Christmas services at Peterborough Cathedral – in person and online

December 13, 2021

Christmas services at Peterborough Cathedral will go ahead as planned this year but with advance booking required for many of them, and selected services also online.

Amongst the popular services to be held (for which booking is required) are the Business and Shoppers’ Carols on Tuesday 14 December at 5.30pm, the Christingle Service on Sunday 19 December at 3.00pm, and the Christmas Eve services at 4.00pm, 8.00pm and 11.30pm. The only Christmas Day service for which booking is required is the 11.00am Christmas Eucharist. Other services that day are at 8.00am, 10.00am and 3.30pm.

Worshippers attending in person will be required wear a face covering, unless they are exempt, in line with current government regulations. They are also asked to observe the Cathedral’s guidelines for worshippers.

The services to be live streamed are the 4.00pm Lessons and Carols service on Christmas Eve, and the 11.00am Eucharist on Christmas Day. These can be viewed via the Cathedral’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and website. The services will remain online for a short while after streaming so it is possible to watch them after the set time on Facebook or YouTube. There will also be a pre-recorded service, going live via these channels, at 9.30am on Christmas Day. There will also be a pre-recorded service, going live at 9.30am on Christmas Day.

The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said: “In the midst of so much uncertainty and anxiety it’s more important than ever this year that we are able to gather for worship, for ‘sweet singing in the choir’, and to remind ourselves of the extraordinary story at the heart of Christmas: the birth of Jesus, the One who was also named Emmanuel which means, God is with us. That’s our hope and that’s the source of joy to a troubled world.”

To find out more and make your booking – free of charge, although donations are invited – please visit

All arrangements may be subject to change, should the government’s Covid regulations change.