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There are lots of fun activities for Children and Families to look forward to at Ely Cathedral this Christmas. Admission to any of these events is free and everyone is very welcome!

Christingle Service in aid of the Children's Society

7 December, 3pm

Christingle was established by the Moravian Church in 1747 as a symbol of Christ's light and love. The Children's Society introduced it to the Church of England in 1968 and it has since become a popular family celebratory and community event that takes place in thousands of churches and schools across the country. The celebrations are named after the Christingles that are lit during the service which are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle.

The Big Christmas Tree Light Switch-on Service!

8 December, 5.15pm

Back by popular demand! Come and see the biggest, most spectacular Christmas tree in Ely as we countdown to the switching on of the lights. This popular event designed for young children and families celebrates the festive season in song and prayer, concluding with the blessing of the magnificent tree complete with fairy dust! Once the lights are switched on why not take the opportunity for a family photo in front of the beautiful, sparkling tree.

Christmas Story and Song Time

12 December, 11am

Meet at the Christmas tree.

A very special service recommended for younger children re-telling the Christmas Story in the wonderful setting of Ely Cathedral. This short service will include storytelling, delicious snacks plus songs and prayers in preparation for Christmas.

Recommended for children up to the age of 5 with their parents or carers.

Community Christmas Carol Sing-a-long

14 December, 2pm

Forget the Christmas shopping for an hour! Come and sing-a-long to your favourite carols accompanied by the brilliant Littleport Brass Band. With Christmas music, readings and prayers. 

Children's Crib Services

24 December, Midday and 3pm

The children of the Cathedral re-tell the story of Christmas in this wonderful tableau of shepherds, angels, wise men. With well-known Christmas carols and a sense of awe and wonder as we all await the celebrations of the birth of Jesus.

Junior Church

The Children of Ely Cathedral will be preparing for Christmas on 1, 8, 15, 22 December. The Children meet in the South Transept of the Cathedral during the main 10.30am Eucharist for activities and crafts exploring the story of Jesus. If you would like to come along just ring June on 01353 656959.