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Experience Advent and Christmas through words, silence, and music at one of the most stunning London landmarks.

St Paul’s Cathedral welcomes everyone to enjoy a near-daily array of Christmas services and family carols this season. Get yourself into the festive mood with concerts or carols at Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece. See some of the highlights below, book your tickets for concerts, and check details for services. All Advent and Christmas services are free but some are ticketed due to popular demand.

Family Carols

16 December / 11am

Family Carols is back for the first time since 2019. A morning carol service for all the family and suitable for all ages, featuring well-known carols for everyone to join in. They are free and non-ticketed.

Sankta Lucia Carol Concert

8 December / 7:00-8:30pm

The famous Swedish Christmas service, complete with a candlelit procession of St Lucy, and wonderful music from the Cathedral Choir and the Choir of the Swedish Church in London.

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Christmas Carol Service

23-24 December / 4-5pm

The start of the Christmas season with the re-telling of the story of the birth of Christ in words and music at this traditional service of Lessons and Carols, with music from the St Paul's Cathedral Choir and readings given by representatives of London life and the St Paul's Cathedral Community.

Due to unprecedented demand last year, the 4pm Carol Services on the 23 and 24 December are free but ticketed. Tickets will be released in the next few weeks, keep an eye on St Paul's Cathedral website so you don't miss out.

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Handel's Messiah

6 December / 6:30-9pm

The Cathedral Choir and Chorus perform Handel's glorious and world-famous oratorio with the City of London Sinfonia. A wonderful re-telling of the life of Christ in the run up to Christmas. Sung in English, Handel composed Messiah in 1741 with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens. It was first performed in April 1741 in Dublin followed by its London premiere nearly a year later and has become one of the best-known choral works in Western music.

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Christmas Market near St Paul's Cathedral

27 November - 24 December / 11am-7pm

Step into festive magic at the brand-new Christmas market nestled next to St. Paul’s Cathedral. You will be welcomed with an array of decorated cabins inviting you into a world of seasonal delights, with a picture-perfect postcard backdrop.

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