Local Christmas Carol, Crib, Christingle and Nativity Services 2014

An evensong at newly restored St Mark's, Herne Hill

Many local churches have already had their carol and nativity events - in some cases with live animals! But here’s a shortlist of what’s left through Christmas Day in our area by location. Many will hold New Year and Epiphany events, some of these choral. Check church websites, which are included. We are stressing choral and family events which include Christingle, Crib, Nativity or “Messy” church events (arts and crafts) where possible, and as often as possible Carol services we’ve attended and enjoyed in the past. If we included every Christmas church service at every area church we’d never find time to post up … so this is by no means an exhaustive list. But we’ll add to it if some of the churches reply to queries we’ve left! We begin in Herne Hill, then fan out to Tulse Hill, Brixton and Dulwich. Start singing your scales - our caroling list begins tonight the 18th for St Stephen's South Dulwich at 7pm! Rollup for wonderful atmosphere!

Perhaps we can build on this year on year, especially here are no comprehensive Christmas events listing pages when it comes to church-based events. We have left queries with a number of churches in the area whose websites list little and whose phones go straight to voicemail, but we will add to this list if more info comes in. And if you have a listing to add, please comment, or add comments to our Facebook post of this item - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Herne-Hill-Forum/455633790432


St Faith’s, Herne Hill/North Dulwich (Red Post Hill SE24 9JQ)
4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Christingle and Carols - service for all ages followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
Christmas Eve: Christmas Carols and Story around the Crib 4pm. For families. Dress up and come as a shepherd, king or angel!

St Faith's in Red Post Hill

Herne Hill United Church, Herne Hill (Red Post Hill SE24 9PW)
4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Communion Service and children and young people making Christingles 10:30am • Carols by Candlelight 6:30pm. Traditonal style service with readings and carols, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

St Paul’s & St Saviour’s (twin) Parish, Herne Hill (Herne Hill SE24 9LY • Herne Hill Road SE24 0AY)
4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st at St Paul’s: Christmas Carol Service in recently restored St Paul’s 6:30pm

  • TULSE HILL (near Brockwell Park)

Holy Trinity and Saint Matthias Church, Tulse Hill (Trinity Rise SW2 2QP)
4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Carols By Candlelight 6:30pm


Christ Church, Brixton (90 Brixton Road SW9 6BE)


4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Carols by Candlelight Service 6:30pm

St Matthew with St Jude, Brixton (Brixton Hill SW2 1JF)
4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Christingle Carol Service with  Holy Communion followed by mulled wine and mince pies, 10am


St Stephen’s, South Dulwich (College Road SE21 7HN)
Thurs Dec 18th: Dulwich Choral Society Christmas Carol Concert 7pm
4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Festival of Lessons and Carols 6pm
Christmas Eve: Blessing of the crib 4pm • Midnight Mass 11pm
Christmas Day: Choral Eucharist 10am

St John The Evangelist, East Dulwich (62A East Dulwich Road, London SE22 9AT)
4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 6pm
Christmas Eve: Midnight Mass 11:30pm

St Thomas More Catholic Church, Dulwich (380 Lordship Lane East Dulwich SE22 8ND)
Christmas Eve: Carols followed by Family Mass 6pm and Carols followed by First Christmas Mass 11:30pm

All Saints, West Dulwich/Herne Hill (Lovelace Road SE21 8JY)
Friday Dec 19th: smAll Saints Nativity 10:30am
First Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Christmas Carol Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies 4pm
Christmas Eve: Christingle Service & Nativity Play 4pm • L’Arche Community Nativity 7:30pm  
Christmas Day: Family Eucharist and Nativity Play 10am

All Saints in Lovelace Road

St Barnabas, Dulwich Village (40 Calton Avenue SE21 7DG)
4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Carol service with readings
Christmas Eve: Crib Service - children invited to come dressed as a Christmas character 3pm and 4:30pm

Christchurch, Dulwich (263 Barry Road SE22 0JT)
Sunday Dec 21st: Christingle Service through the Junior Church Group 5pm