Welcome home! We’re thrilled to have you back through the doors of the Cathedral this year for concerts and worship with our community.

In-Person Concerts


Handel's Messiah

Saturday, Dec. 4 • 7 pm eastern
Sunday, Dec. 5 • 4 pm eastern

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.

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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.

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Cathedral Choral Society's
Joy of Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 11 • 2 pm and 6 pm
Sunday, Dec. 12 • 4 pm

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.

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Christmas with the King's Singers

Friday, Dec. 17 • 7:30 pm

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.

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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!

Tickets not required.

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In-Person Services


Advent Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Nov. 28 • 4 pm eastern

Join us for the return of this popular seasonal service as we anticipate the arrival of the Messiah. Readings, hymns, and seasonal choral music proclaim the coming of the Promised One.

Passes not required.

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Blue Christmas Service

Tuesday, Dec. 14 • 7 pm eastern

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. The Reverend Canon Jan Naylor Cope delivers the homily. Chaplains will be available in private zoom chapels during and following the service (pre-register here).

Passes not required.

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Gospel Christmas Service

Sunday, Dec. 19 • 6 pm eastern

Hear the good news of great joy as it comes to life in our annual service of gospel Christmas music and readings from Holy Scripture. The Reverend Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., delivers the homily.

Passes not required.

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Family Christmas Service

Thursday, Dec. 23 • 11 am eastern

The Nativity story comes to life in the glorious Cathedral nave. Gather loved ones of all ages for a joyful service of carols and prayers featuring a menagerie of live animals to welcome the Holy Family.

Passes required.

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Dec. 23 Christmas Lessons & Carols

Thursday, Dec. 23 • 6 pm eastern

Journey with us from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem with readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, and the Cathedral’s best-in-class music. We will again tell the ancient story of God’s love that took flesh in Jesus Christ.

Passes required.

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Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols

Friday, Dec. 24 • 6 pm eastern
IN-PERSON LOTTERY PASSES REQUIRED

Journey with us from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem with readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, and the Cathedral’s best-in-class music. We will again tell the ancient story of God’s love that took flesh in Jesus Christ. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington, preaches.

Due to demand, lottery passes required

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Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

Friday, Dec. 24 • 10 pm eastern
IN-PERSON LOTTERY PASSES REQUIRED

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

Due to demand, lottery passes required

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Christmas Day Eucharist

Saturday, Dec. 25 • 11:15 am eastern

Behold our Redeemer! Join us in-person or online for the festive morning service as we celebrate the birth of Christ with readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, seasonal music, and preaching by Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith.

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