The Advent and Christmas season is a special time at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Because the Cathedral is currently closed, all events are being held virtually. For information on all of the Christmas events at the National Cathedral, visit https://cathedral.org/christmas/. We have highlighted several below.
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
Sundays at 6 pm during Advent
As we anticipate the arrival of the Messiah, make room in your heart for the coming season of joy with a series contemplative and inspirational services of prayer and music shaped by the words of the prophet Isaiah. Follow along each week with a companion booklet of readings and contemplative questions.
Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 7 pm ET
2020 has been a difficult year for so many, with grief, loss and hardship around every corner. Maybe the holidays are always hard for you, or you’re just not feeling very holly jolly this year. If you’re in search of hope and healing as we enter the Christmas season, we invite you to find it in this service of prayer, music and reflection.
Gospel Christmas Service
Friday, December 18, 2020, 6 pm ET
In this season of good tidings of great joy, find your Christmas spirit at the gospel comes alive through jazz and gospel music and readings from Holy Scripture.
Joy of Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 20, 2020, 3 pm ET
We would never let a season go by without bringing you DC’s favorite musical tradition: Joy of Christmas from the Cathedral Choral society. This year’s cinematic production includes new takes on traditional tunes alongside your favorite carols.
Christmas Lessons & Carols
Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 6 pm ET
Journey with us from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem with Scripture, favorite hymns and the Cathedral’s best-in-class music. We will tell again the ancient story of God’s love that took flesh in Jesus Christ, and we’re saving a seat just for you!
Family Christmas Service
Thursday, December 24, 2020, 12 pm ET
The animals from the manger will gather in the Bishop’s Garden at the Cathedral for a festive re-telling of the Christmas story. Join us online as we celebrate the arrival of the baby Jesus with carols and prayers!
Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist
Thursday, December 24, 2020, 8 pm ET
There’s no better place to spend Christmas Eve than at the Cathedral, with hymns and carols to join the angels in announcing the birth of the Messiah. Join Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and Dean Randy Hollerith as we welcome Christ anew into our world and into our hearts.
Christmas Organ Recital
Friday, December 25, 2020, 12 pm ET
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!
For more information about the Cathedral, visit our Washington National Cathedral page.