Join us for one of our special services this Advent.

Sunday 27 November

Advent Procession


This beautiful candlelit service combining readings and music marks the beginning of the season of Advent. The beautiful voices of the Cathedral Choir move around the Cathedral as we are taken from darkness to light. 

No tickets required.

Thursday 1 December

Mercy Ships Carol Service


Join Mercy Ships for their annual Christmas Carol service featuring the Girls and Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir. Join us as we sing, reflect, celebrate, and share stories of the work of Mercy Ships' life-changing hospital ships.

Register for your free ticket on the Mercy Ships website. 

Saturday 10 December

Crisis Carol Service


The annual Crisis at Christmas Carol Service is an opportunity to stand with those facing homelessness this Christmas.

Register for your free ticket on the Crisis website

Sunday 11 December

Sankta Lucia Service


In the darkest time of the year, Lucia brings us a message of light and hope. The annual Swedish Carol Service with singers from the Ulrika Eleonora Church Choir bringing traditional Lucia and Christmas carols into the candlelit Cathedral.

Tickets from £25 available from Eventbrite.

Wednesday 14 December

The Mayor of London's Carol Service


The Mayor of London hosts his annual Carol Service, led by the Dean of Southwark. The service will also feature a message to all Londoners from Sadiq Khan.

Register for your free ticket via the Mayor of London's website.

Sunday 18 and Tuesday 20 December

Southwark Cathedral Carol Services 


Experience the magic of the Cathedral at Christmas with a traditional service of lessons and carols sung by the Cathedral Great Choir.

Tickets for both Sunday and Tuesday are available from the Cathedral's Eventbrite page.

The Sunday Carol Service will also be live streamed.

Wednesday 21 December

Cathedral Sing-In


Led by the Dean, the Cathedral Sing-In is one of the highlights of our Christmas programme. Join us for some lunchtime festivity as the local community comes together to belt out their favourite Christmas carols. The Dean will also treat everyone to some of his favourite cracker jokes. 

Christmas jumpers and festive headwear encouraged!

Register in advance on the Cathedral's Eventbrite page. 

Christmas Eve 

Crib Service


Journey to Bethlehem at this popular, family friendly service. Enjoy a retelling of the Christmas story as children help to build the Crib while enjoying traditional Christmas Carols.

No tickets required.

The First Eucharist of Christmas


The services sees the season of Advent give way to Christmas as the Eucharist is celebrated in the atmospheric surrounds of the Cathedral. 

No tickets required.

Christmas Day

Morning Prayer 


As there is no Chistmas without Christ join us for Morning Prayer on Christmas Day. 

If you can't join us at the Cathedral then you will be able to view this service on the Cathedral website page here, Facebook page here and YouTube page here

No tickets required.



For those who like a quieter celebration of Christmas this service will not disappoint.  Join us as we journey to Bethlehem to greet the Christ-child.

No tickets required.

Choral Eucharist


Whilst the turkey is roasting join us for the true highlight of Christmas Day as we celebrate the greatest gift to humankind, Jesus Christ, who we meet in word and music and sacrament.

If you can't join us at the Cathedral then you will be able to view this service on the Cathedral website page here, Facebook page here and YouTube page here

Please note that the Cathedral will close after this service and re-open on Boxing Day.

No tickets required.