Advent & Christmas Services

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Christmas at Westminster Abbey 2017

We look forward to welcoming you to our Advent and Christmas services this year.

You can attend most services by turning up on the day but the very popular services on 23rd December and 24th December do need free tickets to be booked in advance.

These tickets book up very quickly so they will be released gradually to give everyone a chance to apply. They will be released on Eventbrite on:

Tuesday 14th November at 9.30am GMT
Tuesday 14th November at 2.30pm GMT
Thursday 16th November at 9.30am GMT
Thursday 16th November at 2.30pm GMT

Most of our services are not ticketed so if you are not successful in securing tickets this year we hope that you will join us at another service – they are all very special occasions.

You can find a full list of our services below.

If you have any questions about our Advent & Christmas services, see our Christmas FAQ.


An Advent Liturgy by candlelight
First Sunday of Advent

Location

Westminster Abbey

Date and time

Sunday 3rd December, 4.00pm

 

A candlelit service with readings
and music sung by the Choir of
Westminster Abbey

 No tickets required

A Christmas Meditation
Third Sunday of Advent

Location

Westminster Abbey

Date and time

Sunday 17th December, 5.45pm

 

Readings and music for the
Christmas season featuring Benjamin
Britten's Ceremony of Carols.

 No tickets required

Crib Service
O Emmanuel

Westminster Abbey

Saturday 23rd December, Noon

 

The Christmas story for families:
all ages are welcome to the
blessing of the crib

 No tickets required

Service of Lessons and Carols
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Location

St Margaret's Church

Date and time

Sunday 17th December, 6.00pm

 

A traditional service of Lessons and
Carols with St Margaret's Church
Choir

 No tickets required

Service of Lessons and Carols
O Emmanuel

Westminster Abbey

Saturday 23rd December, 4.00pm

 

A traditional service of Lessons and 
Carols with the Choir of Westminster
Abbey

 All tickets have been allocated

Service of Lessons and Carols
Christmas Eve

Westminster Abbey

Sunday 24th December, 4.00pm

 

A traditional service of Lessons
and Carols with the Choir of
Westminster Abbey

 All tickets have been allocated

First Eucharist of Christmas
Christmas Eve

St Margaret's Church

Sunday 24th December, 6.00pm

 

The First Eucharist of Christmas sung
by the St Margaret's Church Choir
with congregational carols

 No tickets required

Christmas Midnight Mass
Christmas Eve

Westminster Abbey

Sunday 24th December, 11.30pm

 

Midnight Mass, with the Choir of
Westminster Abbey
.

 Book tickets

Holy Communion (BCP)
Christmas Day

Westminster Abbey

Monday 25th December, 8.00am

 

A Christmas morning service, using
the 1662 Book of Common Prayer,
in traditional language

 No tickets required

Sung Eucharist
Christmas Day

Westminster Abbey

Monday 25th December, 10.30am

 

The Great Service of Christmas Day
.
.

 No tickets required

Matins
Christmas Day

St Margaret's Church

Monday 25th December, 11.00am

 

Matins sung by the St Margaret's
Church Choir, with congregational
carols

 No tickets required

Evensong
Christmas Day

Westminster Abbey

Monday 25th December, 3.00pm

 

A service sung by the Choir of
Westminster Abbey with seasonal
music

 No tickets required

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