Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign...
Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine…
(Love Came Down at Christmas - Christina Rossetti)
The Twilight Tower Tours that traditionally run alongside Salisbury’s Christmas market, take visitors up to the base of the Spire at dusk to view the Christmas lights from on high. This year tour dates have been extended beyond the festive season into the New Year. For dates and times, or to book, click here or call 01722 555156.
From Darkness to Light, the Cathedral’s spectacular Advent Procession, takes place on Friday 1 December and Saturday 2 December at 19.00 and Sunday 3 December at 17.00. An unforgettable experience combining exquisite music, candlelight, Bible readings and favourite Advent carols, this beautiful service is a wonderful start to a season of celebration.
On Saturday, 9 December the City of London Sinfonia returns to accompany the full Cathedral choir (boys, girls and men) and four distinguished soloists in a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Last year’s performance of this much loved choral work was a sell-out, so early booking is advised. Doors open at 19.00 for a 19.30 start – tickets online from here or via the Salisbury Playhouse on 01722 320333
Christmas is also a family time at the Cathedral, with plenty for youngsters to do and enjoy. Under-fives can watch the Christmas story unfold in the Cathedral’s very own puppet theatre on Friday 8 December at 09:45 or 11:00 and the children’s Christmas trail, Little Lost Angel, is available from Wednesday 20 December until 3 January 2018 (except during service times).
Christmas Creativity workshops during which children can design and craft their own decorations, cards or small gifts take place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December at 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:00. All materials are provided and storytelling takes place afterwards by the Nativity display at 12.00 and 15.00.
If you want to visit the Cathedral as a group (10 or more), there are two special Group Carol Concerts at 14.30 on 12 December and 14.00 on 13 December. Singing is led by the Cathedral choir and mulled wine and a mince pies are served afterwards in the Cloisters. For tickets contact our bookings team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01722 555120.
Belmond British Pullman are also coming to Salisbury Cathedral this year. Travellers can step back into the golden age of railway travel, enjoying a relaxing journey in luxury carriages with world class cuisine. On arrival passengers attend an exclusive Carol Concert in the Cathedral’s Quire and a visit to medieval city’s Christmas market (open from Thursday 23 November to Friday 22 December). Details can be found here
Cathedral Christmas Services
Friday 22 December/Saturday 23 December
19.00 Carols by Candlelight
Book a meal from our Christmas menu in the Refectory afterwards contact
Refectory manager Kevin Oborne on email@example.com
Sunday 24 December
10.30 Christmas Eve Eucharist
15.30 Star of Wonder, the Christmas Eve Family service
The Christmas story told in a colourful procession of gigantic 6ft puppets
with a live donkey and children in costume
17.30 Festal Evensong
23.00 Midnight Mass (note the earlier start time)
Monday 25 December
10.30 Christmas Day Eucharist
15.00 Festal Evensong
The perfect way to round off Christmas afternoon and celebrate the year to come
For any other enquiries or further information contact: Marie Thomas at Salisbury Cathedral firstname.lastname@example.org 01722 555148