Oh come, let us adore him! Join us throughout the season for an array of special services, concerts and events.

November 27

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Sunday, Nov. 27 | 4 pm

As we begin our spiritual preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas, join us for this traditional service sung by the Cathedral Choirs. Readings from Holy Scripture, seasonal hymns, and choral anthems proclaim God’s love, continued presence, and the promised coming of the Messiah.

 

december 2–4 

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G. F. Handel’s Messiah

Fri., Dec. 2 | 7:30 pm
Sat., Dec. 3  and  Sun., Dec. 4 |
4 pm

Experience Handel’s Messiah in the unique setting of Washington National Cathedral. This unveiling of the story of Christianity is portrayed by Handel in the most sublime yet dramatic way. Through the use of a period orchestra and performed with stylistic authenticity, the Cathedral Choir and resident Baroque orchestra is joined by a world class team of soloists.

Admission: $25 – $95; Student tickets: $10
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december 17

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Bethlehem Simulcast Service

Saturday, Dec. 17 | 10 am 

Come together in solidarity with congregations of Washington National Cathedral and the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, for the tenth annual live simulcast worship service (10 am in Washington, 5 pm in Bethlehem).

Prayers, readings, and hymns in both Arabic and English alternate between Washington, DC and Bethlehem via live simulcast, bringing together those of different lands, languages, and ethnic backgrounds in celebration of the birth of Jesus. Open to the public and to people of all faiths.


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Annual Christmas Pageant

Saturday, Dec. 17 | 2 pm

Oh, come let us adore him! All are welcome at this beloved family-friendly tradition, as Cathedral clergy, an abundance of angels, shepherds, Bethlehem townspeople, and a menagerie of animals present a delightful retelling of the Nativity. Open to the public. All children are invited to participate.

 

 

december 18

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The King’s Singers

Sunday, Dec. 18 | 5 pm

Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work, synonymous with the very best in vocal ensemble performance, appeals to a vast international audience. Performing to hundreds of thousands of people each season, the group tours regularly to Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia.

Admission: $25 – $95, Student tickets $10
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december 23

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Christmas Lessons & Carols

Friday, Dec. 23 | 6 pm

Passes Required (AT CAPACITY: RESERVATIONS CLOSED)

Like the angels who heralded glad tidings to the shepherds, we proclaim Christmas in word and song. Through a series of readings from Holy Scripture, congregational hymns, choral anthems, and instrumental music, we move from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem, telling again the ancient story of God’s continued love as shown in Christ.

december 24

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Christmas Lessons & Carols

Saturday, Dec. 24 | 6 pm

Passes Required (AT CAPACITY: RESERVATIONS CLOSED)

Like the angels who heralded glad tidings to the shepherds, we proclaim Christmas in word and song. Through a series of readings from Holy Scripture, congregational hymns, choral anthems, and instrumental music, we move from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem, telling again the ancient story of God’s continued love as shown in Christ.


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Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Saturday, Dec. 24 | 10 pm

Passes Required (AT CAPACITY: RESERVATIONS CLOSED)

Join us for one of the most beautiful services of the year, the Holy Eucharist of Christmas Eve. Readings from Holy Scripture, favorite congregational hymns, and seasonal choral and instrumental music all herald the birth of Jesus. This service includes Holy Communion.

december 25

xmaspage16_service4Christmas Day Holy Eucharist

Sunday, Dec. 25 | 11:15 am

Passes NOT required. Christians, awake! Salute the happy morn and join us for the Holy Eucharist of Christmas Day. Readings from Holy Scripture, favorite congregational hymns, and seasonal choral and instrumental all ring out to proclaim the Divine Presence among us. This service includes Holy Communion.


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Sunday, Dec. 25 | 1:30 pm

Benjamin Straley, Washington National Cathedral organist, and George Fergus, AAM Gerre Hancock Fellow in Church Music, play a Christmas afternoon recital of traditional and familiar holiday favorites on the Cathedral’s great organ. $10 recommended donation.

Christmas Passes

Passes are required to attend the following services:

Christmas Lessons & Carols

Dec. 23, 6 pm (CLOSED)
Dec. 24, 6 pm  (CLOSED)

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Dec. 24, 10 pm (CLOSED)


ALL SERVICES ARE AT CAPACITY: Pass Reservations are closed. 

Advent Meditations

Members of the Cathedral Congregation, Cathedral clergy, and staff offer a meditation each day during Advent.

Read Meditations

Advent & Christmas Season Gallery

crèche exhibit

November 28–January 13
South Crypt Aisle
(Lower Level)

*Open during regular touring hours only


The Cathedral’s annual crèche exhibit features about 80 nativity scenes depicting the story of Jesus’ birth as interpreted by cultures and customs around the world, selected for display from the collection of over 800.

Donated by a former docent, the Cathedral’s collection includes miniatures, rare materials, and unusual depictions, as well as typical examples that might be found in one’s home.

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