Advent and Christmas

Advent marks the beginning of the Church's year, and is a season of reflection, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas.

To mark the start of the season, a special service of readings and carols, moving from darkness to light - the Advent Procession - will be held at 6.00pm on Saturday 1st December.  

Throughout Advent, the Cathedral will be host to a number of Carol Services for local schools, colleges and other organisations. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a spectacular laser Star of Bethlehem  suspended in the Cathedral Nave and from mid-December a set of beautifully restored nativity figures will be on display.

The Cathedral Carol Services

Please note that in a change to previous years, the Chichester Cathedral Carol Services will not be ticketed. 

The Cathedral's Carol Services are free to attend, and will take place on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st December at 6pm, and Saturday 22nd December 2018 at 3pm.

This year, seats in the nave will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. (This change was introduced because in recent years a sizeable number of people reserved tickets, which they subsequently did not use, resulting in people being unnecessarily disappointed). The Cathedral will open its doors an hour before each service.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Our Crib Services for young families are on Christmas Eve at either 2.30pm or 4pm. Children are encouraged to dress up as either shepherds, kings or angels to take part in the service. A special service of Evensong for Christmas Eve will then be held at 5.30pm, with the Midnight Eucharist taking place at 11pm.

On Christmas Day, a said service of Holy Communion will take place at 8am, followed by Choral Mattins at 10am and the Sung Eucharist for Christmas Day at 11am. The Cathedral will close to the public following this service until said Evening Prayer at 5.30pm

There are a large number of other services, concerts and events taking place throughout December.  Details of all of these can be found in Services and Events.