Christmas events at Bradford Cathedral

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Join us for Christmas services, concerts and events and more at Bradford Cathedral.

There are lots of events happening this December at Bradford Cathedral, so whether you want to come and sing carols on Christmas Eve, make a Christingle, or explore our Crib, there's something for everyone. Make sure you follow our illuminated star to Bradford Cathedral this Advent and Christmas!

Full details can be found at but there are some chosen highlights below!


Thursday 12th December | NHS Carol Service | 7pm
Join us for traditional carols and readings, Christmas music and refreshments to celebrate our local NHS. The NHS Carol Service celebrates the work of local healthcare staff and partner organisations.
The Cathedral choir, Bradford Youth Brass Band, and the signing choirs of two local primary schools will join us.

Staff from NHS organisations - along with those from our partner organisations across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven - are being invited to come along with their friends and family to enjoy a service of traditional Christmas carols and readings, and we would also like you to join us at this event.

The carol service will be a celebration of the local NHS and promises to be a lovely festive occasion. Refreshments will be available after the service. There is no need to book, just come along on the day.


Saturday 14th December | Christingle | 4pm
A fun and interactive service for all ages.  Exploring the meaning of Christmas through song, film and making Christingles. Followed by cake and refreshments. 


Monday 16th December | City Carol Service | 6pm
The Lord Mayor of Bradford welcomes all to this annual carol service where we sing popular carols and hear the Cathedral Choir. A special event for all ages. Free refreshments served before and afterwards.


Saturday 21st December | Kitmas Concert | 7:30pm
Join us for a festive evening of music to get you in the mood for Christmas in the fabulous Bradford Cathedral. Enjoy Opera favourites, Christmas Classics and songs from around the world, performed by soloists currently singing for some of the most prestigious Opera Houses in the UK. Please buy tickets from online, at the Rescue or at our Support Shop in Eccleshill before the night.
All proceeds from the evening donated to the Allerton Puddy Cats and Kittens.


Sunday 22nd December | Nine Lessons and Carols | 6pm
A traditional candle-lit service of readings intermingled with community carols and pieces sung by the Cathedral Choir, hosted by the Dean and Clergy of Bradford Cathedral. A truly memorable way to start your Christmas celebrations. All welcome. Refreshments served at the end. 


Tuesday 24th December | Carol Concert | 1pm
The cathedral choir presents its annual Christmas Eve recital. Music, poetry, witty Christmas stories and the best-loved Christmas carols come together in this yearly celebration.


Tuesday 24th December | Messy Crib | 4pm
Please join us at Bradford Cathedral for our annual Crib Service for families. We will be telling the Christmas story and celebrating this special time through music, crafts, drama, food, fun and togetherness.
Why not come along dressed as your favourite person or animal from the Nativity story.All are welcome. Children: Don’t forget to bring your parents and grandparents.


Published: 10/12/2019
Audience: Families and children
Contact: Bradford Cathedral

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