A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Since 1918, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been casting a spell over congregations. With its flickering candles, pure voices and sense of wintry stillness, it’s a service that, for many, captures the very essence of Christmas. Every year, it’s broadcast live on the BBC and 450 other radio stations, reaching an estimated 30 million people around the world.

The television broadcast of the King’s carol service provides a precious moment of pre-mayhem stillness in more than two million sitting-rooms. The candle-lit choral event is one of the last sacred treasures of Christmas

The Telegraph

Held at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge – a 50-minute train ride from central London – this timeless tradition is open to everyone. At 3pm on Christmas Eve, the service begins with the singing of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. This is followed by nine bible readings, interspersed with a mix of modern and classic carols performed by the world-famous Choir of King’s College.

To secure a seat, you’ll need to arrive at the College early on Christmas Eve morning with some photographic identification. There are 500 tickets available and the College begins distributing these at 7am. If you receive a ticket, you will be invited back for the service itself at 1.30pm, for a 3pm start. Bear in mind, if you would like to attend, please don’t bring anything larger than a small handbag with you.

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24 December 2018


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