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Canterbury's Christmas Tradition

Posted by Luci Ackers on Nov 06, 2015
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What says Christmas more than a beautiful carol service in one of England's most famous cathedrals? Really get into the Christmas spirit this year by sitting in on the beautiful performance of Canterbury Cathedral's world famous choir, and enjoy as the gentle, clear notes ring throughout the elegant vaulted ceilings. There has been a choral tradition here for 1400 years, meaning the 25 choristers and 12 lay clerks who comprise the choir are part of one of the longest-established musical foundations in the world.

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the most iconic Christian structures in England. It dates from the 11th century and, together with St. Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church it forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is protected in Kent for its breathtaking mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

Perhaps most famous for the shrine of Thomas Becket, the Canterbury Cathedral has been a place of pilgrimage since his murder in 1170. This magnificent building is a spectacular sight to behold with the tall Bell Tower having dominated Canterbury's skyline for the past 500 years. The interior is no less incredible: a picturesque array of intricate Medieval architecture, Gothic stained glass, fine furnishings and elaborate crypt. The large building is a pleasure to wander around and both locals and visitors alike enjoy admiring its grand spaces.

The cathedral is very much part of the local community, hosting local, regional and even national events. On the 23rd and 24th December this year the Cathedral will be hosting its 'Carols for Christmas'. The performance on Wednesday 23rd December begins at 7.30 pm and the performance on Thursday 24th December begins at 3.00 pm. Both will be lasting two hours. It is worth remembering that on Thursday 24th the cathedral will be shut for general visiting.

The service is non-ticketed, which means entry will be given on a first come, first seated basis. Doors open at 6.00 pm on Wednesday and at 1.30 pm on Thursday. Don't miss out!

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.


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