What’s happening in and around the Diocese of Gloucester this Christmas

Published: Monday December 4, 2023

Advent has officially begun! There is lots happening across the Diocese of Gloucester – for people of all ages.

Whether you are looking for something fun to do with the little ones, to listen to the sound of sweet-singing choirs, or have somewhere safe to reflect and receive a warm welcome … there will be a place for you.


Cathedral Christmas experience 
5.30pm to 8.30pm, 9, 15, 16, 19, 20 and 21 December
Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX

Enjoy the decorated Cathedral by night with live music. The Monk’s Kitchen will be open for mulled wine, mince pies and other tasty treats throughout the evening.


BSL signed Christmas service for caring communities
2.30pm to 3.30pm, Thursday 7 December
St Catharine’s Church, Gloucester

All are welcome to join this carol service at St Catharine’s Church. The service will include Christmas drama, Christmas carols and mince pies. The service will be signed in BSL.


Christmas Carol Service at Saul Junction
6pm to 8pm, Saturday 9 December
Saul Junction GL2 7LA

Waterways Chaplaincy and Stroudwater Team of Churches invite you to ‘follow the star’ to a canalside, traditional Christmas Carol Service at Saul Junction on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, with the Frampton Silver Band. Come by boat – moorings available. Come by car – car parking available. Mulled wine and mince pies. Please bring your own torch.


The Big Christmas BASH
7pm, Friday 15 December
Kingfisher Church, Moor Street, Tredworth, Gloucester GL1 4NJ

In partnership with Youth For Christ Gloucestershire. secondary school age young people are invited to enjoy food, games and live music.


Messy Christmas at St Barnabas Church
10am to 12 noon, Saturday 16 December
St Barnabas Church Hall

Fancy some free fun for the family? This year our Messy Christmas is a twist on a festive favourite – forget gingerbread houses, we’ll be making gingerbread stables, complete with a set of gingerbread nativity characters and animals. We’ll be hearing the Christmas story, singing a Christmas song or two, decorating our nativity scenes and finishing with delicious refreshments. If you’d like to come and make a gingerbread stable, please book in by messaging us or emailing ku.gb1708635414ts@sa1708635414mtsir1708635414hc1708635414 so that we know how much gingerbread to bake.


Recovery Christmas party with The Nelson Trust
5pm to 10pm, Saturday 16 December
The Clean Plate, 59 Southgate Street, Gloucester Gl1 1TX

An alcohol-free, family-friendly Christmas party for the recovery community. Santa will also be making a visit to his grotto. Free-of-charge tickets are available at: www.bit.ly/RecoveryChristmasParty


Handel’s Messiah at Tewkesbury Abbey
7pm, 16 December
Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorium Bristol Ensemble will be performing Handel’s Messiah in the beautiful surroundings of the Abbey. Tickets are £20 and £15 and can be booked here: Handel Messiah at Tewkesbury Abbey event tickets from TicketSource or from the Abbey shop.


Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter’s Winchcombe
8 to 10 December
St Peter’s Church, Winchcombe

Everyone is invited to St Peter’s Church, Winchcombe for their first ever Christmas Tree Festival (free entry). Children’s activity packs, hot drinks and ‘best decorated tree’ competition.


Blue Christmas service at St Catharine’s
7.30pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 21 December
St Catharine’s, Gloucester

If you need a different sort of space around Christmas this year, join the worshipping community at St Catharine’s Church Gloucester for a warm welcome, a time of quiet reflection, some prayer and gentle music. All are welcome and there are refreshments after the service.


This is just a snapshot of some of the highlights this Advent. Please also take a look at A Church Near You for services and events running in your area.

If you are running an event at your church, please remember to add it to your A Church Near You page and use the Christmas and Advent tags, so that people can find you.


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