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Celebrate Advent and Christmas with us

We are hosting a number of special services, concerts and events to mark this most holy time in the Christian calendar. Highlights include the Advent Procession with Carols on 1 December, Compline (every Tuesday in December), Hark! the Herald Carol Concert on 21 December, Carol Services on 22 and 24 December, Midnight Mass - First Eucharist of Christmas, Christmas Day Sung Eucharist, Christmas Day Lunch, Christmas Day Evensong with Carols and a Service of Readings and Carols on 29 December.

Service Times Changes

26 December - 1 January 2020 (inc.) the following applies:

Morning Prayer - 8.30am
Holy Communion - 9am
Evening Prayer/Evensong - 4pm
Sunday 29 December - Normal service times

The Cathedral is open from 7am daily including Christmas Day. From 26 December - 1 January the Cathedral opens at 8am.

Ely Cathedral Shop

Visit our Christmas Gift Shop to see our full range of seasonal merchandise including gifts, tableware, decorations and cards. All Cathedral Christmas cards and a small selection of our Christmas gift range are available to buy online. (There is no Cathedral admission charge to access the Shop or the Refectory Café) Our specially themed Cathedral Christmas shop is open seven days a week and offers a perfect Christmas shopping opportunity selling cards, wrapping paper, tree decorations, festive tableware and wonderful gifts.

The Refectory Café, located inside the Cathedral, offers a selection of homemade cakes and seasonal refreshments.

The Almonry, situated in the Cathedral's beautiful grounds, provides an appealing menu of traditional festive produce served in the 13th century Undercroft.


Throughout December (except for 25 and 26 December) our visitors can enjoy daily tours of the Cathedral ground floor by one of our specialist guides. Those feeling more adventurous can climb the Octagon Tower* to view the Nave in all its glory from 170 feet above. (*Octagon Tours available at the weekends and subject to availability mid-week).