Sheffield Cathedral to host festive light show ‘The Beginning’

For Sheffield Cathedral there’s no better place to start Christmas celebrations than at The Beginning, the Cathedral’s Christmas lights spectacular which returns to Sheffield this year for six nights. The Beginning opens on Tuesday 30 November and runs through to Sunday 5 December.

In December 2019 the Cathedral hosted its first ever light show ‘The Angels are Coming’. The event was a huge success with nearly 12,000 people enjoying the show.

“The Angels are Coming was evocative, spine-tingling and just wonderful. And to have the rest of the building lit only by candlelight was inspired. I don’t think I have ever seen the Cathedral look so beautiful,” one visitor said.

The Beginning at Sheffield Cathedral

The Beginning opens on Tuesday 30 November and runs through to Sunday 5 December. Use the voucher code ‘EXPOSED15’ at the bottom of this post for a 15% discount.

After this sensational debut, the Cathedral’s light show comes back after being postponed last year because of the COVID pandemic. This year visitors will be captivated by awe-inspiring illuminations projected across the exterior facade of the Cathedral which will include the telling of the Nativity story. Then come inside and be entranced by an immersive multi-sensory experience with music and lights inspired by the cathedral’s stained-glass windows and enjoy more than 30 beautifully decorated Christmas trees.

“The celebration of the birth of Christ signifies new hope,” says The Reverend Canon Keith Farrow, Vice Dean and Canon Missioner of Sheffield Cathedral. “The Beginning represents this in so many ways. It is the beginning of Advent and the anticipation of Christmas at the Cathedral and we want to share the hope and joy of the Christmas story with everyone. Everyone is welcome to start their Christmas celebrations with us.”

The Beginning at Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Cathedral is once again collaborating with award-winning Luxmuralis to bring ‘The Beginning’ to Sheffield. Artistic Director Peter Walker says: “We are delighted to be able to return to Sheffield and present this newly adapted work. The people are fantastic and we know the city comes alive at Christmas. We are looking forward to working with the Cathedral again and everyone enjoying the uplifting light show and beautiful music.”

Tickets for The Beginning are on sale online at this link, or in person from the Cathedral Gift Shop. Adults: £7.50 Children aged 3-15 (under 3s free): £6 Carers: £3 (contact Sheffield Cathedral to purchase)


For all the more information about events at Sheffield Cathedral this Christmas including carol concerts and services visit the Cathedral’s website.

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