What's On Advent & Christmas 2021


Welcome to the first Christ Church 'What's On' since the pandemic began.

We are really glad to be able to invite you to join in our Advent and Christmas celebrations. We will be monitoring pandemic developments carefully and may need to make changes. Do check our website and Twitter feed for the most up-do-date announcements. Use of masks, reduced numbers and good ventilation will also help us keep everyone safe.

As Advent begins and we approach Christmas the opportunity to get together to celebrate the story of the Christian faith is a reminder that there is good news even in the most uncertain of times. We hope that you will join us in this sacred space to celebrate with beautiful music the gift of life and the deep joy that is at the heart of our world.

Canon Richard Peers, Sub Dean of Christ Church


November 2021

Saturday 27 November

6pm Cathedral Advent Carol Service

Sunday 28 November

11am University Sermon with the Rt Revd June Osborne, Bishop of Llandaff

5.30pm College Advent Carol Service*

Tuesday 30 November

6.30pm Sarcoma UK Charity Concert

December 2021

Wednesday 1 December

8.15pm College Choir Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 4 December

2.30pm Family Concert

Monday 6 December

8pm Oxford Brookes Christian Union Carol Service

Tuesday 7 December

Christingle services for local schools

8pm Oxford Brookes Christian Union Carol Service

Wednesday 8 December

6pm Frideswide Voices Advent Carol Service

Thursday 9 December

10.30 Women in Fellowship Christmas Service

Friday 10 December

8pm Macmillan Celebration of Christmas

Saturday 11 December

10.30am Christ Church Cathedral School Carol Service

Tuesday 14 December

11am Headington School Carol Service

8pm Headington School Carol Service

Wednesday 15 December

3pm Music at Oxford concert with Cathedral Choir

8pm Music at Oxford concert with Cathedral Choir

Friday 17 December

3pm Music at Oxford concert with Cathedral Choir

8pm Music at Oxford concert with Cathedral Choir

Saturday 18 December

8pm Cathedral Singers Christmas Concert

Monday 20 December

6pm Friends Carol Service

Wednesday 22 December

6pm Frideswide Voices Carol Service*

Thursday 23 December

6pm Nine Lessons and Carols* (also livestreamed)

Christmas Eve

10.30am Family Service

3pm Nine Lessons and Carols*

11.30pm Midnight Mass with Cathedral Consort*

Christmas Day

8am Holy Communion (Said)

9am Eucharist with Carols

11am Choral Eucharist for Christmas Day*

6pm Said Evening Prayer

Sunday 26 December

11am Eucharist with Carols (also livestreamed)

6pm Said Evening Prayer

January 2022

Thursday 6 January

6pm Solemn Evensong for the Feast of Epiphany with the Cathedral Singers

Sunday 9 January

8am Holy Communion (Said)

11am Sung Eucharist for Epiphany with the Cathedral Choir

6pm Choral Evensong and Volunteers' Epiphany Party

Saturday 15 January

6pm RSCM Epiphany Carol Service

Saturday 22 January

6pm Installation of Honorary Canons and admission to Order of St Frideswide

February 2022

Sunday 6 February

8am Holy Communion (Said)

11am Sung Eucharist for Candlemas with Cathedral Choir

6pm Choral Evensong for Candlemas 

*Tickets needed


Carols Cocktails and Canapés

Tuesday 30 November 6.30-9pm

A concert in aid of Sarcoma UK. Featuring the Christ Church Cathedral Consort directed by Professor Steven Grahl, the Bespoke Choir and celebrity readers Kate Winslet, Bear Grylls, Alexander Armstrong and Cressida Bonas.

Tickets: https://sarcoma.org.uk/oxford-carol-concert-2021


Family Christmas Concert

Saturday 4 December 2.30pm

Every age group from babies upwards is warmly welcomed to this fun and informal day-time concert of Christmas music. Expect angelic singing from the choristers, thunderous music from the organ and plenty of well-known carols for the audience to sing. The proceeds of this concert support Christ Church Cathedral Music Trust.

Tickets: www.musicatoxford.com 01865 244806


Macmillan Follow the Stars

Friday 10 December 8pm

Join Macmillan Cancer Support for their 25th Anniversary feast of carols, seasonal choral music and literary readings. Hear for the first time a new carol commissioned for this special event by the internationally renowned composer John Rutter. Be captivated by the sublime sounds of the Oxford Bach Soloists singing some of the nation’s most popular Christmas music.

To ensure guests are comfortably spaced, tickets have been limited and are being sold in bubbles. A free streamed version of the concert will be available online. Visit justgiving.com and search for ‘Follow the Stars’.

Tickets Oxford www.ticketsoxford.com 01865 305305


Music at Oxford's Christmas at Christ Church

Wednesday 15 December, Friday 17 December 3-4pm and 8-9pm (both days)

Music at Oxford’s famous annual celebration of Christmas in this iconic Cathedral returns after last year’s enforced break. Christmas at Christ Church celebrates the festive period with a selection of Christmas music and carols, and combines a popular mix of festive cheer and seasonal nostalgia with appropriate readings delivered by the wonderful actors Antonia Christophers and Noel Byrne. Christ Church’s world-renowned choir sings a range of music centred on the Christmas message, under the expert direction of Steven Grahl.

Tickets www.musicatoxford.com 01865 244806


Tidings of Joy: Carols for Choir and Audience

Saturday 18 December 8pm

with the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church

James Morley Potter, director

Simon Hogan, organ

Celebrate good tidings of great joy this Advent with the Cathedral Singers' traditional carol concert, always a highlight of the Cathedral's festive season. Christmas music old and new will feature, meditating on themes of joy and salvation, and there will also be the opportunity to join in with favourite carols to the accompaniment of the mighty Rieger organ.

Tickets from Tickets Oxford

Our usual pattern of worship

The daily offering of worship to God is at the heart of Christ Church. Do join us, whether for a single service or more regularly.

8am BCP Holy Communion

10am BCP Said Matins (Chapter House)
11am Choral Eucharist 
6pm Choral Evensong 

7.10/7.30 Morning Prayer and Eucharist

6pm Said Evening Prayer or Choral Evensong 

6pm Choral Evensong

1pm Holy Communion

Please note that our services begin five minutes later than ‘normal’ time, because the Cathedral keeps the old ‘Oxford Time’ (i.e. five minutes west of Greenwich). This means 6pm Oxford Time is 6.05pm GMT or BST.