Thursday 2 December

Mercy Ships - Christmas Carol Service

7.30pm (in-person only)

Bring your family and friends for Mercy Ships only in-person carol service this year for a festive celebration.

Join us to sing beautiful carols, listen to choral performances, enjoy the traditional Gospel readings that announce the birth of Jesus, and hear crew members share inspiring and moving stories of lives transformed through Mercy Ships. 

It promises to be a wonderful celebration and a chance to meet with friends, having not had an opportunity to hold an in-person service in 2020.

Email to let us know you are hoping to attend and the number of guests you will be bringing with you to or by calling 01438 727800.

The carol service itself will not be ticketed, and so you can just arrive on the day.


Saturday 4 December

Angels: The Merbecke Choir Advent Concert

7.30pm (in-person only)

Join the Cathedral Merbecke Choir for an exploration of angels and the role they played in the birth of Christ.

Angels are everywhere. The angel Gabriel tells Mary she is going to have a baby. Angels light up the sky above Bethlehem singing Glory to the newborn king. The archangel Michael slays the dragon. Cherubim and Seraphim form heavenly choirs. And Gabriel will sound his trumpet at the last. No wonder some of the greatest music has been written in celebration of these mysterious, powerful, wonderful creatures.

This concert is all about angels. In their 400th and 500th anniversary years we sing great works of celebration of angels by Praetorius and Josquin. From Gabrieli’s listing of the orders of Angels through to Mizkinis 21st century “Angelis suis Deus” (God shall give his angels charge over thee), by bringing these and other angelic works to life, we hope to conjure up some of the light and beauty of the choirs of angels.

Tickets: FREE - £15.00 which can be booked via our Eventbrite page


Saturday 11 December

CRISIS Carol Service

6.30pm (in-person only)

We are delighted to be able to return to an in-person service in the Cathedral this year.

We will be joined by the talented Merbecke Choir and our very own Crisis Choir and look forward to welcoming Crisis friends and supporters.

The service will be an opportunity to come together for carols, readings and music. We will look back at some of Crisis’ successes over the last year and look forward with hope to a future without homelessness.

The service starts at 6.30pm and whilst this is a free, public event, we do have a limited number of places, so please reserve your tickets today here


Monday 13 December

Mayor of London Christmas Carol Service

7.00pm (online only)

The Service will be led by the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark. The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, will offer his Christmas message to Londoners. A choir will perform traditional carols at the service and individuals from various communities in London have been invited to deliver readings at this years’ service which focuses on the theme of climate change.

You can join us by watching the service live streamed here


Wednesday 15 December

Alzheimer's Society - Carols at Christmas

7.45pm (in-person and online)

Not only are we back in person once again to celebrate Christmas at the beautiful Southwark Cathedral, but, if you can’t make it, the event will be streamed online so you can get cosy and enjoy the festivities from the warmth of your own home.

So, bring your family and friends and join us at Southwark Cathedral, or from the comfort of your sofa, for an uplifting and festive evening of music and celebration.

We will bring you the sound of a joyful gospel choir, your favourite carols and readings and musical performances from very special guests. Join us to bring in the Christmas season with a bang while raising money for anyone affected by dementia.

This year we are so pleased to announce columnist, author, broadcaster and restaurant critic, Grace Dent as our host for the evening. Not only that, but we are also excited to confirm Britain’s Got Talent Semi-finalists, Shalom Chorale, as our choir - bringing their soulful gospel vibes to the festivities. To top it all off there will be a one-off performance from Classical Reflection, identical twin sopranos and Classical Brit Award nominees. 

There’ll be something for everyone to enjoy – from carol classics to modern favourites. You can sing along with our choir, dance with friends and family and enjoy being with one another for Christmas after a difficult period for us all. 

For full details please visit the link here


Friday 17 December

Christmas Concert: A Ceremony of Carols with the Southwark Cathedral Choir

7.30pm (in-person only)

Southwark Cathedral invite you join us in the candlelit Cathedral for an evening of traditional Christmas carols performed by the Boys and Gentlemen of the Cathedral choir as well as Benjamin Britten's masterpiece A Ceremony of Carols.

This concert is one of the highlights of the festive season as we look forward to Christmas.

Conductor: Ian Keatley, Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral

Organist: James Gough, Assistant Organist at Southwark Cathedral

This concert will last for 1.5 hours and will include an interval where we hope mulled wine and mince pies will be served by parents of the choristers (Covid dependent).

Britten's A Ceremony of Carols is one of the most popular choral pieces for Christmas time. This collection of 13 Christmas Carols was originally composed for treble voices in three parts. This concert will feature the very popular version in four parts for SATB (an initialism for soprano, alto, tenor and bass)arranged by Britten in 1943.

Doors open at 7.00pm

Tickets: £12.50 - £15.00 which can be booked via our Eventbrite page


Wednesday 22 December

Southwark Cathedral Community Christmas Sing-In

12.45pm (in-person only)

O Come All Ye Faithful!

Led by the The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark and quite possibly Hodge the Cathedral cat we invite all to join us to sing carols and traditional Christmas songs, share some bad jokes and celebrate being merry together.

This carol service is suitable for all and one of the highlights of our festive programme as we celebrate the coming birth of Jesus Christ.

Christmas hats and jumpers encouraged!

This a a very popular event and we recommend you arrive early to ensure you get a seat.

Booking in advance is essential and spaces are limited.

Tickets: FREE but to ensure a seat please book in advance on Eventbrite


For your safety and security, bag searches will be in operation, so please bear with us if you have to queue a little longer.

Please avoid bringing large bags into the Cathedral.


(C) Rosie Brooks