With the festive season now in full swing Winchester Cathedral have announced its Advent and Christmas events for December.


Saturday November 30, 6.30pm

Advent Procession

A service of seasonal readings and music by candlelight, moving from darkness to light.

Sunday December 1

Advent Sunday

7.35am Morning Prayer

8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Sung Eucharist

3.30pm Choral Evensong

Sunday December 8 and 15, 3.30pm

Family Carol Services

Family-friendly afternoon carol services. Visitors to the Cathedral’s Christmas Market and Ice Rink are especially welcome. Congregational carols led by the Cathedral Choir. All welcome.

Sunday December 8, 3.30pm

Undercroft/Wessex Learning Centre

Christingle Service for Children’s Church

The Cathedral invites children from years 1–7, accompanied by carer/family, to an Advent children’s service to celebrate the hope in the coming of Jesus Christ. For further information contact childrenschurch@winchestercathedral.org.uk

Tuesday December 17, Wednesday 18 and Friday 20, 6.30pm

Cathedral Carol Services

Wonderful services filled with beautiful music sung by the Cathedral Choir. The first service is ticketed, with priority booking for the Cathedral Community. The second and third services are not ticketed and all are welcome.

Tuesday December 24

Christmas Eve Services

11.00am and 3.00pm: Dress Up Nativity Services

5.30pm Carols with Blessing of the Crib

11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

Wednesday December 25

Christmas Day Services

8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Festal Mattins

11.15am Festal Sung Eucharist

3.30pm Evensong with Procession to the Christmas Tree


Thursday November 21 – Sunday December 22


Sunday – Wednesday 10.00am – 6.30pm

Thursday – Saturday 10.00am – 8.00pm

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe. Explore over 100 chalets filled with high quality exhibitors, hand-picked for their unique and exclusive products, and indulge in delicious food and drink. There’s a strong focus on British crafts, independent retailers and artisan festive foods. Admission is free.

Thursday November 21 – Sunday January 5 2020


Hour-long sessions from 10am daily (closed

Christmas Day) last session starts at 8pm.

Enjoy skating on the famous Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink, spectacularly situated in the shadow of Winchester Cathedral and surrounded by the bustling Christmas Market. The clear roof guarantees a rain-free skate whatever the weather and fun skate aids make it an ideal rink for adults and children alike. Skate around a huge Christmas Tree in the centre of the Ice Rink and then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in the Ice Rink Café.

Ice Rink Box Office


01962 857 276

A ticket office is available next to the rink from 21 November

Thursday November 22 – Thursday December 19

Christmas and Twilight Tower Tours

Various dates and times

Experience the best views of Winchester and the Christmas Market and Ice Rink.

Tickets £10 from the Cathedral Box Office – see above .

Saturday December 7, 7.30pm

Waynflete Singers: Elgar’s The Kingdom

A magnificent work with Elgar’s typically beautiful and expansive orchestration and lyrical choral lines.

Tickets: £12.50 – £39.50.

Friday December 13, 7.00pm

Cathedral Christmas Concert

An evening of music, laughter and delight, featuring Winchester Cathedral Choir and award-winning comedian Hugh Dennis, star of BBC One’s Outnumbered, Radio 4’s The Now Show and BBC Two’s Mock the Week.

Tickets: £20–£40.

Saturday December 14, 1.00pm

The Snowman

3.00pm and 7.15pm

Experience the magic of The Snowman in a whole new way this Christmas. Watch this enchanting Christmas film on the big screen in the Cathedral Nave with music provided by a live orchestra.

Presented by Carrot Productions.

Tickets from £16.

Friday December 20, 11.30am

Christmas Storytelling for Pre-Schoolers

Join us in the Cathedral to make Christmas angels and help to tell the story of the Grumpy Innkeeper with actions. No booking required - Cathedral entrance charges apply.

Saturday December 21, 1.00pm

Chamber Choir Concert

An hour of varied music chosen to soothe and inspire, performed by the Cathedral Chamber Choir. All are welcome to this free event – a retiring collection will be taken.

Sunday December 22, 3.30pm

Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols

Sung by the Choristers of Winchester Cathedral.

All are welcome to this free event – a retiring collection will be taken.

All services are free of charge. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office at www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk; 01962 857275 unless specified otherwise.