Advent & Christmas
We look forward to coming together to celebrate Advent and Christmas at the Cathedral!
Advent and Christmas 2023
In-person or online, there are countless ways for you to join the Cathedral at Christmas, from concerts to worship to moments of quiet contemplation. We can’t wait to see you.
Christmas Service Passes
We’re excited to welcome you to Christmas at the Cathedral, and we want to make our services accessible to everyone. All worship services at the Cathedral are free. We welcome your support if you would like to help us cover the costs of managing ticketing and entry. The suggested $7 processing fee is optional.
Due to capacity concerns, some of our more popular services require reserved passes. All services that require passes are now at capacity. You’re welcome to join our livestream to enjoy these services: Gospel Christmas: Joy to the World, Family Christmas Service, Christmas Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist. All livestream links are available below.
We would also like to welcome you both in-person and online to the following services which do not require reserved passes: Blue Christmas, Christmas Day Festival Holy Eucharist.
Handel's MessiahFri Dec. 8 • 7 pm Sat Dec. 9 • 4 pm Sun Dec. 10 • 4 pm Join the Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra for Handel’s beloved Messiah. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offer a venue unlike any other in Washington to experience this masterpiece. Note: Sunday's performance also has a livestream ticket option.
Handel's Messiah: Family EditionSat Dec. 9 • 12 pm Experience the best of Messiah with the whole family: an abbreviated performance of Messiah highlights, perfect for busy families with young children. This performance is in-person only.
Christmas with the King's SingersFri Dec. 15 • 7 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. From Christmas favorites to lesser-known gems to some brand-new surprises, there’s no better way to embrace the warmth of the season. Available in-person or via livestream.
Blue Christmas ServiceTue Dec. 19 • 7 pm At a time of year when so many experience feelings of grief, loss, and hardship, this service of prayer, music, and reflection invites us into hope and healing. This service includes Holy Communion. Passes are not required. Livestream also available.
Gospel Christmas: Joy to the WorldFri Dec. 22 • 6 pm At Capacity: in-person passes are no longer available for this service. We invite you to watch the livestream.Gather as we tell the story, through music, poetry, and scripture, in our annual Gospel Christmas service. Featuring the Cathedral Contemporary Ensemble, Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir and the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers.
Family Christmas ServiceSat Dec. 23 • 11 am At Capacity: in-person passes are no longer available for this service. We invite you to watch the livestream.
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.
Christmas Lessons & CarolsSat Dec. 23 • 6 pm Sun Dec. 24 • 6 pm At Capacity: in-person passes are no longer available for this service. We invite you to watch the livestream.
Readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, and instrumental music carry us from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem.
Christmas Eve Festival Holy EucharistSun Dec. 24 • 10 pm At Capacity: in-person passes are no longer available for this service. We invite you to watch the livestream.
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, and seasonal choral and instrumental music. This service includes Holy Communion and uses incense.