Carol marathon at St Albans Abbey

PUBLISHED: 16:40 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 17:39 17 December 2014

St Albans Abbey

St Albans Abbey

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Six carol services in just one day, plus the unique sight of a metre-high, hand-knitted Nativity scene await festive visitors at St Albans Cathedral on Saturday, December 20.

St Albans AbbeySt Albans Abbey

Six carol services in just one day, plus the unique sight of a metre-high, hand-knitted Nativity scene await festive visitors at St Albans Cathedral on Saturday, December 20.

Carols on the Hour attracts thousands of families, shoppers and visitors to the city on the last shopping Saturday before Christmas. Each carol service lasts just 30 minutes - enough time to sing some uplifting carols with local and Cathedral choirs, and to get a real taste of Christmas in one of the UK’s oldest cathedrals.

Richard Watson, Sub Dean at St Albans Cathedral said: “Last year we welcomed over 5,000 people over the 6 services of the day, many of whom also came to enjoy the Christmas Market in the grounds of the Cathedral, and to soak up the festive atmosphere.

“It’s great that so many people find a visit to St Albans Cathedral helps make their Christmas special.”

Choirs involved include St Albans Rock Choir, The Choir of St Peter’s, The Big Sing Community Choir and the Parish Singers.

Also on show will be the unique sight of the Knitivity – a hand-knitted Nativity scene with metre-high figures. All the figures have been knitted by Ann Hudson, who has clocked up well over 350 hours of knitting time.

Carols on the Hour is free and no tickets are required – just turn up on the hour any time between 11am and 4pm.

The Abbot’s Kitchen at the Cathedral will be serving a full range of festive refreshments throughout the day.

Details of all Christmas services, including the Crib Service on Christmas Eve, are available on the Cathedral website, www.stalbanscathedral.org


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