Christmas Services

Christmas Services at St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide

St Peter’s Cathedral in North Adelaide offers people the chance to celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, in all the richness and beauty of Anglican cathedral worship. A range of services beginning on Christmas Eve is offered. Visitors are welcome at all services.

24 December – Christmas Eve

  • 4.00pm Children’s Crib Service – an increasingly popular family celebration where children are invited to dress up as shepherds or angels, Marys, Josephs and innkeepers (costumes provided) and form the nativity tableaux.
  • 7.00pm The very popular Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – the Cathedral Choir leads the singing of traditional and modern carols and congregational hymns for Christmas, while the ancient prophecies and birth narratives are read. Brass players add that something extra.
  • 11.00pm Midnight Mass. You’ll need to get in early if you want a seat as so many people experience the mystery of Christmas. The Cathedral Choir will sing Mozart’s Spatzenmesse, and choir and congregation join together to sing the grand Christmas hymns. The baby Jesus is placed in the crib and the service ends with a rendering of Widor’s Toccata on the organ.

25 December – Christmas Day

  • 8.00am Christmas Eucharist – a quiet early morning celebration with a few Christmas Carols to sing together (Book of Common Prayer)
  • 10.00am Choral Eucharist – join Christians around the world as the birth of Jesus is celebrated. The bells, the choir and congregation ring and sing out God’s praises. A parallel children’s programme is offered and the crib is blessed.



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