Comfort and Joy!

As we gather with friends and family at this special time of year, we look forward to coming together to celebrate the comfort and joy that God promises at Advent and Christmas.

Whether you’re joining us in-person at the Cathedral or connecting online from your home, we’re thrilled that you have chosen to celebrate with us!

From festive choral concerts to moments for quiet contemplation, the Cathedral offers a myriad of ways to enjoy the season — and we’re saving a seat just for you. Welcome to Christmas at the Cathedral!

In-Person Christmas Passes

Passes for our capacity-limit in-person services — Family Christmas Service, Gospel Christmas Service, Christmas Lessons & Carols, and Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist — are now available!

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Online Advent & Christmas Passport

We love our ever-growing online community! This year we’re offering the Online Advent & Christmas Passport option so you can easily join with us in the joy of the season from the comfort of home.

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Services & Concerts


Advent Lessons & Carols

Sun. Nov. 27 • 4 pm

As we prepare for the birth of Jesus at Christmas, join us for this popular seasonal service. Readings from Holy Scripture, hymns, and seasonal choral music proclaim the coming of the Promised One.

➔ In-person: passes not required
➔ Online: live webcast at 4 pm

Handel's "Messiah"

Fri. Dec. 2 • 7 pm
Sat. Dec. 3 • 12 pm & 4 pm
Sun. Dec. 4 • 4 pm 

A Christmas season tradition: the Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a venue unlike any other to experience Handel’s iconic work. Shortened “Family Edition” available on Saturday at noon. Live webcast available for Sunday’s performance.

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➔ Online: Register for live webcast

Joy of Christmas

Sat. Dec. 10 • 2 pm & 6 pm
Sun. Dec. 11 • 4 pm

Trumpets, drums, and voices herald the coming of the Christmas season. As the cold of winter sets in, music of the holidays past and present will warm your spirit. CCS’s annual Joy of Christmas is a Washington tradition that all should experience.

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➔ Online: Register for live webcast

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Blue Christmas

Tues. Dec. 13 • 7 pm

At a time when so many continue to experience grief, loss, and hardship, this service of prayer, music, and reflection invites us into hope and healing. Priest Associate Patrick Keyser delivers the homily.

➔ In-person: passes not required
➔ Online: live webcast at 7 pm

Family Christmas Service

Fri. Dec. 23 • 11 am

Heaven and nature sing! A menagerie of live animals helps bring the Nativity to life in this joyful service of carols and prayers. Gather loved ones of all ages to welcome the Holy Family in the festively decorated Cathedral nave.

➔ In-person: Passes Required – get passes
➔ Online: live webcast

Christmas Lessons & Carols

Thurs. Dec. 22 • 6 pm
Sat. Dec. 24 • 6 pm

Readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, and instrumental music carry us from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem, telling the ancient story of God’s continued love as made known in Christ. Canon Vicar Dana Colley Corsello (Dec. 22) and The Very Rev. Randy Hollerith (Dec. 24) deliver the homilies. Passes required.

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➔ Online: Dec. 22 webcastDec. 24 webcast

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Gospel Christmas: The Light Has Come

Fri. Dec. 23 • 6 pm

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Hear the good news as it comes to life in our annual service of gospel Christmas music, poetry, and readings from Holy Scripture. Canon Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas delivers the homily.

➔ In-person: Passes Required – get passes
➔ Online: live webcast at 6 pm

Christmas Eve Eucharist

Sat. Dec. 24 • 10 pm

In one of the most beautiful services of the year, we herald the Light made known to us on this holy night. We celebrate Christ’s birth with readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, seasonal choral and instrumental music, and preaching by Cathedral Dean Randolph Marshall Hollerith. The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, presides. This service includes Holy Communion. Incense will be used.

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➔ Online: live webcast at 10 pm

Christmas Day Holy Eucharist

Sun. Dec. 25 • 11:15 am

On this day earth shall ring! In this festive morning service, we mark the birth of Christ with readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, seasonal choral and instrumental music, and preaching by Provost Jan Naylor Cope. Dean Randolph Marshall Hollerith presides. Incense will be used. This service includes Holy Communion.

➔ In-person: passes not required
➔ Online: live webcast at 11 am

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Christmas Day Organ Recital

Sun. Dec. 25 • 1:30 pm

Cathedral organists Thomas Sheehan and Rebecca Ehren present a program of festive Christmas music on the Cathedral’s Great Organ.

➔ In-person: passes not required
➔ Online: watch live webcast

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Honor a Loved One this Christmas

The beauty of a Cathedral Christmas is made possible by people just like you! If you’d like to contribute to the offering of greens and flowers to honor a loved one, we appreciate your generosity as we aim to decorate the Cathedral to match the glory of the season.

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Cathedral Crèche Exhibit 2022

November 21, 2022–January 7, 2023. Explore the Christmas story as seen from around the globe. Nearly 100 nativity sets highlighting different artistic styles, materials and techniques are featured in this Cathedral holiday favorite. Free with sightseeing admission.

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