Christmas at Gloucester Cathedral

SEE THE SOGLOS VIDEO – It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Gloucester Cathedral, with online Christmas carols, festive readings, a Christmas trail and the return of the life-sized Knitivity!

Enjoy Christmas carols, the chance to meet Santa and festive celebrations at Gloucester Cathedral in 2020.
Enjoy Christmas carols, the chance to meet Santa and festive celebrations at Gloucester Cathedral in 2020.

Christmas might be a bit different in 2020, but Gloucester Cathedral’s dedicated team are determined to make it every bit as special through its ‘From Your Cathedral To You’ campaign.

Enjoy streamed Christmas carol services and choral concerts, a family-friendly Christmas trail and the return of the Knitivity at Gloucester’s iconic landmark, this festive season.

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Gloucester Cathedral throughout the Christmas season

Gloucester Cathedral is open every day in December 2020, inviting visitors to enjoy a heart-warming Christmas experience. Each visiting group will be given an illustrated Christmas card, which includes a prayer and information about this year’s online services, as well as a tealight candle to light from home when joining one of the carol services.

Carols will be played or sung in the cathedral during opening hours, while visitors will also enjoy the chance to follow the Christmas Family Trail, running until Wednesday 7 January 2021, learn about the Christmas story and meet the characters by finding the miniature displays.

The live-sized Knitivity, meanwhile, is a particular highlight for 2020, situated in the north transept and featuring all of the popular characters in knitted form – as well as some special guests.

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Gloucester Cathedral’s Digital Advent Calendar

Until Thursday 24 December 2020, enjoy Gloucester Cathedral’s new Digital Advent Calendar, which each day will include a short video from the choir, clergy, community partners and local charities – each giving an insight into some of the people who make Gloucester Cathedral the beacon of hope that it is.

See Gloucester Cathedral’s Digital Advent Calendar.

Christmas Celebration Service

No matter how bad your pitch is, you can join in carol singing with gusto during Gloucester Cathedral’s online-only celebration service, from the comfort of your home!

Streamed on Sunday 20 December 2020, Gloucester Cathedral’s pre-recorded carol service is especially designed to get families in the festive spirit.

See Online Christmas celebration service at Gloucester Cathedral.

Online Carols, Anthems and Readings from Gloucester Cathedral

Being streamed on Wednesday 23 December 2020, the pre-recorded service is expected to include some poignant festive readings and a traditional selection of Christmas carols, filmed in the glorious Gloucester Cathedral. You can also download an order of service to follow along with.

See Online Carols Anthems and Readings from Gloucester Cathedral.

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Christmas at Gloucester Cathedral 2020


Tuesday 1 December 2020 to Thursday 7 January 2021


Times vary each day and for specific events. See Gloucester Cathedral's website for full details.


Free of charge, with donations welcomed.


(01452) 528095

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