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Advent & Christmas at the Cathedral

Join us this Advent & Christmas at Newcastle Cathedral for a range of special services, music performances and family-friendly events.

For regular service times, click to visit our ‘Worship’ section.

Unless stated, events and services are FREE to attend; however, donations are welcome. Pre-booking is advised for all bookable events, and transaction fees may apply for some guest concerts.


All our visitors are required by law to wear a face-covering unless exempt. We have measures in place to keep our venue as COVID-safe as possible. You don’t need to show an NHS COVID Pass to visit us, but we ask that you please stay at home if you have symptoms. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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Special services & events

Advent Procession of LightSunday 28 November 4pm A reflective service of candlelit readings and Advent carols. As our Choir processes from darkness to light, let powerful and beautiful music take you on a spiritual journey, exploring creation, care for creation, and God’s call to become a new creation in Christ.
FREE. No booking required.
Northumbria University Carol Service Wednesday 8 December 6pmThis annual event will include performances from the University and Cathedral Choirs, followed by a light festive drinks reception.
FREE but booking required. Click here to register.

Patronal Festival

Saturday 11 December 11am

We will be joined by The Most Revd the Lord Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, for this service of Holy Communion. Join with us to celebrate the Cathedral’s Patron Saint, St Nicholas, with music from the Cathedral Choir.

FREE. No booking required.

Walking Nativity

Friday 17 December 5pm. Sets off from Newcastle Central Station

Join us for a procession to the Cathedral, following Mary and Joseph on their journey. The Rock Choir will entertain, and hot chocolate will be available. Bring a lantern if you can!

FREE. No booking required.

Christmas Extravaganza

Saturday 18 December 7:30pm

A spectacular gala concert of traditional Christmas favourites from both the Cathedral Choir and guest instrumentalists. Plus, an opportunity for the audience to sing along. An unforgettable evening designed to get you in the festive mood!

Tickets: £15 – click to book.

Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 22 December 7pm

For all those who have previously enjoyed Carols at the Castle, join the Cathedral Choir for an exclusive and intimate evening of music in the Cathedral. 

Tickets: £20 – click to book.

Christmas Eve – Friday 24 December

Crib Service11am Relive the story of the first Christmas. Meet the shepherds, wise men and horrible King Herod. Join us for a fun and interactive act of worship and discover the greatest Christmas present ever.
FREE. No booking required.
Nine Lessons and Carols 6pmA service of uplifting readings from Holy Scripture, and exquisite sacred music sung by the Cathedral Choir.
FREE. No booking required. Also, livestreamed via YouTube. (See below.)
Candlelit Midnight Mass11:30pmA beautiful, atmospheric service with traditional carols, led by the Very Revd Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle.
FREE. No booking required. Also, livestreamed via YouTube. (See below.)
Friday 24 December 6pm
Friday 24 December 11:30pm

Christmas Day – Saturday 25 December

On Christmas Day, we will be following the Sunday pattern of services:

  • 8am – BCP Eucharist
  • 8:30am – Morning Prayer
Festal Eucharist for Christmas Day10amA joyful family-friendly service for Christmas morning with stunning choral music and a festive sermon from the Bishop of Berwick.
FREE. No booking required.
Also, livestreamed via YouTube. (See below.)
Saturday 25 December 10am
Sunday 26 December 10am

Please note that the Cathedral will close for Christmas Day after the 10am service. We will only be open until 1pm on Monday 27 December – Saturday 1 January.

‘At the heart of Christmas’ is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021. Click here to find out more.

Guest concerts

Rutter Gloria

A festive evening of music on Friday 3 December performed by members of Northumbria University, Newcastle Cathedral and Js and Bs singers. Tickets £10/£6 – available via Eventbrite.

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Viennese Christmas by Candlelight

Thursday 9 December 7:30pm

Join London Concertante for a fabulous night’s worth of music including Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz and Nutcracker Suite.

Tickets from £24 via

Newcastle Crisis Carol Service

Wednesday 15 December 6:30pm

Uplifting festive music from the Rock Choir and classic carols, in support of charity Crisis’ commitment to ending homelessness.

Tickets: FREE but booking required – via

Mediaeval Baebes 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour

Thursday 16 December 7:30pm

The double Emmy nominated choir present a beguiling evening of carols, traditional folksongs, the theme to ITV’s ‘Victoria’ and renditions of ancient and romantic poetry drawn from their ten studio albums.

Tickets £25 / £10 via

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Wednesday 29 December 7:30pm

The talented musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta return to Newcastle Cathedral to perform Vivaldi’s timeless The Four Seasons and other classical favourites.

Tickets from £19 via