Christmas for children and families


Take your pick of these highlights from our Christmas events that are especially enjoyable for families and children.

It is often said that children make Christmas. As adults, it can sometimes be difficult to feel the true spirit of the festive season when juggling work and financial commitments. There is no doubt that being surrounded by children and their innocent appreciation for such a happy, special time is contagious. 

Experience Christmas with the children in your life by making memories and filling it with family experiences that you'll enjoy just as much as them.

Your Cathedral is a special place to visit all year round. At Christmas time though, it feels extra magical.

Here are our top family Christmas events. Encounter the joy and peace of Christmas at Liverpool Cathedral where you can make memories of this special time together.

Action for Children Christmas Concert

05th December 2019 19:00 – 21:00

Come and join us to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as the festive season gets underway.

Bring your family and friends to this annual event, directed by Liverpool Cathedral’s very own Stephen Mannings.

Featuring performances from several Liverpool primary schools, Liverpool Cathedral Junior Choir, the Metropolitan Cathedral Junior Choir, plus the wonderfully uplifting CARJ Circle of Voices Gospel Choir and the Liverpool64 Choir, it’s sure to bring you seasonal cheer.


Lighting of the Tree and Blessing of the Crib

08th December 2019 15:00 - 16:00

A service especially suitable for children and families with the Great Choir and a live Crib. Join us for our spectacular annual service for the whole family on the second Sunday of Advent.

Sing along with the Cathedral Choir the well-known hymns and carols.

During the service, the tree is lit and everyone gathers around the crib with its ‘live’ figures, as it is blessed for Christmas.



09 – 10th December 2019 19:00 - 20:00

Join us for Liverpool Cathedral’s musical interpretation of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'. Brought to life through music, drama and dance.

Scrooge - A Musical for Schools has been written by our very own Stephen Mannings, Director of Choral Outreach and David Kernick. The two performances will feature six schools per night along with the cast and dancers.

So do join us for this theatrical Christmas treat, don’t be a Scrooge "Bah Humbug!"


Nativity Service

15th December 2019 15:00 - 15:45

As Christmas approaches, bring the whole family to see our interpretation of the traditional nativity service.

Encounter our inspiring, interactive nativity service.

Join us for the journey from the Christmas Tree to the Crib and remember the story of the first Christmas, brought to life through a variety of traditional carols plus majestic, foot-stomping, hand-clapping and head-bopping songs performed by our Junior Choir.

It's sure to bring the true meaning of the festive season home.


Holly Bough Carol Service

22nd December 2019 15:00 - 16:30

The traditional Liverpool Christmas Carol Service, marking the journey from the Crib to the Cross, including the Procession of the Holly Bough.

Come along to our service of readings and carols with the procession of the Holly Bough and Christmas trees through the Cathedral.

Join us for our unique act of worship, specially devised for Liverpool Cathedral.


Carols for Christmas Eve. Services at 2 pm and 4 pm 

24th December 2019 14:00 - 14:45 and 16:00 – 16:45

Come along to this delightful service, the ideal preparation in the lead up to Christmas Day.

This service has become so popular in recent years that we are offering it twice, so if you can’t make it at 2 pm, you can join us for the second service at 4 pm. 


Festival Eucharist for Christmas Day

25th December 2019 10:30 - 12:00

The traditional Christmas morning service with the ringing of the Cathedral Bells, the lighting of the Christmas Candle, and carols from the Great Choir.


The Snowman and A Donkey’s Tale with live orchestra

28th December 2018 17:00 & 19:30

Immerse yourself in the irresistible animated tale The Snowman, accompanied by a live orchestra. A heart-warming experience that brings more than a snowman to life, and featuring the much-loved classic ‘Walking in the Air’. A festive favourite for the whole family

The programme also includes a second animation, A Donkey’s Tale. Set on a windswept coast in the west of Ireland, it’s the heartwarming story of Dillon, an ordinary donkey with an extraordinary dream that takes him on a life-changing journey.

Recommended ages 3+