Advent and Christmas

Bradford Cathedral has lots planned to help you mark the Advent and Christmas season; here are some of the highlights. Please bookmark this page for all the latest updates.


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How can I get involved?

There lots of things you can do, alongside watching our videos or services. A lantern challenge starts on Saturday 28th November where you can create your own glass lantern and display it in your window, as we try to bring light across the city! There will be also be several craft activities videos as part of our #BradventCalendar and we'd love to see your photos of the star in the tower!


Facebook event

You can also join our Facebook event. Please share with your friends and family!


Bradvent Calendar.

#BradventCalendar | 1st - 24th December 2020

with extra videos on the 28th, 29th and 30th November

We've been busy recording a series of videos to mark the Advent season and these will be launching on our YouTube channel, Facebook page, here on our website, and across our social media, every day from Tuesday 1st December. Covering music, the arts, crafts, flowers, the environment, reflections and much more, these 24 videos are not to be missed. We'll also be bringing you two extra videos on Advent Sunday and Monday 30th November, covering what the Advent candles mean for Christians, and all about the Star in our Tower!

Click the menu on the embedded video below to pick your video, click the direct links below, or visit YouTube. You can also watch them as they launch on Facebook.

Thank you to Graham Thorpe, our Assistant Director of Music, for playing the music that appears across these videos.

Pre-Advent Calendar videos

#BradventCalendar videos

(The full list to be revealed by the end of this week)



Services & Events

We will holding several services and events throughout December. These may be subject to change depending on the current guidance but here is a sample of some of the things happening during Advent and Christmas, with many of the services streamed online. You can also join us for morning and evening prayer at 9am and 5:30pm each day.

You can find the YouTube videos for the services that will be streamed by clicking on the titles. We have now updated the listing below to reflect the seats available at this Sunday's services. More information on other events and services will follow.


Sunday 29th November

Advent 1 Eucharist | 10:30am

YouTube Link


Advent Carol Service | 6pm

We begin the season of Advent with the choir leading a candlelit service, as we await the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. 

YouTube Link


Sunday 6th December

8.30am Holy Communion
(said) in the Sanctuary. 20 seats available.


Advent 2 Eucharist | 10:30am

YouTube Link | After Worship Chat (12noon) | Order of service50 seats available.

Download the order of service.

3.30pm Choral Evensong
35 seats available.


Tuesday 8th December

Autumn recital: Daniel Lappin and Sarah Lamb (flute and clarinet) | 12:30pm

YouTube Link


Evensong | 3:30pm


Thursday 10th December

A Carol Service for the NHS | 6pm

YouTube Link


Sunday 13th December

Advent 3 Eucharist | 10:30am

YouTube Link | After Worship Chat (12noon)


Evensong | 3:30pm


Tuesday 15th December

Advent – God, liturgy and life | 7pm

Join the Dean online for an hour exploring the varied meanings of the Advent season.

Click here to book your place.


Wednesday 16th December

Autumn recital: Gordon Stewart (organ) | 12:30pm

YouTube link


Sunday 20th December

Advent 4 Eucharist | 10:30am

YouTube link | After Worship Chat (12noon)


Carols and Readings | 3:30pm

YouTube link


Carols and Readings | 6:30pm

This service will not be live-streamed


Monday 21st December

City Carol Service | 6pm

YouTube link


Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

First Communion of Christmas | 9pm

YouTube link


Friday 25th December (Christmas Day)

Holy Communion | 8:30am

This will not be live-streamed


Christmas Day Eucharist | 10:30am

YouTube link


Sunday 27th December

Christmas 1 Eucharist | 10:30am

After Service Chat (12noon)

More details on this service will be available soon. 


Other services and events available

Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December

Plastic Free Christmas - Free Webinar Series | 7:30pm

Join Plastic Free Denholme for a FREE interactive webinar to help you go plastic free this Christmas! The event will run over two days.

For more information please visit the Facebook event.


Sunday 6th December

Marie Curie: Lights to Remember | 7:15pm

As Christmas approaches it is an important time to remember loved ones who have died. Marie Curie’s Lights to Remember service is a chance to pause and reflect. Open to everyone, the online service will feature readings and reflections from local Marie Curie staff and supporters. The event takes place on Sunday 6th December at 4pm, and the recording will also be available to watch afterwards.

Click here to register for free.


Wednesday 16th December

Hft Winter Warmer | 7:15pm

Grab a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, switch on the fairy lights and treat yourself to a cosy and heart-warming evening’s entertainment with Hft and guest compere Annabel Giles.

Click here to find out more.


Other Events.

Other Attractions and Events

With more to be announced, here are some of the other things happening during Advent and Christmas

  • Our Star in the Tower shining across the city
  • A Crib in our State Gate for you to visit, from Sunday 29th November
  • Memory Christmas Tree by the pulpit where you can leave your prayers and memories, from Sunday 29th November
  • lantern campaign to bring light to the city, no matter where you are
  • A special Christmas Service for schools


Advent Course.

Advent Book Study Course

The Diocesan Lay Training team is running a four-week long Advent book study course focusing on Bishop Nick Baines' new book 'Freedom is Coming: From Advent to Epiphany with the prophet Isaiah'.

The course will be taking place online via Zoom during the Advent season. The course will run across four online sessions on Wednesday evenings between 25th November - 16th December at 7.00pm - 9.00pm.

While you will be encouraged to read the book in your own time during Advent the course will provide an opportunity to build on, learn more, and discuss the contents of the book in greater depth. Ideally participants will purchase or have access to the book in advance of the first session and will read the book in parallel to the course.

You can find out more information about the book and register a place for free on Learning Leeds


Comfort and Joy.

Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy holds together the hope that Christmas will bring joy and celebration after a uniquely difficult year with an acknowledgement that – for those who have lost loved ones or livelihoods, or who are potentially still not able to be together with loved ones – it may be the Church’s role, both nationally and locally, to provide consolation, rather than assume everyone will be ready to join in jubilation. 

You can find out more about the Church of England's 'Comfort and Joy' campaign on their website.


Sparkling Bradford Winter.

Sparkling Bradford Winter

This winter it’s time to create some sparkle, whether we’re on lockdown at home or looking forward to being able to get out and about again, we’re here to give you a virtual hug and a sprinkle of joy as we journey through these winter days. To find out more, please visit the Sparkling Bradford Winter website.


Opening Times.


Opening Times

These may be subject to change as guidance changes, but we're currently open Wednesday - Saturday 2-4pm for personal prayer and Sunday 1-3pm.

Bradford Cathedral will be closed on Boxing Day, and from Monday 28th December 2020 - Saturday 2nd January 2021 inclusive.


Rhythm of Life.

Rhythm of Life resources for family settings

Resources and activities have been launched to help adults engage in the Rhythm of Life, and these new Advent resources are designed to encourage children, young people and families to explore praying, encouraging, sharing, reflecting, celebrating, resting and creating. Click here to find out more.