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The Christmas carol services you can enjoy this year in Liverpool

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The Christmas carol services you can enjoy this year in Liverpool

Everyone loves a carol at Christmas and Liverpool will celebrate with carols and services throughout the special season of Advent and on the day itself.

But it’s in the city’s two cathedrals and its parish church where many of us will get together.

Here are the services you can enjoy…

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral is celebrating the season with a host of festive services.

All the services are free, but you do need to book.

Lighting of the Tree and Blessing of the Crib Service

Sunday, December 13, 3-4pm

In a delightful service suitable for the whole family the tree is lit and the crib scene is brought to life and blessed for Christmas.

Get into the festive spirit as the Cathedral Choir sings well-known Christmas carols and hymns.

Don’t forget you can also see the breath-taking Angel Wings until 3 January.

Holly Bough Carol Service

Saturday and Sunday, December 19 & 20, 3-4pm

Gather for a festive service of readings and carols with the procession of the Holly Bough and Christmas trees through the cathedral.

You can also watch the service on the Cathedral’s YouTube Channel or on its Facebook page.

Carols for Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 24, 1pm-1.30pm and 3.30pm-4pm

Go along to this delightful festive family favourite, the ideal preparation in the lead up to Christmas Day. Enjoy seasonal carols performed by the Liverpool64 choir.

First Eucharist of Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 11.30pm

Welcome the first moments of Christmas Day in this atmospheric midnight service, with celebration of Holy Communion sung by the Great Choir.

Festival Eucharist for Christmas Day 

Friday, December 25, 10.30am-12noon

Join in the traditional Christmas morning service with carols sung by the Great Choir.

More info here.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool

The Cathedral Choir will take a leading role in services at the Cathedral, and this month is packed with opportunities to hear them sing.

With smaller numbers allowed, you’ll need to book for services – and it’s recommended you do that early. But, if you’re not able to visit in person, all services will be lived-streamed, so everyone can join in.

Carols at the Cathedral

December 19 & 20 Dec, 6pm

Its annual Christmas Carol Service returns for two very special dates this Advent. Enjoy classic carols, traditional readings and celebrate Christmas in the glorious surroundings of the Metropolitan Cathedral. The music will include popular favourites such as ‘Ding Dong, Merrily on High’ and ‘O Holy Night,’ alongside contemporary compositions such as Eric Whitacre’s ‘Lux arumque.’

Booking required.

First Vespers of Christmas and Blessing of the Crib

December 24, 3pm

Join in-person or online for an intimate and uplifting service, with music led by the Cathedral Choir.

No booking required.

Christmas Eve Vigil Mass

December 24, 6pm

Join the Cathedral Clergy and Youth Choir as we celebrate Christmas Eve with music and readings.

Booking required.

Midnight Mass

Christmas Eve, 11.30pm

The traditional Mass of the Night to welcome the Christ Child, led by the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP.

Booking required.

Christmas Day Mass

Christmas Day, 8am, 9am & 11am

A warm welcome awaits all visitors to celebrate the birth of Christ in words and music.

Booking required.

More info here.

Liverpool Parish Church: Our Lady & St Nicholas

Nine Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 20 and Tuesday, December 22, 6pm

Booking is needed for this service.

More info here.

Midnight mass

Thursday, December 24, 11pm

Christmas Day Service

Friday, December 25, 10am


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