Experience the joy and reflection that only music can bring at Christmastime with our schedule of traditional, classic and contemporary concerts. Our music team invites you to celebrate Christmas with the classics you look forward to every year and maybe expand your traditions to something new. This season’s lineup features world-renowned musicians, international visiting artists, choristers, bells, and, of course, a Hallelujah chorus waiting for you.

Handel's Messiah

Saturday, Dec. 4 • 4 pm eastern (in-person)
Sunday, Dec. 5 • 4 pm eastern (in-person and online)

Join us for Handel’s beloved Messiah in the glorious surroundings of Washington National Cathedral. The soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a space unlike any other in Washington to experience this masterpiece and Christmas classic.

Sunday’s performance is available via live webcast, and archived until December 12. 

Messiah: Family Concert

Saturday, Dec. 4 • 12 pm eastern

Experience the best of Handel’s Messiah with the whole family! This abbreviated performance of Messiah highlights, including the beloved Hallelujah chorus, is perfect for busy families with young children.

Cathedral Choral Society's
Joy of Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 11 • 2 pm and 6 pm (in-person)
Sunday, Dec. 12 • 4 pm (in-person and online)

Washington, D.C.’s holiday tradition since 1976 is back. Seraph Brass and organist Tom Sheehan join Maestro Steven Fox and the Cathedral Choral Society for an unforgettable return to choral music. Enjoy traditional favorites along with a newly-commissioned carol by composer Jonathan Woody.

Sunday’s performance is available via live webcast, and archived until December 26. Register to watch online. 

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Christmas with the King's Singers

Friday, Dec. 17 • 7:30 pm (in-person and online)

Celebrate the magic of the Christmas season with one of Britain’s most beloved vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers, in their only DC-area appearance. With Christmas favorites, lesser-known gems and some brand new surprises, there’s no better way to embrace the warmth of the season than with these talented singers.

This performance is available via live webcast, and archived until December 25. Registration link available soon. Register to watch online.

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Christmas Day Organ Recital

Saturday, Dec. 25 • 1:30 pm eastern

Cathedral organists Thomas Sheehan and George Fergus present a program of festive Christmas music on the Cathedral’s Great Organ. Make a cup of cocoa, wear your holiday-appropriate ugly sweaters and socks, and celebrate Christmas with us!

The Christmas Day organ recital will be online only.

Registration required for online access.

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Christmas Day Organ Recital

Don’t miss your chance to join Tom Sheehan, Organist & Associate Director of Music and George Fergus, Associate Director of Music & Chorister Program Director, for a fun and celebratory musical performance on Christmas day!

Rumor has it, they might even amp up the festivities with Christmas sweaters and socks…

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