Advent and Christmas


From the Very Revd Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford
Each of our Christmas services seeks to proclaim afresh the wonderful miracle of the coming of God in human flesh: Emmanuel, God with us. This is the real gift of Christmas; a God who knows what it is like to be human. God in Christ reaches out to all of us, whatever our situation. May God bless you this Christmas.

Click on the links below to reserve your place / book your ticket.


Messy Advent


Lantern Parade


Saturday 30th November
10:30        Messy Advent*
Please join us as we start our preparations for Christmas. It is a wonderful opportunity for families to meet, chat, explore the meaning of Advent, share food, do crafts, sing, reflect on the Bible and much, much more. Each family will also make an Advent wreath to take away with them. All are welcome. Please ensure you reserve your free wreath using the Eventbrite link so you don't miss out!

15:30 for 16:30    Lantern Parade*
Experience the wonder of Christmas, pick out some unique gifts and enjoy lots of enchanting street theatre and music at Bradford’s Christmas Fayre. Browse over 40 stalls selling wonderful arts and crafts and sample delicious festive foods. Look out for surprising and entertaining street acts including Santa and his elves, a pair of Celebrity Raindeers, Christmas Stilt Walkers, Christmas Fairies, Roller-skating Presents and a Magical Snow Queen. Make your very own Christmas lanterns at special workshops, and join in the magical Lantern Parade.

  • Fayre and street theatre: 12noon – 8pm in Centenary Square.
  • Lantern workshops: 10:30am to 2:30pm at The Broadway shopping centre.
  • Lantern Parade leaves Bradford Cathedral at 4:30pm heading to City Park via Market Street.

Admission is free. Don’t miss out!


Advent Procession


Advent Sunday (1st December)
08:00        Holy Communion (Said)
10:15        Choral Eucharist
18:00        Advent Procession
We begin the holy season of Advent with an atmospheric and breath-taking candlelit service, as we await the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. The cathedral choir will process around the building, singing both centuries-old and contemporary music, as we start our journey towards Christmas.


Marie Curie.


Monday 2nd December
19:00        Marie Curie Carol Concert
Lights To Remember is all about getting together with family and friends at Christmas time to remember loved ones. We would love to welcome you to our annual evening of music, singing, readings, reflection, mince pies and festive refreshments at Bradford Cathedral.


Martin House.


Wednesday 4th December
13:00        Organ Recital: Thomas Leech 
19:00        Martin House Carol Concert


Carol Service poster


Thursday 5th December
18:00        Law, Order, Justice and Emergency Services Carol Service 


Sunday 8th December
08:00        Holy Communion (Said)
10:15        Choral Eucharist
16:00        Advent Choral Evensong


Monday 9th December
14:00        Monday Fellowship
19:00        Bradford Grammar School Carols


Reed and Ivory.


Tuesday 10th December
11:00        Coffee Concert with Reed & Ivory
Reed & Ivory Clarinettist Helen Goldsmith and Pianist Ben Cockburn. Graduates from Leeds College of Music will be playing music by Messager, Weber and Milhaud. There will be coffee and cake available from 10:30am.

19:00        Music & Arts Christmas Festival 


Wednesday 11th December
13:00        Organ Recital: Andrew Bryden    
19:00        Rotary Carol Service

NHS Carol Service

Thursday 12th December
19:00        NHS Carol Service


Friday 13th December
19:30        Craig Halliday & Friends - A Festive Musical Feast     




Saturday 14th December
16:00        Christingle*
A fun and interactive service for all ages. Exploring the meaning of Christmas through song, film and making Christingles. Followed by cake and refreshments.



Sunday 15th December
08:00        Holy Communion (Said)
10:15        Choral Eucharist
12:00        Bring and Share Lunch
16:00        Advent Choral Evensong


Monday 16th December
18:00        The City Carol Service     


Hft Image.


Tuesday 17th December
11:00        Advent Hour of Prayer
19:00        HFT Coming of Christmas


Wednesday 18th December
13:00        Organ Recital:Christmas Special


Kitmas Concert

Saturday 21st December
19:30        Allerton Cat Rescue Kitmas Concert


Sunday 22nd December
08:00        Holy Communion (Said)
10:15        Choral Eucharist
18:00        Nine Lessons and Carols
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. Book a reserved seat in advance with an Eventbrite ticket. Refreshments served at the end. Donations invited.


Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24th December)
13:00        Carol Service
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. Get here early to grab your seat! Entry is free but we invite those who can to pay what you feel towards the event after the concert

16:00        Messy Crib*
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.

23:30        Midnight Choral Eucharist


Christmas Day (Wednesday 25th December)
10:15        Choral Eucharist

All cathedral services are free and open to everyone - please join us. Some events listed here charge entry. *These events have an emphasis on activities for young children.


Christmas Card

Christmas Card

This year’s Cathedral Christmas card is now available. Featuring The Nativity Icon from our recent exhibition of Icons by Chris Czainski, this unique and beautiful card is only available here at the cathedral, so you won’t see it anywhere else. As well as making a wonderful Christmas card that speaks of what we believe as Christians, it can also be re-purposed as an aid to prayer – so eco-friendly too! Please choose our cards for your family and friends this year.

Every pack you buy will support our ongoing ministry. 

Cards are available from the cathedral shop at £5 per pack of 10, or you can order them online using the box below. Please remember to spread the word! (*P&P and transaction fee applicable to online sales)