Get ready for some festive singing as Lincoln Cathedral prepares to hold two Christmas carol concerts this month due to popular demand.
The cathedral’s popular 4pm Christmas Eve Carol Service is always oversubscribed, so the concert including carols led by the organist and choir, will also take place at an additional new service on Monday, December 23.
The concert at 4pm on December 23 will be identical to the service the following day with the same carols and readings, allowing more people to enjoy the special Christmas atmosphere at the cathedral. It is recommended to arrive early on both days to find a seat.
Also new for this year is a Family Crib Service aimed at families with young children, which will take place at 10.30am on Christmas Eve. The short 30 minute service will take place around the crib and tell the Christmas story, with children invited to dress up as the various characters.
The Revd Canon Sal McDougall, Precentor of Lincoln, said: “It is always wonderful to see the Cathedral completely full with people celebrating and enjoying worship, but we know that it can be difficult to find a seat at the Christmas Eve Carol Service and that because the whole Cathedral is so full, many people often miss parts of the service.
“By adding a second Carol Service on December 23 it allows more people than ever to join in with this annual Christmas tradition.”
She added: “It’s also a chance for people that have other commitments on Christmas Eve to come to the Cathedral as part of their Christmas celebrations.
“We know lots of people that live in the city travel to other parts of the country to be with family over the festive period, so we hope that those who will be travelling on Christmas Eve will now also be able to visit the Cathedral and start their Christmas with us.”