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Festive highlights at Norwich Cathedral this Christmas

From Christmas concerts to Midnight Mass and Carols in the Cloister, there is lots to look forward to at Norwich Cathedral this festive season.

Blessing the outdoor crib at the Advent open evening at Norwich Cathedral

The season of Advent began with a beautiful candlelit procession through the Cathedral on November 28 and the return of the Advent Open Evening on December 3, where families took part in an open-air service beside the outdoor crib and Tree of Remembrance which will be outside the Hostry throughout December.

As the countdown to Christmas continues, there are many more services and events to enjoy at the Cathedral – from Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight and the Christmas with Norwich Cathedral Choir concert to the Christmas Processions and the Christmas Eve Crib Service.

Norwich Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: “After a very different Christmas in 2020 due to the pandemic, we are delighted to be able to welcome more people to the Cathedral this year to celebrate Advent and Christmas and to see the return of much-loved events such as our choirs’ festive concerts.

“Our Advent Procession and the blessing of the outdoor crib at our Advent Open Evening were both wonderful ways to begin this festive season and we hope people of all ages will enjoy visiting the Cathedral at this most special time of year, whether it is to attend one of our many special services and events or simply to enjoy spending time in the Cathedral’s beautiful surroundings.”

Blessing the outdoor crib at the Advent open evening, Norwich Cathedral

Here are some of Norwich Cathedral’s Advent and Christmas highlights:

Tree of Remembrance
Friday 3 December until Sunday 2 January
Remember a loved one by placing a star on the Tree of Remembrance beside the Cathedral’s outdoor crib.

Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight
Saturday 11 December, 7.30pm
Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir and Norwich Baroque present their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah with a cast of internationally acclaimed soloists.
Tickets £14-£28 (£5 for under 18s in the side aisles).
To book, visit or call 0333 666 3366.

Christmas with Norwich Cathedral Choir
Friday 17 December, 7.30pm
Join Norwich Cathedral Choir for a feast of Christmas music with plenty of audience participation!
Tickets £14-£28 (£5 for under 18s in the side aisles).
To book, visit or call 0333 666 3366.

Carols in the Cloister
Saturday 18 December, 4pm
Enjoy a carol singalong full of festive favourites with the girl choristers and members of the Cathedral’s Chamber Choir in the stunning surrounds of the Cloister.

Christmas Procession with Carols
Wednesday 22 December and Thursday 23 December, 7pm
Friday 24 December, 3.30pm
Hear the story of Christmas told with carols and readings as the Cathedral Choir moves in procession through the whole Cathedral.

Crib Service
Friday 24 December, 12 noon
The Christmas Story is brought to life in this informal service where children are invited to dress as characters from the Nativity.

Midnight Mass
Friday 24 December, 11.15pm
The traditional service sung by the Cathedral Choir to welcome in Christmas Day and celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, will be the preacher at this service.

Family Eucharist of Christmas Day
Saturday 25 December, 10.30am
Celebrate Christmas Day at this special service sung by Norwich Cathedral Choir. The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, will be the preacher at this service.

Festal Evensong for Christmas Day
Saturday 25 December, 3.30pm
A traditional Evensong for Christmas Day with carols sung by Norwich Cathedral Choir.

New Year’s Day Organ Concert
Saturday 1 January, 11am
Norwich Cathedral organist David Dunnett will welcome in the New Year with a selection of popular and festive organ music.

Christmas shopping in the Cathedral Gift Shop
Throughout December
The Cathedral’s Gift Shop is open daily, offering lots of inspiration for the perfect presents, as well as Christmas cards and festive decorations. Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 9.15am-5pm and Sunday 11.45am-3.30pm.

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