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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Start date
24 December 2015
End date
24 December 2015
King's College Chapel Cambridge CB2 1ST
+44 (0) 1223 331250 (chapel office)
The Drummer Street bus station is around five minutes' walk from the College.
Please note that the College has no parking spaces. The town car parks are a relatively short distance from the College, but do allow extra time for parking since the city is always busy.

The original service of Nine Lessons and Carols derives from a service which the clergyman E W Benson first gave in the wooden hut he called Truro Cathedral on Christmas Eve, 1880. Benson went on to become Archbishop of Canterbury, which is probably how his favourite service became so popular. Bear in mind that anyone joining the queue before 9am should gain admission, but this is not guaranteed, and young children are not advised to attend.

Other Events

  • Cambridge Word Fest

    27 Nov

    Held in the heart of the city, the biannual Cambridge Word Fest is warmly received in this illustrious literary landscape. Attracting well-known contemporary writers and artists, its programme of readings, talks and workshops caters to all ages.

  • Christmas at Wimpole

    03 Dec

    Celebrate Christmas in traditional style with Christmas in the Stable Courtyard at Wimpole Hall. This special event includes live Christmas carols played by a brass band as well as mulled wine, roast chestnuts and Santa's grotto.
  • Mill Road Winter Fair

    04 Dec

    The Mill Road Winter Fair celebrates the quirky community spirit and multiculturalism that make this road in Cambridge so special. Restaurants along the street prepare special foods from different cultures, while locals show off their musical and artistic talents.
  • Christmas & New Year Ghost Tour

    12 Dec

    Scudamore's Punting Company's Christmas & New Year Ghost Tour combines a spine-chilling, candle-lit punting tour with a spooky guided walk through Cambridge. It starts at the Mill Lane station and finishes at Market Square. Booking is recommended.
  • Ipswich Transport Museum

    26 Nov

    Housed in a 1937 trolleybus depot, Ipswich Transport Museum has an extensive collection of local transport - either built in the area or used to transport its populace around. Visitors can discover old buses, cars, bicycles, fire engines and trams.
  • Sculpture Promenade

    26 Nov

    After the success of its inaugural year, Cambridge's Sculpture Promenade returns to the grounds of the Fitzwilliam Museum. A free installation of contemporary sculpture, it showcases works by some of the most talented artists working today.