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The Cathedral Illuminated 2020: The Manger


Lichfield Cathedral will be hosting the award-winning The Cathedral Illuminated in a different format to create an enjoyable and COVID-secure experience for everyone.

‘The Cathedral Illuminated 2020: The Manger’ will be taking place from 16-22 December, with special earlier showings from 17:00 on into the evening. This year the event will be completely outside, with a safe one-way route created around the Close and significantly reduced number of time slots per evening. The spectacular light and sound show will be viewed facing the front of the Cathedral, where there is ample room for people to enjoy the show whilst remaining safe and socially distanced from other households.

To mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol, a special piece has been created in collaboration with the Dickens Museum London to kick off the illuminations. Following this there will be a light and sound celebration of everything Christmassy - trees, presents, carols, lights and Santa. The grand finale to the Cathedral Illuminated will be a visual re-telling of the Christmas story, using footage of the inside of the Cathedral as a backdrop to the story. It is set to be a joyous event to add to our calendars.

This year’s Cathedral Illuminated is made possible in part by the support of Richard Winterton Auctioneers. Richard Winterton expresses his delight at sponsoring such an important event in the Lichfield calendar: “Each year The Cathedral Illuminated brings so much joy and festive cheer to the city and we fervently hope that this year it will also serve as a beacon of light to a brighter future built on the joy of Christmas.”

Lichfield Cathedral is also pleased to announce a partnership with St Pauls Cathedral in Minnesota, USA. Many will remember Minnesota for events earlier in the year, being at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement following the tragic death of George Floyd in May 2020. St Pauls Cathedral in Minnesota will be projecting parts of the Cathedral Illuminated show onto their own building during the first 3 days of the illuminations in Lichfield – a truly unique International display of solidarity.

The Cathedral Illuminated will run from 16-22 December 2020, with timed tickets from 17:00 into the evening. Tickets are £5.50 for adults, £4 for children (under 5s are free) and £16 for a family. Tickets for the Cathedral Illuminated are available on the website:

Lichfield Cathedral was awarded the ‘Good to Go’ trade mark in July due to its compliance and implementation of COVID-secure measures.

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  • Tickets are £5.50 for adults, £4 for children (under 5s are free) and £16 for a family.

Dates / Times

Wed 16th Dec 2020 - Tue 22nd Dec 2020