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Christmas at the National Cathedral

The National Cathedral

Christmas at the National Cathedral

The National Cathedral is beautiful year 'round and there are always many interesting and entertaining events held here, but Christmastime is especially wonderful. Don't miss these uplifting programs:

Friday, December 21st

10:30 AM Behind-the-Scenes Tour

This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. 

Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. Must be at least 11 years old.

No reservations required, but space is limited to 10 people; you may pre-reserve your tour online. This tour is not offered on holidays or during special events. Fee is $15 per person, walk-ins welcome.

See the interactive Gargoyle and Grotesques map

12:00 PM  Holy Eucharist

This 35-40 minute service includes prayers, Scripture, a homily, and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome.

National Cathedral Stained Glass

1:30 PM  Behind-the-Scenes Tour

This specialty tour takes you up close to stained glass windows, gargoyles, and areas of the Cathedral not included on the Highlights Tour. 

Tickets: $15 per person; walk-ins welcome

5:30 PM  Evening Prayer

The evening office offered most Fridays and Saturdays and during the summer

 

Saturday, December 22nd

10:00 AM Bethlehem Prayer Service

Live webcast. Joint simulcast worship service with the people of Bethlehem and worshipers in the Cathedral’s nave. 

 

10:00 AM  Touring Interruption

Cathedral will be closed to touring all day for special service in the morning and Christmas Pageant in the afternoon. Lower level, Cathedral Store, and Bishop’s Garden will be open all day.

 

2:00 PM  Christmas Pageant

Children of all ages come to the Cathedral to participate in this annual pageant celebrating the Nativity. Children dressed as shepherds, angels, and animals help tell the story of the Messiah’s birth. On the day of the event, families arrive in costume in the nave for a 1:30 pm brief rehearsal prior to the pageant. The pageant begins at 2 pm and lasts approximately one hour. Halos are available for herald angels in need of a little costume assistance. Bring family, friends, and cameras for this lively telling of the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Schedule:

Christmas at the National Cathedral

Carols by Candlelight

December 24, 2012 6 PM

Like the angel who heralded glad tidings to the shepherds, we meet during this holy season to sing the joy of Jesus’ birth. In a very real sense it is also our own birth which we celebrate at Christmas—a spiritual birth of the Divine Presence made new in our lives. Join us for this service that captures the spirit of Christmas. Favorite carols, beautiful Christmas music, and lit candles help to tell again the ancient story of the birth of the Prince of Peace.

The Right Rev. Mariann Budde, homilist; the Very Rev. Gary Hall, officiant.

Passes are required for this service on Christmas Eve, December 24, only. Advance passes are no longer available for the Christmas Eve services. A limited number of same-day passes will be distributed at Church House, near the front of the Cathedral building, shortly before the 6 pm and 10 pm services. Passes are not needed for Carols by Candlelight on December 23. Note that this is not a service of Holy Eucharist.

Festival Holy Eucharist

Festival Holy Eucharist

December 24, 2012 10 PM

Celebrate Christmas at Washington National Cathedral. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, preacher; the Very Rev. Gary Hall, presider.

Passes are required for both services on Christmas Eve, December 24 (6 pm and 10 pm). Advance passes are no longer available for the Christmas Eve services. A limited number of same-day passes will be distributed at Church House, near the front of the Cathedral building, shortly before the 6 pm and 10 pm services. Passes are not needed for Carols by Candlelight on December 23 or any service on Christmas Day.

 

Christmas Day Service of Lessons and Carols

December 25, 2012 4 PM

Traditional service of Scripture readings and Christmas carols. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, officiant.


Christmas Day Organ Recital: Jeremy Filsell

December 25, 2012 5:15 PM

Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Jeremy Filsell plays a recital on the Cathedral’s great organ. 

The Cathedral will close after the 5:15 pm Christmas Day organ recital.

 

For security reasons, please do not bring backpacks or large packages to any of these services. Large bags will be subject to search. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

*Schedule taken from National Cathedral website. Subject to change without notice. Call the National Cathedral to confirm times and availability before making plans.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsThe Isaacs Team llc • December 17 2012 11:27PM

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Susan: This place looks great WOW!!!! keep up the good work and good luck with your business in 2013,  E

Posted by Ed & Tracy Oliva, The Oliva Team Arizona Agents (West USA Realty - Arizona) almost 6 years ago

It is quite impressive! The Gargoyle and Grotesques tour is fun and the Christmas programs are beautiful. One of the perks of living in DC.  : )   Hope you have a lovely holiday in Arizona and a successful 2013!

Posted by The Isaacs Team llc, realestateinthedistrict.com (RLAH 11 Dupont Circle, Washington DC) almost 6 years ago

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