Celebrating the Season: Christmas & New Year's Eve

This year, the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve fall on the same day.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 24, 10:30 am
Choral Eucharist at the High Altar. Join us for a combined service at 10:30 am, as we observe the final Sunday of Advent. This service takes the place of the 9 and 11 am Eucharist.

Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 24, 4 pm
The Cathedral Choristers are joined by members of the Cathedral Choir in this family-friendly service, featuring readings, Christmas carols, and larger-than-life puppets to tell the Christmas story. Kent Tritle and Associate Choirmaster Bryan Zaros lead the Choristers. No passes are needed to attend!

Variations on ‘A la venue de Noel’ - Pierre Cochereau (1924-1984)
(L’art de l’improvisation, 1974, transcribed by Francois Lombard)

Chorale Prelude on ‘In dulci jubilo’, BWV 729 - J S Bach (1685-1750)
Sortie on ‘In dulci jubilo’ - David Briggs (b.1962)

Christmas Eve Festal Eucharist
Sunday, December 24, 10:30 pm
Prelude music begins at 10 PM. The Bishop of New York celebrates the Eucharist and preaches. The Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra perform a festive mass setting and anthems, as well as classic Christmas carols. Special guests Paul Winter and Susanna Phillips join to celebrate the Christmas spirit.

This beloved service is open to all. Passes are not needed to attend this service—there is plenty of seating!

Christmas Day Choral Eucharist
Monday, December 25, 10:30 am
The Dean preaches and the Cathedral Choir sings. This will be the only liturgy this day.

Sunday Worship on New Year’s Eve
Sunday, December 31, 8 am
Spoken Eucharist

Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am
Choral Eucharist at the High Altar. Today, the 9 and 11 am services combine, as we mark the end of the year in fellowship together.

There will be no 4 pm Evensong this day.

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace
Sunday, December 31, 7 pm
Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Convert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. This year we begin with Haydn’s glorious Te Deum and continue with the U.S. premiere of See the Wretched Strangers by composer Lucas Wiegerink. A series of songs about our shared Earth continues the theme of neighborly compassion and the renewal of hope for the coming year. Wrapping up this year’s performance, we celebrate the concert’s founder by performing chorales from Leonard Bernstein’s own Mass.

New Year’s Eve Watchnight Service
Sunday, December 31, 11 pm
Join the Cathedral community in ringing in the New Year with this special late-night service.

New Year’s Day Eucharist
Monday, January 1, 2018, 10:30 am
Please note, this Eucharist will be the only service on New Year’s Day.

For information on daily services, browse the calendar or visit the main Worship page.