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Handel's Messiah (Unavailable) Sunday December 8 2019 at 4:00 PM

× Join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s beloved “Messiah,” and experience this Christmas classic in a space as Handel would have intended. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offer a space unlike any other in Washington to experience Handel’s masterpiece.

Advance tickets for this concert are no longer available, but tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 3 pm and we hope that you will join us!

Behind the Scenes Tour (Unavailable) Monday December 9 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Jewels in the Towers Monday December 9 2019 at 11:00 AM

× Walk the North and South West towers to enjoy the smaller “jewels” of the Cathedral. View the different designs of the windows in the towers, while decoding traditional and biblical imagery, abstract themes, and smaller windows with personal imagery. As you climb down, hear about the creative process which combines personal stories, the artistry of the designers, and the technical skill of the fabricators.

Behind the Scenes Tour Monday December 9 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Angels and Monsters Tower Climb Monday December 9 2019 at 2:30 PM

× Climb the Cathedral’s two western towers and discover a close-up look at many gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around these two towers (about 125 feet above the ground). The climb ends on the very top of the northwest tower, which provides the best views of the Cathedral itself, and 360-degree views of the surrounding area (over 200 feet above the ground).The tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes and costs $50/person.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday December 10 2019

× • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.

• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk

Be sure to check our calendar by clicking HERE for any closures or changes in the regular schedule on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour Tuesday December 10 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Tuesday December 10 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Tour and Tea (Unavailable) Tuesday December 10 2019 at 1:30 PM

× Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Behind the Scenes Tour Wednesday December 11 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Wednesday December 11 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Tour and Tea (Unavailable) Wednesday December 11 2019 at 1:30 PM

× Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Sightseeing Admission Thursday December 12 2019

× • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.

• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk

Be sure to check our calendar by clicking HERE for any closures or changes in the regular schedule on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour (Unavailable) Thursday December 12 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Thursday December 12 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Tour and Tea (Unavailable) Thursday December 12 2019 at 1:30 PM

× Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Angels High and Low Tour

Behind the Scenes Tour (Limited Tickets Available) Friday December 13 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour (Unavailable) Friday December 13 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Combination Tower Climb (Unavailable) Saturday December 14 2019 at 11:00 AM

× Our Combination Tower Climb combines the Bell Tower and Angels and Monsters Tower Climbs into one unforgettable tour. This climb lasts about two and a half hours and costs $75 per person.

Behind the Scenes Tour (Unavailable) Saturday December 14 2019 at 1:00 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Exploring the High Altar Saturday December 14 2019 at 2:00 PM

× An in-depth look at an aspect of the Cathedral rarely available to visitors - the High Altar. Learn about the history, artisanship, and iconography represented in one of the most detailed areas of the Cathedral. Make connections across time and history, such as that of the central figure of the High Altar and one of the storied Monuments Men.

About In-depth Tours
In-depth Tours tours offer a special, in-depth look at aspects of Cathedral artisanship for visitors aged 10 and older. Reservations are suggested as attendance is limited.

Cost: $22 per adult and $18 per child, senior, military, and student (includes Cathedral admission cost)

Christmas At the Cathedral (Limited Tickets Available) Sunday December 15 2019 at 3:30 PM

× Join Washington National Cathedral for a mix of mystery and celebration of the Christmas season. Experience Benjamin Britten’s sublime “Ceremony of Carols” alongside medieval and modern Christmas favorites. Join in as we raise the roof with rousing Christmas congregational favorites with the help of the Cathedral’s grand organ and the incomparable Washington Symphonic Brass. If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you will be after this concert!

Christmas At the Cathedral Sunday December 15 2019 at 6:30 PM

× Join Washington National Cathedral for a mix of mystery and celebration of the Christmas season. Experience Benjamin Britten’s sublime “Ceremony of Carols” alongside medieval and modern Christmas favorites. Join in as we raise the roof with rousing Christmas congregational favorites with the help of the Cathedral’s grand organ and the incomparable Washington Symphonic Brass. If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you will be after this concert!

Sightseeing Admission Monday December 16 2019

× • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.

• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk

Be sure to check our calendar by clicking HERE for any closures or changes in the regular schedule on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour Monday December 16 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Monday December 16 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Sightseeing Admission Tuesday December 17 2019

× • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.

• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk

Be sure to check our calendar by clicking HERE for any closures or changes in the regular schedule on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour (Limited Tickets Available) Tuesday December 17 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Tuesday December 17 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Sightseeing Admission Wednesday December 18 2019

× • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.

• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk

Be sure to check our calendar by clicking HERE for any closures or changes in the regular schedule on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour Wednesday December 18 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Wednesday December 18 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Thursday December 19 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Thursday December 19 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Combination Tower Climb (Unavailable) Friday December 20 2019 at 1:00 PM

× Our Combination Tower Climb combines the Bell Tower and Angels and Monsters Tower Climbs into one unforgettable tour. This climb lasts about two and a half hours and costs $75 per person.

Behind the Scenes Tour Friday December 20 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

A Gospel Christmas: What Child Is This Friday December 20 2019 at 7:00 PM

× A Gospel Christmas: What Child Is This
December 20, 7 pm

Celebrate the Christmas story through scripture and exuberant song. All are welcome to this evening of festive holiday music. Join us as we welcome the Christ Child!

There is a $6 handling fee per pass. Passes will be mailed to you in December.

Joy of Christmas (Limited Tickets Available) Saturday December 21 2019 at 2:00 PM

× Celebrate the warm spirit of the season in a majestic setting. A well-loved Washington, DC holiday tradition, this concert includes Christmas favorites and a festive carol sing-along. The program will feature a newly commissioned carol by composer Alexander Levine.

Joy of Christmas Saturday December 21 2019 at 7:00 PM

× Celebrate the warm spirit of the season in a majestic setting. A well-loved Washington, DC holiday tradition, this concert includes Christmas favorites and a festive carol sing-along. The program will feature a newly commissioned carol by composer Alexander Levine.

Joy of Christmas (Limited Tickets Available) Sunday December 22 2019 at 5:00 PM

× Celebrate the warm spirit of the season in a majestic setting. A well-loved Washington, DC holiday tradition, this concert includes Christmas favorites and a festive carol sing-along. The program will feature a newly commissioned carol by composer Alexander Levine.

Behind the Scenes Tour Monday December 23 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Behind the Scenes Tour Monday December 23 2019 at 1:30 PM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

Christmas Lessons & Carols (Limited Tickets Available) Monday December 23 2019 at 6:00 PM

× Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols
December 23, 6 pm

Through readings from Holy Scripture, favorite, hymns, and choral and instrumental music, we move from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem, telling the ancient story of God’s continued love as shown in Christ.

There is a $6 handling fee per pass. Passes will be mailed to you in December.

Children's Christmas Service With Pageant Tuesday December 24 2019 at 9:30 AM

× Family Christmas Service
December 24, 9:30 am

Come one, come all for this joyful service carols, prayers, and the Nativity story! Children are invited to come dressed as angels, animals, and shepherds and join in this unrehearsed pageant.

There is a $6 handling fee per pass. Passes will be mailed to you in December.

Children's Christmas Service With Pageant Tuesday December 24 2019 at 12:00 PM

× Family Christmas Service
December 24, 12:00 pm

Come one, come all for this joyful service carols, prayers, and the Nativity story! Children are invited to come dressed as angels, animals, and shepherds and join in this unrehearsed pageant.

There is a $6 handling fee per pass. Passes will be mailed to you in December.

Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols (Unavailable) Tuesday December 24 2019 at 6:00 PM

× Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols
December 24, 6 pm

Through readings from Holy Scripture, favorite, hymns, and choral and instrumental music, we move from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem, telling the ancient story of God’s continued love as shown in Christ.

There is a $6 handling fee per pass. Passes will be mailed to you in December.

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist (Unavailable) Tuesday December 24 2019 at 10:00 PM

× Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist
December 24, 10 pm

Join us for one of the most beautiful services of the year, the Holy Eucharist of Christmas Eve. Readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, and seasonal choral and instrumental music all herald the birth of Christ. This service includes Holy Communion. Incense will be used at this service.

There is a $6 handling fee per pass. Passes will be mailed to you in December.

Sightseeing Admission Thursday December 26 2019

× • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.

• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk

Be sure to check our calendar by clicking HERE for any closures or changes in the regular schedule on the day you plan to visit.

Sightseeing Admission Friday December 27 2019

× • Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.

• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk

Be sure to check our calendar by clicking HERE for any closures or changes in the regular schedule on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour Friday December 27 2019 at 10:30 AM

× 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. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and is not suitable for children under 11.

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