array of festive food and drink, unique gift ideas, and more.
Free entry.

St Nicholas Day Evensong
Friday 6 December, 5.30pm

St Nicholas, the patron saint of children, will be celebrated in this special Evensong in which a medieval custom will be revived and one of the Cathedral’s choristers will be made the ‘boy bishop’ for the occasion.

Saturday 14 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.

Christmas with Norwich Cathedral Choir
Friday 13 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 or call 01603 630000.

Messiah by Candlelight
Saturday 21 December, 7.30pm

Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir will be joined by Norwich Baroque and soloists for their annual performance of Handel’s much-loved oratorio.
Tickets £14-£28. To book, visit or call 01603 630000.

Christmas Procession with Carols
Sunday 22 December, 6pm, and Christmas Eve, 3.30pm

Enjoy the story of Christmas told with carols and readings as the Cathedral Choir moves in procession through the whole Cathedral.

Crib Service
Christmas Eve, 12 noon

Fun for all the family as the Nativity story is brought to life! Children are invited to dress as characters from the Nativity story for this informal service.

Midnight Mass
Christmas Eve, 11.15pm

Celebrate the birth of Jesus in this traditional service that welcomes in Christmas Day. Please make sure you arrive early.

Family Eucharist of Christmas Day
Christmas Day, 10.30am

Celebrate Christmas Day with this special morning service with popular carols.

For more information about Christmas events at Norwich Cathedral events, visit

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The longest days let you stay on the beach all day and eat al fresco in the evening. Oh, it's the Royal Norfolk Show too!


Great Yarmouth seafront fireworks
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Halloween at Holkham
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Norwich Castle
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