This Christmas there’s plenty for the family at Salisbury Cathedral! From services that allow you time to think about the year that is ending and celebrate Christmas as a family group to activities that youngsters can enjoy, your cathedral looks forward to sharing some time with you!
SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER 2014: FAMILY TIME AT THE CATHEDRAL FROM 14.00 - 17.30
Stories, crafting and a very special Evensong for Families
Free Family drop-in afternoon from 14.00 -17.00 Have some fun following our trail, make a Christmas decoration and help us make a giant paper chain. There are stories galore and there’s plenty to enjoy!
Free Family Christmas Story Time at 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00 Meet under the tree to hear an exciting new tale each time, all welcome.
Family Evensong at 17.30 After your drop in session stay on for a special, child friendly Christmas Evensong service - a lovely way to end your day. This is a lovely service and one everyone can enjoy!
David Halls, Director of Music said: “This promises to be a charming service which captures the youthful excitement of the Christmas season. The cathedral choir will be joined by the Salisbury Cathedral Junior Choir in beautiful music ranging from the 16th century, through the traditional favourite Ding dong, merrily on high’ to John Rutter’s ‘Angels’ Carol’ and Howard Goodall’s ‘The Lord is my shepherd’, well known as the theme music to the TV series ‘The Vicar of Dibley’.”
The climax of this short service will be a procession to the west end of the cathedral to watch the switching on of the Christmas tree lights.
MONDAY 15th – TUESDAY 30th DECEMBER (Except during services) HUNT THE CHRISTMOUSE
“Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”
Can you find the Salisbury Cathedral’s mouse? In a fun trail that will take children all over the cathedral, we follow Christmouse, a little grey crocheted mouse that peeps out around the building. There are ten to find so follow the clues and discover a tiny friend!
MONDAY 22 and TUESDAY 23 DECEMBER: CHRISTMAS CRAFT
Children’s Christmas Craft Sessions 10.00-12.00 or 13.00-15.00 each day
Glitzy, gluey and gorgeous. Make exciting Christmas decorations for your home - all materials provided. In the Trinity Chapel. £3.00 per child, parents stay. To reserve a place please check on the website.
FRIDAY 12 DECEMBER: CAROL SERVICE FOR GROUPS
Christmas Carol Service for groups at 14.00
If you are part of a group or run a group there’s a chance to spend some special time with us this Christmas. The special Christmas Carol Services for groups are a marvellous opportunity to hear the renowned cathedral choir sing, listen to favourite Christmas readings, join in singing the best traditional carols and enjoy seasonal refreshments of hot mulled wine and delicious mince pies in the cloisters immediately after the service.
Tickets are just £10 - £15 per person for groups of 10+. For details check the website:
WEDNESDAY 24th DECEMBER: THE NATIVITY – FOLLOW THAT STAR!
Nativity Service 16.00
Our special nativity service, Follow The Star, is the perfect way for younger children to begin their Christmas celebrations with their parents. The children can join the star’s journey to Bethlehem and the new born baby Jesus, and sing favourite carols whilst sharing the special story of the first Christmas. There is even a real donkey from Farmer Giles Farmstead. Join in the fun with the Salisbury Cathedral Junior choir.
Ongoing until 23 DECEMBER
Don’t just visit us for a service – spend a little bit more time getting to know this remarkable building. The special Twilight Tower Tours will run until the 23 December.
Climb 332 steps to the base of the spire from where you can see spectacular views of Salisbury City’s Christmas illuminations at twilight. Then it’s time for a cream tea in the Refectory, and afterwards for those who want to complete their afternoon Choral Evensong is at 5.30pm.
Tickets, to include tower tour and cream tea, cost £14.00 (adults), £12.00 (concessions), £45 (family ticket, 2+3).