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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!

With this one-time Christmas Season Pass registration, you'll have access to all of our upcoming Advent and Christmas services and concerts. Just register here, and on the day of each program you'll receive access instructions by email.

Registration is free, with an option to pay what you wish in the drop-down. Our loyal supporters help keep this programming available to all online.

Online Advent & Christmas Services
Registration for a Christmas Pass includes access to each of these services and concerts. All times below are EST.


Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, November 27, 2022, 4:00 pm
O come, O come, Emmanuel.
As we prepare for the birth of Jesus at Christmas, join us for this popular seasonal service. Readings from Holy Scripture, hymns, and seasonal choral music proclaim the coming of the Promised One. All are welcome.

Handel's Messiah, Sunday, December 4, 2022, 4 pm
Join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s Messiah and experience this Christmas classic in a space as Handel would have intended. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a venue unlike any other in Washington to experience this work.

Blue Christmas, Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 7:00 pm
At a time when so many continue to experience grief, loss, and hardship, this service of prayer, music, and reflection invites us into hope and healing. Priest Associate Patrick Keyser delivers the homily. All are welcome.

Christmas Lessons and Carols, Thursday, December 22, 2022, 6:00 pm
Readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, and instrumental music carry us from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem, telling the ancient story of God’s continued continuing love as made known in Christ. Canon Vicar Dana Colley Corsello delivers the homily. Passes required.

Christmas Family Service, Friday, December 23, 2022, 10:00 am
Heaven and nature sing!
A menagerie of live animals helps bring the Nativity to life in this joyful service of carols and prayers. Gather loved ones of all ages to welcome the Holy Family in the festively decorated Cathedral nave. Passes required.

Gospel Christmas: The Light Has Come, Friday, December 23, 2022, 6:00 pm
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Hear the good news as it comes to life in our annual service of gospel Christmas music, poetry, and readings from Holy Scripture. Canon Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas delivers the homily. Passes required.

Christmas Lessons and Carols, Saturday, December 24, 2022, 6:00 pm
Readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, and instrumental music carry us from Creation to the manger in Bethlehem, telling the ancient story of God’s continued continuing love as made known in Christ. Cathedral Dean Randolph Marshall Hollerith delivers the homily. Passes required.

Christmas Eve Festival Holy Eucharist, Saturday, December 24, 2022, 10:00 pm
Join us for one of the most beautiful services of the year as we herald the Light made known to us on this holy night. We celebrate Christ’s birth with readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, seasonal choral and instrumental music, and preaching by Cathedral Dean Randolph Marshall Hollerith. The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, presides. Passes required. This service includes Holy Communion. Incense will be used.

Christmas Day Festival Holy Eucharist, Sunday, December 25, 2022, 11:15 am
On this day earth shall ring!
Join us for the festive morning service as we mark the birth of Christ with readings from Holy Scripture, favorite hymns, seasonal choral and instrumental music, and preaching by Cathedral Provost Jan Naylor Cope. Cathedral Dean Randolph Marshall Hollerith presides. This service includes Holy Communion. Incense will be used.

Christmas Day Organ Recital Live Webcast, Sunday, December 25, 2022, 1:30 pm
Cathedral organists Thomas Sheehan and Rebecca Ehren present a program of festive Christmas music on the Cathedral’s Great Organ.