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Experience the joy of this extraordinary time of the year with us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the special services and events we have planned this year. As we expect large numbers for some of these special services, please note that you must book a ticket in advance to attend.

Christmas services and events

To welcome large numbers of people safely to our most popular services and events, additional measures are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Browse the links below for more information. These extra measures don’t apply to our smaller daily services.
If you can’t be here in person for worship, we’re continuing to livestream services on Facebook.

Get the whole family into the festive spirit

Drop in to make an eco-friendly decoration or paper angel on 11-12 and 18-19 December. See the lights on the 25ft tall Norwegian Spruce tree turned on at our ever-popular Lighting of the Tree and Blessing of the Crib service.

Enticing treats

Whether you come for a special service, to do your Christmas shopping or just to see the Christmas tree, there’s always a reason to stop by the cathedral’s restaurant for a seasonal treat. With mince pies, hot chocolates and festive sandwiches on the menu we’re sure you’ll find something delicious to enjoy.

Useful to know

  • Durham Cathedral is a busy working church, especially over Christmas, so at times visitor access may be disrupted. Please check our services and events calendar below to check you're not planning to visit during a daytime service.
  • There is no admission charge to enter the cathedral. To help support our work and the care of the cathedral for future generations we encourage a £5 donation.

Our Advent and Christmas events and services

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It is a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity, or birth, of Jesus at Christmas.

November 2021:

December 2021:

January 2022:

  • The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus services - Saturday 1 January, all day
  • Eve of the Epiphany Evensong service - Wednesday 5 January, 5.30pm
  • Sung Eucharist for Epiphany - Thursday 6 January, 7.30pm
  • Epiphany procession with carols - Sunday 23 January, 3.30pm

February 2022:

  • Eve of Candlemas Evensong service - Tuesday 1 February, 5.30pm
  • Sung Eucharist for Candlemas - Wednesday 2 February, 5.30pm

What makes Durham Cathedral's nativity scene so special?

Durham Cathedral’s nativity set is unique. Carved by a local, retired miner, the scene has some lovely links to the North East region. The nativity features some unusual figures such as a pit pony for a donkey, and a miner for an innkeeper. Find out more from our Collections Officer, Marie-Therese.