Advent and Christmas at Southwark Cathedral

Advent and Christmas is a very special time of year at the Cathedral. Celebrate the birth of Jesus at Southwark. All are welcome.

Friday 30 November - Sunday 2 December -The Friends' of Southwark Cathedral Christmas Market

A festive atmosphere and delightful range of stalls giving opportunity for all to find that special something at Christmas.  Mince pies and mulled wine also available to buy.

For further information please visit the Christmas Market page here

Saturday 1 December - Merbecke Choir : Rachmaninoff's Vespers

7.45pm - 9.30pm

In a candle-lit Cathedral our Merbecke Choir conducted by Emily Elias will perform Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, more usually called The Vespers.  This Choral tour de force was hailed as 'the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church'.  To learn more about this dramatic work, do join us for a pre-concert talk with Joseph Fort, lecturer in music at King's College London.

Tickets £10 - £15 via Eventbrite or the Cathedral Shop

Sunday 2 December - Advent Sunday

The beginning of the new Church year and the preparations for Christmas.

11.00am - Choral Eucharist

3.00pm - Evening Prayer

6.00pm - Advent Procession - Looking for Light

One of the most beautiful services of the year, the Gentlemen and Boys of the Cathedral Choir leads us in a service taking us from darkness to light in the candlelit Cathedral. 

All are welcome.

Friday 14 December - Southwark Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Accompanied by the Chameleon Arts Orchestra, the Cathedral's Boys and Lay Clerks Choir perform Handel's Messiah Part I followed by traditional Christmas Music and Carols.  

Tickets £14 - £16 via Eventbrite here or the Cathedral Shop.

Tuesday 18 December - Cathedral Sing-In

12.45pm - 1.45pm

Led by the Dean with our Thursday Singers choir, sing carols and traditional songs in celebration for the whole community.

Friday 21 and Sunday 23 December - The Cathedral Carol Services

6.00pm both evenings

Traditional Pattern of Lessons and Carols.  Come and take part in traditional preparation for the joys of Christmas.  Both of these services are very busy and we recommend you start queuing early for a seat.

Saturday 22 December - Candlelit Advent Vigil

1.00pm - 3.30pm

Advent is a time of watching and waiting in darkness for the coming of Christ, the true light.  We invite you to lay down your shopping bags and your anxieties for the coming festivities and spend some time in the quiet of the Cathedral with the silence punctuated by brief liturgy, music and reflections.  

All are welcome.

Monday 24 December - Christmas Eve

4.00pm - Building the Crib

The Christmas Story is told as children help to build the crib.  Carols and fun for the whole family.

11.30pm  - Midnight Mass

Christmas begins with the Midnight celebration of the Eucharist.  Doors open at 10.30pm.

Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day

There is no Christmas without Christ - so come to the Cathedral on Christmas Day

8.30am - Morning Prayer

9.00am - Eucharist with Carols

11.00am - Choral Eucharist

Sunday 6 January - The Feast of Epiphany

The celebration of the arrival of the Magi to visit the infant Jesus.

9.00am - Eucharist

11.00am - Choral Eucharist with the Presentation of Gifts

3.00pm - Choral Evensong on the Eve of the Baptism of Christ


The Cathedral hosts a number of other Christmas events which are open to the public.  Please visit our What's On page for further details here

Due to the Cathedral being very busy hosting a numberof  carol services and concerts throughout Advent, we recommend you check here for visiting times as restrictions may be implemented on some days.