Commencing with a splendid and contemplative Advent Procession, a fully booked concert featuring the Black Dyke Band, and a thrilling collaboration with the Royal Opera House, Bradford Cathedral’s Advent and Christmas season persists with additional services and events leading up to, and encompassing, Christmas Day.

On the 23rd of December, Saturday, Bradford Cathedral will host ‘An International Christmas’. All are invited to this casual Christmas service, showcasing music and readings from Christians hailing from Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, Sudan, Hong Kong, and other communities in and around Bradford.

The complimentary service, commencing at 6 pm, will wrap up with light refreshments, including cuisine from various cultural traditions.

The Revd Ned Lunn, Canon for Intercultural Mission and the Arts, says; “Jesus Christ came to bring good news to all peoples and nations; to all cultures and languages. We remind ourselves each year that the angels announced his birth with a joyful song heralding peace to all humankind and this year particularly we’re inviting all to join that song as we weave this good news into the rich fabric of our city.

“With as many different tongues from our diverse Christian community across the district we will proclaim the unique message of Christmas for our city and beyond. We invite you to come and join the song.”

In addition to this service, there are other services in the next two weeks that are free to attend, including ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ (Sunday, 17th December, 6 pm), ‘Christmas Meditation’ (Wednesday, 20th December, 1 pm), and the ‘Messy Cathedral Crib Service’ – an interactive service of storytelling, craft, music, and prayers – on Christmas Eve at 3 pm.

Already, ‘The City Carol Service’ on Monday, 18th December, has sold out, and tickets for the renowned ‘Annual Lunchtime Carol Recital’ on Saturday, 23rd December, at 1 pm are in high demand. Those eager to attend the annual recital of music, poetry, and beloved carols are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

The season transitions into Christmas with a Midnight Eucharist at 11 pm on Christmas Eve and the Christmas Day Sung Eucharist the following morning at 10:30 am.

For more details about all these services and events, and to reserve your spot, you can visit the Bradford Cathedral website or contact the Cathedral office.

In addition to this program, you can explore the Bradford BID Light Curtain and the Crib by the State Gate by following the star illuminated in the Cathedral’s tower!

Apart from events at the Cathedral, you can go online to:

– Listen to a daily ‘Organ Advent Calendar’ piece.
– Watch a recording of ‘The First Nowell’ by acclaimed composer Bob Chilcott sung by the Bradford Cathedral Consort.
– Engage in craft and activity videos as part of the Bradvent Calendar.
– Send a special Bradford Cathedral Ecard to your friends and family.

For more information about all the events and services happening in December, you can visit bradfordcathedral.org.uk/advent-christmas.