Advent and Christmas

Advent and Christmas is a special time at Westminster Abbey.

We are hoping to be able to welcome as many worshippers as possible to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with us this year. We also have a range of music and family events, and we will be open to visitors for much of the Christmas period too. However, our plans will need to remain flexible due to COVID-19.

Attending our Advent and Christmas services

Our most popular services are now fully booked. These services are: 

  • Service of Lessons and Carols, Thursday 23rd December, 6.00pm
  • Service of Lessons and Carols, Friday 24th December, 4.00pm
  • Midnight Mass, Friday 24th December, 11.00pm

If you were not successful in securing tickets this year we hope that you will join us at another service - they are all very special occasions.

You can find a full list of services further down the page.

FAQs

If you have any questions please see our Advent & Christmas services FAQs.

Live streaming

We will announce in due course if any of the services will be live streamed.

Christmas services

Attend a Christmas service at the Abbey. Some services are ticketed and you will need to book in advance.

Christmas Meditation

Christmas Meditation

Sunday, 19th December 2021

6pm - 6.45pm
The Abbey
Free (no booking required)

Crib service

Crib service

Friday, 24th December 2021

12.00pm - 12.30pm
The Abbey
Free (no booking required)

Service of Lessons and Carols

Service of Lessons and Carols

23rd & 24th December 2021

6.00pm - 7.00pm
The Abbey
Fully booked

Christmas Day Holy Communion

Christmas Day Holy Communion

Saturday, 25th December 2021

8.00am - 8.40am
The Abbey
Free (no tickets required)

The Choir singing in front of a Christmas tree

Christmas Day Sung Eucharist

Saturday, 25th December 2021

11:15am - 12.45pm
The Abbey
Free (no booking required)

Christmas Day Evensong

Christmas Day Evensong

Saturday, 25th December 2021

3.00pm - 3.45pm
The Abbey
Free (no booking required)

Christmas Midnight Mass

Christmas Midnight Mass

24th & 25th December 2021

11.00pm - 12:30am
The Abbey
Fully booked

Christmas concerts

Choristers singing and holding candles

Christmas Concert

Tuesday, 14th December 2021

7.00pm - 8.15pm
The Abbey
£15 - £40

Family events

Family activity: Shooting Stars

Family activity: Shooting Stars

Saturday, 4th December 2021

10:00am - 1:00pm
The Abbey
Included in the price of admission

Choir boys holding hymn sheets

Christmas Family Day

Saturday, 11th December 2021

10:00am - 1:00pm
St Margaret's Church
Free (booking required)

A scene from the nativity

Family activity: Christmas Family Tour

Saturday, 11th December 2021

10:00am - 1:30pm
The Abbey
Included in the price of admission

Visit the Abbey

Visit the Abbey

The Abbey is open for most of December except, for the 8th and 23rd - 25th. Book tickets

Christmas menu

Enjoy a Christmas Afternoon Tea or Christmas Lunch at the Cellarium. View the Christmas menu (PDF, 76KB)

Shop

Browse through a range of Christmas souvenirs and gifts when you visit the shop. Or shop online.