What’s on in York: Nine Lessons and Carols at York Minster at 4:00pm


4:00pm  – Nine Lessons and Carols
Our most-popular service of the season consisting of nine special readings, carols sung by the York Minster Choir, and hymns for everyone to join in. A traditional Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
(Approx running time: 75 minutes)

Capacity is expected to be reached for this service so please arrive in good time.

West doors open from 2pm and will close at 3.45pm.

Admission after this time is not guaranteed. Please note that all seats are on a first come, first served basis and reservations cannot be made for those not in the building.

Other Services

12noon – Crib Service
Traditional and popular family service. All welcome to attending; dressing up encouraged! West doors open from 9am; facilities for prams etc will be provided. (Approx running time: 75 minutes)

11.30pm  – First Eucharist of Christmas (West doors open at 10.45pm)
Traditional ‘Midnight Mass’ with music from the St William’s Singers and York Young Soloists.
Preacher: The Revd Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood
(Approx running time: 90 minutes)

All services are free to attend and tickets are not required.

Quiet in York centre this Christmas Eve …. so far

It’s been a quiet start to Christmas Eve. Morning storms appear to have passed by now, leaving a  lot of surface water on roads and footpaths where drains are blocked. There are particular problems on Mount Vale, under the Leeman Road railway bridges and on Carr Lane.

Only a few people have ventured into the City centre and there are car parking spaces available in most car parks. They may however fill up quickly this afternoon as public transport begins to wind down.

The St Nicholas fair is now closed although the Shambles Market is doing some brisk business.

There is a lot of tree detritus and fallen leaves on the paths so care is required.


Shambles (Newgate) market is open

The St Nicholas Fair has ended

The St Nicholas Fair has ended

Slippery leaves pose a threat for unwary pedestrians and cyclists

Slippery leaves pose a threat for unwary pedestrians and cyclists

Innovative forms of transport may be needed later today

Innovative forms of transport may be needed later today