Carols at Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral

  • Advent Procession and Carol Service: Sun 3 Dec, 6pm

A special candlelit service to mark the beginning of Advent.

  • Advent Sacred Space: Sunday 10 December, 6pm

A special Advent Sacred Space. Experience led meditation and reflection with live Taize chant in a candelit Cathedral. Arrive from 5.45pm for a 6pm start. The evening will last around an hour and mulled wine and mince pies will be served afterwards.

  • Carols by Candlelight : Fri 15 & Sat 16 Dec, 7pm

This ticketed concert includes carols sung by the Cathedral Choir, festive readings and a chance for everyone to join in with some seasonal favourites.

  • Family Carol Service: Sun 17 Dec, 3.30pm

A retelling of the nativity story especially for families. Children are encouraged to come dressed as wise men, angels, or shepherds. (Adults too, if you want!)  This is a service, and so is not ticketed.

  • Shoppers’ Carols: Tues 19 Dec. 5.15pm

Experience a moment of calm in amongst busy-ness of the season with a short carol service in the beautiful atmosphere of Bristol Cathedral. Admission is free and all are welcome

  • Toddler Carols: Wednesday 20 December, 10am

Too young for Nine Lessons and Carols? Come along to this informal carol service for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. The Cathedral will be decorated for Christmas and they will sing all the favourites as they move around the building, so no need to worry about noise or wrigglers!

  • Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols : Sat 23 Dec, 6pm and Christmas Eve, 3.30pm

One of the most loved traditional Christmas services. Due to the extremely popular nature of this service, please arrive with plenty of time, to ensure being able to be given a seat. Last year the Christmas Eve service was very busy: do consider attending the 6.00pm service on Saturday 23 to avoid disappointment. 

  • Eucharist of Christmas Night: Christmas Eve, 11pm

Welcome in the light of Christmas morning with this special midnight Eucharist.

  • Festival Eucharist: Christmas Day, 10am

Celebrate Christmas morning at the Cathedral. The Cathedral Choir will be accompanied by the organ, a string quartet and a trumpeter. All are welcome.

treefest at St Mary Redcliffe Church

St Mary Redcliffe

St Mary Redcliffe

  • Advent Procession by Candlelight: Sat 2, Sun 3 dec Dec 6:30 - 7:30pm

Starting by the light of one candle, the choir moves through the church singing sublime Advent Music, with readings and Advent hymns for the congregation. The end of the service sees all the candles lit in church.

  • Community Carol Service: Wed 6th Dec 17:00 - 7:30pm

Soak up the Christmas spirit by joining us for this festive singalong, reflecting the church’s role as a beacon for the local community.

  • treefest 2017 – Wednesday 6-Monday 11 December

treefest is a spectacular festive display of Christmas trees held in the Gothic splendour of St Mary Redcliffe Church.  Each year they invite local organisations to get involved by entering a Christmas tree and decorating it in a style of their choosing. This offers local charities, schools, businesses and other organisations a great opportunity to tell local people about their services, causes or activities, while helping to raise money for good causes. There’s also a varied musical programme and a chance for visitors to vote for their favourite tree.

  • Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by CandlelightSun 17 Dec 6:30 - 8:30pm, Fri 22 dec 7:30-9:30pm

A selection of well-known carols for the congregation, alongside bible readings and Choir Carols to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.

  • Carol Service with the Salvation Army Band & Songsters: Tue 19 Dec, 7:30pm - Fri 22 9:30pm

In this service there'll be traditional carols accompanied by the Easton Salvation Army Brass Band with festive carols from the church's choirs.

  • Carols for All at Lunchtime: Wed 20 Dec 1:15pm, Fri 22 2pm

There’s something for everyone here! Carols for all to sing, sacred and secular, with poems and readings, all led by the Redcliffe Chamber Choir.

  • Christingle: Sat 23rd Dec 4 - 5:30pm

Prepare for Christmas with this child-friendly service to hear the Christmas story and to welcome the Bethlehem Peace Light.

  • Family Carol Service: Sun 24th Dec 4 - 5:30pm

  • Choral Evensong: Sun 24th Dec 6:30 - 7:30pm

This a fully sung choral service, at which a sermon is given, using the liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer. The choir, accompanied by our famous Harrison & Harrison organ, sings an introit and an anthem as well as settings of Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. The service lasts about 60 minutes.

  • Midnight Mass: Sun 24th Dec 11:30pm - 12:30am

The First Eucharist of Christmas with festive singing from our choirs.

  • Christmas Day Holy Communion: Mon 25th Dec 8 - 9am

  • Christmas Day Eucharist & Nativity Play: Mon 25th Dec 10:30 - 12:00pm

John Wesley's Chapel, The New Room

  • Bristol Hippodrome Choir Christmas Carol Concert: 7 December 7pm

Join us for a festive evening of carols and glad tidings courtesy of Bristol Hippodrome Choir.

  • Holy Communion Service: 8, 22, 29 December 1pm


  • Carol Service and Communion: 15 December 1pm

Join us for our annual Christmas communion and carol service on Friday 15th December at 1pm.

  • Carols by Candlelight: 15th December 6pm

An evening service of carols and celebration in our historic candle-lit chapel

St John on the Wall

  • Colourful Christmas: December 2 - 11am-3pm

St James Priory

  • Carols by Candelight: December 13, 16 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Saint Stephens Church

  • Beer and Carols: Tue 5 Dec, 7:30pm

 An evening singing some toe tapping and festive Christmas songs (including beer, but no requirment to drink it! Water and soft drinks are available as well).

  • Joint Cristingle Service at Holy Trinity Hotwells: Sun 10 Dec 4pm

  • Joint Carol Service at Holy Trinity Hotwells Sun 10 Dec 5:30pm

  • Carol Service in partnership with Brandon Trust: Thu 14 December 6:30pm

Carol service including a short modern-day nativity production, with mulled wine and mince pies available from the cafe. 

  • Joint Nativity Service at Holy Trinity Hotwells: Sun 24 Dec 4pm

  • Joint midnight communion at Holy Trinity Hotwells: Sun 24 Dec 11:15pm

  • Christmas morning prayer: Mon 25 Dec 10 am

Wells Cathedral illuminated

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral

  • Candlelight Concerts: Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 December 7.00pm

Highly popular concerts when Wells Cathedral Choir performs seasonal music, interspersed with readings, in the Cathedral lit by thousands of candles. Very limited tickets now available.  Call Wells Cathedral’s Box Office on 01749 672773 for more information.

  • Wells Cathedral Carol Services: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December, 6.00pm

A traditional carol service led by the world-renowned Wells Cathedral choir, plus bible readings. This year Wells Cathedral will be hosting two carol services on Friday 22 December and also on Saturday 23 December. These traditional services take place on both nights from 6-7.30pm, are not ticketed and are always popular so please arrive in good time (to be seated by 5.40pm).

  • Wells Cathedral Family Crib Services: Sunday 24 December, 2.00pm and 3.15pm

A very warm welcome to Wells Cathedral’s two crib services, especially to children who are invited to dress as a shepherd, or an angel or a King! They'll have some dressing up clothes for children who will also be invited to take part in making a real nativity scene in the Cathedral. Each service will last approximately 30 minutes.

  • Eucharist of Christmas Night: Sunday 24 December 11.30pm

Midnight Mass with Vicars Choral and senior choristers.

  • Christmas Day services: Monday 25 December

8.00am: Holy Communion

9.30am: Christmas Morning Eucharist

11.30am: Christmas Morning Matins

3.00pm: Evening Prayer Said (in the Close Chapel)

  • Boxing Day services: Tuesday 26 December

10.00am: Morning Liturgy

3.00pm: Evening Prayer said


Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral

Gothic cathedral in the heart of medieval Wells. Magnificent 13th century West Front; impressive scissor arches; 14th century Vicars' Close. Free daily tours (not Sundays). Family trails, holiday workshops. Entry donations welcomed.

John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room'
John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room'

The oldest Methodist building in the world, constructed as a meeting room and accommodation after Wesley began to preach in 1739.

St James Priory
St James Priory

The oldest church in Bristol that's still in operation, founded between 1124 and 1137 by the Earl of Gloucester

St Mary Redcliffe Church
St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol

One of the most beautiful churches in all England and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the country