Advent and Christmas

Join us in the heart of the city for a #SparklingBradford  celebration for all to enjoy:

  • Advent services
  • Carol concerts
  • Family activities
  • Music concerts
  • and more...

 

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A Welcome

Join us at Bradford Cathedral this Christmas as we bring you a festive experience for all to enjoy.

The oldest building in the city is the perfect place to visit this December, whether that’s for our special Christmas services as we celebrate the bith of Jesus; for our carol concerts with many of those we share the city with; or one of our music concerts. You can also visit Bradford Cathedral as a place of reflection, prayer or peace, as well as a building full of history, which is never more important than in the last month of our Centenary year.

 

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.

 

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Star in the Tower

Star in the Tower

New for 2019 our star in the tower will be on from sunset to sunrise so you can always follow the star to Bradford Cathedral for our events, services and concerts, or to visit us to pray, discover our history or just enjoy the peace and tranquility.

 

Our Main Events

 

Coffee Concert.

 

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

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Friday 13th December | Craig Halliday & Friends | 7:30pm
Bradford born professional crossover violinist, Craig Halliday, will be joined on stage by vocalist Tracey Shield and the talented young performers from Shipley based CC Dance Company.

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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. 

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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. Come early to get a good seat. Donations invited.

Please note that this event has now sold out.

We are taking a waiting list for if further tickets become available - please e-mail info@bradfordcathedral.org or call 01274 77 77 20 to add yourself to this.

There will be no entry on the day without pre-booking.

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Tuesday 17th December | Advent Hour of Prayer | 11am
Everyone is welcome to join the Dean, Canon Mandy and Canon Paul for an hour of Advent Prayer in St Aidan's Chapel.

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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. Donations invited. 

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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.

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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.

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Christingle.


 

Regular services and opening times (Dec 1st - Jan 1st)

Mon 9

  • Morning Prayer, 8:30am
  • Evensong, 5:45pm

Tue 10, Thu 12, Fri 13, Sat 14, Tue 17,  Fri 20, Sat 21, Mon 23

  • Morning Prayer, 8:30am
  • Evening Prayer, 5:30pm

Wed 11, Wed 18

  • Holy Communion, 7:30am
  • Morning Prayer, 8:30am
  • Holy Communion, 10:15am
  • Evening Prayer, 5:30pm

Mon 16

  • Morning Prayer, 8:30am

Sun 15

  • Holy Communion, 8am
  • The Eucharist, 10:15am
  • Evensong, 4pm

Sun 22

  • Holy Communion, 8am
  • The Eucharist, 10:15am

Christmas Eve

  • Morning Prayer, 8:30am
  • Evening Prayer, 5:30pm
  • First Communion of Christmas, 11:30pm

Christmas Day

  • Choral Eucharist, 10:15am

Sun 29

  • Holy Communion, 8am
  • The Eucharist, 10:15am
  • Evening Prayer, 4pm

December 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, January 1

  • Bradford Cathedral is closed except for morning prayer at 9am and evening prayer at 5pm

 

December 2019 (Day-by-day)

 

 

Christingle.

 

Regular Events and Meetings

Sunday 18, 15, 22
Just A Minute, 11:45am

Wednesday 11
Organ Recitals - 4th: Thomas Leech (Leeds) | 11th:  Andrew Bryden (Ripon)
Places of Welcome, 2:30pm

Friday 13, 20
Toddler Group, 10am

Monday 9
Silence Space, 1pm
Monday Fellowship, 2pm

Tuesday 10
Stitching the Cathedral, 1pm

Sunday 15
Monthly Bring and Share Lunch, 12noon

Monday 23
Silence Space, 1pm

 

Other Events

 

Monday 9th December | Bradford Grammar School Nine Lessons and Carols | 7pm

 

Tuesday 10th December | Music and Arts Festival | 7pm

 

Wednesday 11th December | Rotary Club of Bradford Carol Service | 7pm

 

NHS Carol Service

 

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.

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Saturday 14th December | Christmas Lunch | 12:30pm

 

Tuesday 17th December | Hft Coming of Christmas | 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.

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Kitmas concert.

 

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 Eventbrite.co.uk 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.

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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)