Celebrate Christmas 2017 at Your Cathedral

Come and spend some time with us this Christmas at Gloucester Cathedral. Whatever your taste, we have something to suit everyone at this special time of year and things certainly look a little different for this Festive Season.

Christmas Services at Gloucester Cathedral 2017

You are warmly invited to experience the joy and beauty of Christmas services in the glorious surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral

Saturday 16 December
11.00am-4.00pm ‘
Carols on the Hour’ sung by Adult Choirs

Sunday17 December
Messiaen’s ‘La Nativité du Seigneur’ - Jonathan Hope

Saturday 23 December
Family Crib Service with Lighting of the Christmas Trees
6.00pm Christmas Carol Service

Christmas Eve
Eucharist with hymns
3.00pm Family Crib Service with Lighting of the Christmas Trees
6.00pm Christmas Carol Service
11.15pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day
Sung Eucharist

St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day)
Carols for All (GCS)

For regular daily services please see our Worship Page

Click here to download your guide to all our services and events this December

All are welcome to join us as we mark the beginning of the new Christian year with our annual Advent Carol Service by Candlelight, a dramatic and majestic service that, for many, is when the true countdown to Christmas begins. 



From Tuesday 28 November the beautiful 'Tea Angel', an exhibition by Suzanne Horne returns for a second year. The eight foot tall angel ismade from lovingly stitched teabags and was created as a response to the plight of Syrian refugees.



You will be seeing 'STARS' this Christmas and our younger visitors will be sure to have an exciting time with our Free children's trail - 'Cathedral Star Gazing'. Roaming around this spectacular building in search of angels is sure to dlight children of all ages.


This Christmas, Gloucester Cathedral will be inviting visitors to take part in its ‘Tree of Stars’ fundraising campaign.  From Sunday 3 December, wooden decorative stars will be available to purchase for £5, upon which a message or wish may be written before hanging the star on a dedicated tree within the Cathedral.

The stars will be available to take home in the new year as a special keepsake and all proceeds from the stars go towards maintaining the Cathedral for future generations. 

Of course it just wouldn't be December without our hugely popular 'Carols on the Hour and Christmas Market'. Join us on Saturday 9 December to hear the Choirs of the Cathedral singing bite sized bursts of Festive praise and enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping at our Christmas Market in the beautiful surrounding of the Cathedral Cloisters. Don't forget to visit The Monk's Kitchen and Chapter House for some tasty Christmas treats too or our new Gift Shop for some beautiful gifts, cards, candles and more...

Due to popular demand 'Carols on the Hour' is repeated on Saturday 16 December sung by Adult Choirs.

Throughout December you can choose from numerous carol services, concerts, children and family activities or simply come and spend some quiet, reflective time with us. Whatever it is you want to do, you are warmly welcome to do so in your Cathedral.

All at Gloucester Cathedral wish you a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year