This year, we're offering our full lineup of Advent and Christmas programming virtually. Register here for some or all of our upcoming Advent and Christmas services and concerts.
Here at the Cathedral we’re busy planning for the most wondrous time of the year. We’re so excited to bring the glory of Christmas at the National Cathedral straight to you — no matter where you are!
Typically, our limited capacity at the Cathedral means that we require passes for some of these services, and must charge a small fee to cover our costs. This year, we're pleased to be able to offer registration free of charge, but when you register, you'll also have an opportunity to add a donation in the drop-down. Our loyal supporters help keep this programming available to all online in these uncertain times.
If you'd like to receive links for all of the Advent and Christmas programs by email, register with our one-time Christmas Season Pass registration! Just register here, and on the day of each program you'll receive access instructions by email.
Click here to register for the full Christmas Season Pass!
Or, to register for only certain services, click on the titles below.
Online Advent & Christmas Services
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
Sundays at 6 pm EST during Advent
As we anticipate the arrival of the Messiah, make room in your heart for the coming season of joy with a series contemplative and inspirational services of prayer and music shaped by the words of the prophet Isaiah.
Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7 pm EST
2020 has been a difficult year for so many, with grief, loss and hardship around every corner. Maybe the holidays are always hard for you, or you’re just not feeling very holly jolly this year. If you’re in search of hope and healing as we enter the Christmas season, we invite you to find it in this service of prayer, music and reflection.
Gospel Christmas Service
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 6 pm EST
In this season of good tidings of great joy, find your Christmas spirit at the gospel comes alive through jazz and gospel music and readings from Holy Scripture.
Joy of Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 3 pm EST
We would never let a season go by without bringing you DC’s favorite musical tradition: Joy of Christmas from the Cathedral Choral Society. This year’s cinematic production includes new takes on traditional tunes alongside your favorite carols.
Christmas Lessons & Carols
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6 pm EST
Journey with us from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem with Scripture, favorite hymns and the Cathedral’s best-in-class music. We will tell again the ancient story of God’s love that took flesh in Jesus Christ, and we’re saving a seat just for you!
Family Christmas Service
Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12 noon EST
The animals from the manger will gather in the Bishop’s Garden at the Cathedral for a festive re-telling of the Christmas story. Join us online as we celebrate the arrival of the baby Jesus with carols and prayers!
Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist
Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8 pm EST
There’s no better place to spend Christmas Eve than at the Cathedral, with hymns and carols to join the angels in announcing the birth of the Messiah. Join Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and Dean Randy Hollerith as we welcome Christ anew into our world and into our hearts.
Christmas Organ Recital
Friday, December 25, 2020 at 12 noon EST
Cathedral organists Thomas Sheehan and George Fergus present a program of festive Christmas music on the Cathedral’s Great Organ. Make a cup of cocoa, wear your holiday-appropriate ugly sweaters and socks and celebrate Christmas with us!