Advent and Christmas is a very special time of year at the Cathedral. Celebrate the birth of Jesus at Southwark. All are welcome to join us.

Friday 29 November - Sunday 1 December

The Friends' of Southwark Cathedral Christmas Market

A festive atmosphere and delightful range of stalls giving opportunity for all to find that special something at Christmas. 

Mince pies and mulled wine also available to buy.

Friday 12.00pm - 7.00pm

Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm

Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm

Sunday 1 December - Advent Sunday

The beginning of the new Church year and the preparations for Christmas.

11.00am - Choral Eucharist

3.00pm - Evening Prayer

6.00pm - Advent Procession - O come, O come Emmanuel

One of the most beautiful services of the year, the Gentlemen and Boys of the Cathedral Choir leads us in a service taking us from darkness to light in the candlelit Cathedral. 

All are welcome but arrive early to get a seat.

Saturday 7 December - The Merbecke Choir: Starry Heavens

7.30pm - 9.00pm

The Cathedral's Merbecke Choir with special guest, actor Timothy West present an evening of music and readings on the theme of Starry Heavens.  Tickets £10.00 - £15.00 available from Eventbrite here

Wednesday 18 December - Cathedral Sing-In

12.45pm - 1.45pm

Led by The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark with our Thursday Singers choir and accompanied by the Tudor Rose Brass Quintet, join us as we sing carols and traditional Christmas songs.  Come wearing Christmas hats and jumpers as we celebrate this special time of year as a community.

Friday 20 December - The Dean in the Demo Kitchen, Borough Market

1.00pm- 2.00pm

The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark is once again in Borough Market's Demo Kitchen as he cooks up a Christmas treat.  This really is not to be misssed!

Friday 20 December - The Southwark Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert

7.30pm - 9.00pm (includes interval with mince pies and mulled wine)

Come and hear the Boys’ Choir and Lay Clerks of Southwark Cathedral Choir performing your favourite Christmas carols to celebrate the festive season.

Tickets £14.00 - £16.00 available from Eventbrite here

Saturday 21 December - Candlelit Advent Vigil

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Advent is a time of watching and waiting in darkness for the coming of Christ, the true light.  We invite you to lay down your shopping bags and your anxieties for the coming festivities and spend some time in the quiet of the Cathedral with the silence punctuated by brief liturgy, music and reflections.  

All are welcome.

Sunday 22 and Monday 23 December - The Cathedral Carol Services

6.00pm both evenings

Traditional Pattern of Lessons and Carols.  Come and take part in traditional preparation for the joys of Christmas.  Both of these services are very busy and we recommend you start queuing early for a seat.  Doors open at 5pm.

Tuesday 24 December - Christmas Eve

4.00pm - Building the Crib

The Christmas Story is told as children help to build the crib.  Carols and fun for the whole family.

11.30pm  - Midnight Eucharist

Christmas begins with the Midnight celebration of the Eucharist.  Doors open at 10.30pm.

Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day

There is no Christmas without Christ - so come to the Cathedral on Christmas Day

8.30am - Morning Prayer

9.00am - Eucharist with Carols

11.00am - Choral Eucharist

*Please note that the Cathedral closes at 1.00pm on Christmas Day so there are no afternoon or evening services.

Sunday 5 January - The Feast of Epiphany

The celebration of the arrival of the Magi to visit the infant Jesus.

9.00am - Eucharist

11.00am - Choral Eucharist with the Presentation of Gifts

3.00pm - Choral Evensong on the Eve of the Baptism of Christ


The Cathedral hosts a number of other Christmas events and services which are open to the public.  Please visit our What's On page for further details here

Due to the Cathedral being very busy hosting a number of  carol services and concerts throughout Advent, we recommend you check here for visiting times as restrictions may be implemented on some days.