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Step into Advent

Step into Advent at the Cathedral this December! 🎄

We have a wonderful series of events that cater to all tastes and ages, making your visit a jolly enjoyable time!

Our doors are open daily for you to experience the awe inspiring play of light in our stunning cathedral.

For Families 🎉 Dive into December with the little ones! Join us for Cathedral Tots on Wednesday 6 December at 10am. Tots is free and for preschoolers and their parents/carers, featuring 'a big surprise' theme, Mary's unexpected moments, nativity mobiles, and some tasty biscuits. Plus, mark your calendar for the Christingle service on Sunday 10 December 10th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, where we will be celebrating the Light of the World with Christingle-making and festive songs. On Saturday 16 December we will be ☃️ Walking in the Air when The Snowman and a Live Orchestra comes to us for three performances at 1pm, 3.15pm and 6.30pm.  We are delighted that three of our choristers will be singing.  Book tickets here.  On Wednesday 20 December, do not miss our Family Fun Day filled with crafty activities and Christmas joy! Booking Essential via our Box Office

Our Services 🎶 All are welcome to join us this Advent and Christmas for our services.  On Sunday 3 December at 6pm all are welcome to our Advent Carol Service and on Sunday 17 December at 6pm it is our Service of Lessons and Carols (also on Monday 25 December at 4pm), immerse yourself in the story of Jesus's birth through music and readings. Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December we have our service for all ages at 4pm, Journey to Bethlehem and at 11pm The First Eucharist of Christmas. On Christmas Day, Monday 25 December we have two services, at 10am The Eucharist of Christmas Day and 4pm Lessons and Carols.

For Good Causes we are Decking the Halls 🎶 We look forward to welcoming three charities across December. On Friday 8 December at 11am we welcome the extremely popular Age UK Surrey Christmas Carol Service, featuring special guests like the Guildford Cathedral Singers, Rock Choir, and more, free to attend.

Join us for two special services, On Sunday 10 December at 7.45pm we welcome back Phyllis Tuckwell for their Light up a Life and carol concert, all are welcome. Monday 18 December at 7.30pm we warmly welcome back for the second year the Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Air Ambulance Charity Fundraising Carol Concert – a heartwarming evening for a great cause! Book your Tickets here

For the Shoppers 🎁 Get ready to finish your gift list. Saturday 2 December from 10am to 4pm, is the extremely popular at Etsy Guildford Christmas Market. With fifty stalls of locally crafted treasures, you are sure to find the perfect presents and a treat or two for yourself! Remember our Gift Shop is open Monday to Saturday too!

Shopping and Eating 🛍️🍰 After all the festive concert going and shopping, drop by our Gift Shop for cards and gifts that suit all ages. Our friendly team is ready to help you find that special something. And don’t forget to refuel at Season’s Cafe, offering mouthwatering treats from tea and cake to hearty lunches.

Parking for Cathedral Visitors 🚗 We have plenty of parking and you get free 2-hour on-site parking for Cathedral, Shop, and Cafe visitors. If your visit turns into a longer stay, go and see our friendly shop team for assistance.

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Come celebrate the season with us! 🌟