Diocese of Portsmouth

    Portsmouth Cathedral at the heart of Christmas this festive season

    22 Nov. 2021

    IN 2020, many experienced a Christmas where so many of the ways we traditionally mark the season were denied. This year, Portsmouth Cathedral welcomes all to celebrate this extraordinary time of the year, from heart-warming events to traditional carol services.

    All are invited to all to discover or rediscover the good news the Christmas season celebrates, Portsmouth Cathedral will be at the heart of Christmas this festive season. The Cathedral’s choirs will once again be uplifting spirits with joyful music throughout the Christmas period, with services continuing to be safe and comfortable for all to join. Selected services including carols, crib services and midnight mass will also be available to stream online, letting you join in the celebration and worship easily from home.

    Dean of Portsmouth, The Very Rev Dr Anthony Cane
    Dean of Portsmouth, The Very Rev Dr Anthony Cane

    Dean of Portsmouth, The Very Revd Dr Anthony Cane was pleased at the prospect of welcoming people back into the Cathedral this Christmas, “Last year we did not have the Christmas we would have expected in more ordinary times. This year, if all goes to plan, we will newly appreciate such things as family gatherings and the singing of carols. We might also rediscover the power and unexpectedness of the Christmas story, in which God seeks out the worst of human conditions and makes them the time and place to come and share our human life.”

    Much missed traditions such as the popular annual Christmas Fair, return this year thanks to the effort of volunteer organisers. The family friendly Christmas Fair will feature a variety of stalls including toys, gifts, cakes, raffles, games and much more. Children’s entertainment will run throughout the day, and you can even pay a visit to Santa himself in his magical grotto! Other events returning will also include the annual Christmas Carols by Candlelight concert, supporting the Rowans Hospice, featuring The Renaissance Choir, who once again will be singing alongside Portsmouth Cathedral’s award-winning choirs.

    Portsmouth Cathedral’s choirs and musicians
    Portsmouth Cathedral’s choirs and musicians

    New events include the Cathedral working in partnership with Love Southsea, launching the first ever Portsmouth Cathedral Christmas Gift Market. This two-day event will feature a diverse selection of local producers and creators within the festive surroundings of the nave, as well as street food, music and much more. Shoppers will also be able to enjoy a festive drink featuring The Dean’s Tipple Gin or pick up a bottle from the Cathedral Shop – the perfect gift for gin connoisseurs!

    Find out more about Christmas at Portsmouth Cathedral, including a full schedule of services and events at portsmouthcathedral.org.uk/christmas.

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