London Xmas – Christmas Services 2

If you are in London at Xmas, for business of on holiday, then if you are Christian, here are some Christmas Services in London, in addition to the one I mentioned in Part 1.

Christmas Day is the one day of the year when London practically shuts down; it does, it truly does, I’ve witnessed that. It’s hard if you have no contacts to spend the day with. I suggest you stay in the City’s central core so you can walk to what you need, and stay in a major hotel, which keeps most of its services going!

The major sights and shops are shut tight. The Tube (“Underground”) and London buses don’t run, as most people are at home. But, as I said, this is also the ideal time to take advantage of the crowd-free streets and go for a stroll. If you need guidance, the people at London Walks are hosting two walking tours on Christmas Day.

Most churches hold Xmas services in London on Christmas Day. St. Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square (near the nation’s Xmas tree) and Westminster Abbey are among the most spectacular.

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral Christmas Carol services in London are the most famous and are on-going from late November. These are traditional, Anglican Christmas services and carols at St Paul’s, which is the spiritual home of Great Britain.

    The excessively popular Midnight Mass service and carol concert will happen today under Sir Christopher Wren’s great dome, which dominates much of the City skyline. The great church from the 1600s fills with the sound of the Cathedral Choir.

    St. Paul’s cathedral formed the centerpiece of the reconstruction of London after its Great Fire of 1666 and then miraculously went on to survive the German Luftwaffe Blitz in World War 2, when most of the surrounding area was flattened by German bombing raids. This church consequently acted as an inspirational symbol of British strength in the nation’s “darkest hour” and is now an icon of resurrection and rebirth – a potent symbol of all that is associated with Christianity.

    Here’s the remainder of St. Paul’s Cathedral’s 2009 schedule.

    Thurs, December 24, 2009, Christmas Eve, 4pm: Christmas Carol Service
    Thursday, Christmas Eve, 11.30pm: Midnight Eucharist
    Friday , Christmas Day, 8am: Holy Communion
    Friday, Christmas Day, 11am: Sung Eucharist
    Friday, Christmas Day, 3.15pm: Festal Evensong
    Saturday, December 26, 5pm: Music and Readings for Christmas
    Sunday, December 27 10.15am: Choral Mattins
    Sunday, 11.30am: Sung Eucharist
    Sunday, 3.15pm: Choral Evensong

    Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral
    Address: St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD
    Phone: 020 7236 4128
    Date: 29th November 2009 – 27th December 2009
    Time: Various times
    Pricing: FREE
    Nearest Station: St Paul’s Tube – the Underground is NOT available Xmas Day

  • St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols & Services are popular and centrally located on Trafalgar Square, near the nation’s Xmas tree. This tree is perhaps the most famous Christmas tree in the world as for over half a century, since 1947, Trafalgar Square has been adorned with a majestic Norwegian Christmas Tree – an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for support, friendship and rescue during World War Two.

    The giant evergreen is an integral part of Christmas in London and is always a supremely beautiful tree towering high alongside Nelson’s Column. It is always decorated only with authentic Norwegian white lights. Once the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree is lit, the lights remain on from noon until midnight daily, throughout the festive season until the Twelfth Night of Christmas in early January.

    The nearby church of St Martin-in-the-Fields is a familiar venue for any American used to listening to classical music and concerts on PBS. Throughout December, the church offers a range of services and carols that would get even Scrooge singing! As it is very close to London’s Chinatown, they offer services for that community, too.

    Thursday, December 24, 2009 Christmas Eve, 2.30pm: Crib Family Service
    Thursday, Christmas Eve, 2.30pm: 6.30pm: Parish Carol Service
    Thursday, Christmas Eve, 2.30pm: 11.30pm: Midnight Mass
    Friday, December 25, Christmas Day, 10.30am: Eucharist
    Friday, Christmas Day, 2.15pm: Communion Service in Mandarin and Cantonese

    St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols & Services
    29th November 2009 until 25th December 2009 – Various times
    Address: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, WC2N 4JJ
    Telephone: 020 7766 1100

  • Pack inside one of London’s most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service right through to Christmas Day. Westminster Abbey has been at the center of royal and religious life in Britain since the time of William the Conqueror. Following the successful Norman invasion of the British Isles, William was crowned here on Christmas Day 1066.

    It’s easy to lose sight of what Christmas is all about in the sea of commercialism, but sitting surrounded by the majestic history of the Abbey’s nave, this will help remind you of the Christian religious message. These awe-inspiring surroundings provide a memorable venue for an evening of lessons and carols.

    There are services at the Abbey at:
    Thursday, December 24, 2009 Christmas Eve, 4pm & 11.30pm
    Friday, Christmas Day, 10.30am & 3pm

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    Venue: Westminster Abbey
    Address: Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA
    Phone: 020 7222 5152
    Date: December 24th & 25th, 2009
    Time: Mon to Sat 9.30am-3.30pm | Open Sundays for services
    Pricing: FREE
    Nearest Tube: Westminster / St James’s Park Tube

  • On the South Bank of the River Thames, Southwark Cathedral’s has popular candlelight carol services. For the Cathedral Carol Service, most of the singing is done by the boys, girls and men of the Cathedral Choir, and of course, the congregation will get a chance to join in. Festive music will be interspersed with readings taken from St Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus.

    Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 11.30pm: Midnight Mass
    Friday, Christmas Day, 9am: Eucharist with Carols
    Friday, Christmas Day, 11am: Choral Eucharist

    Venue: Southwark Cathedral
    Address: Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, Bankside, SE1 9DA
    Phone: 020 7367 6700
    Date: 29th November 2009 – 25th December 2009
    Time: Various times
    Pricing: FREE
    Nearest Station: London Bridge Tube

  • Other Xmas concerts in London:

    The climax of the Royal Albert Hall’s Christmas carols program is this dimly lit, traditional, Christmas celebration which mixes sing-a-long carols with readings from Dickens (A Christmas Carol) and the Bible (The Birth of the Infant Jesus).

    The name is not really accurate as for safety reasons, there are no actual candles lighting the hall, just a ‘candle-lit style setting’. However, the performers are all in eighteenth century costume, and the hall splendidly decorated to create a thoroughly festive atmosphere. Expect all the Christmas classics. .

    Thurs 24 Dec – 2.30pm & 7pm
    Price: £11.50-£42.50
    Underground Stations
    South Kensington Tube (12 minutes)
    Gloucester Road Tube (12 minutes)

    Address: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, SW7 2AP
    Telephone: 020 7589 3203

    Have a Happy, Peaceful and safe Holy Day.
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