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Things to See and Do

Things to See and Do

Alongside the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, you will discover a vibrant calendar of world-class events, performances, exhibitions, family activities and festive services to suit all tastes, at Exeter Cathedral this Christmas.

Christmas Events at Exeter Cathedral:


Saturday 30 November 2024, 4pm
All are welcome to Exeter Cathedral’s Christingle Service where we look to Christmas and use the Christingle to tell the story of Jesus. This service will last around 30 minutes and is particularly suitable for young children and their carers. Popular hymns will be sung and the choir will include children who are partaking in the Cathedral’s Be a Chorister for a Day.


Advent Procession

Sunday 1 December 2024, 6pm
Join us for the start of the Advent Season, as we look for the coming, the “adventus” of Jesus at Christmas.  The choir will lead us in singing advent carols and anthems in this atmospheric service. 



Handel’s Messiah with the Exeter Cathedral Choir

Sunday 8 December 2024, 2:30pm
The Exeter Cathedral Choir will be teaming up with early-music specialists Devon Baroque for a seasonal performance of Handel’s Messiah.
The proceeds from this concert will support the work of the Exeter Cathedral Music Foundation Trust.

Advent & Christmas Services 2023 at Exeter Cathedral:

Saturday 25 November
4pm: Christingle service

Sunday 3 December
6pm: Advent Carol service

Monday 4 December
2pm: Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carol Service

Wednesday 6 December
7pm: Christmas with the Cathedral Choir

Friday 8 December
7pm: Christmas with the Cathedral Choir

Monday 11 December
7pm: Christmas with the Cathedral Choir

Sunday 17 December
4pm: The Exeter Nativity

Tuesday 19 December
1pm: Lunchtime Carols at Exeter Cathedral

Wednesday 20 December 
6:45pm: Light up a Life Hospiscare Service

Thursday 21 December
1pm: Lunchtime Carols at Exeter Cathedral

Saturday 23 December
12 noon: Crib Service
6pm: Grandisson Carol Service *tickets for this service will be available from Sunday 26 November

Christmas Eve (Sunday 24 December)
6pm: Grandisson Carol Service *tickets for this service will be available from Sunday 26 November
11:30pm: Midnight Mass

Christmas Day (Monday 25 December)
8am: Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10am: Choral Eucharist
11:45am: Choral Matins
4pm: Choral Evensong including carols from the Minstrels’ Gallery

Festive Family Fun Activities 2023

Discover a range of festive family fun activities at Exeter Cathedral including a Christmas colouring competition, Nativity Trail and £1 Seasonal Activity Packs. Find out more >