Sheffield Cathedral set to host Christmas lights spectacular

Sheffield Cathedral set to host Christmas lights spectacular

02 November 2021

For Sheffield Cathedral, there’s no better place to start the festive celebrations than at The Beginning, as the Cathedral is set welcome another Christmas lights spectacular...

Taking place over six nights, The Beginning will present another stunning sensory experience of light and sound, opening on Tuesday 30 November and running through to Sunday 5 December.

In December 2019, Sheffield Cathedral hosted its first ever light showm ‘The Angels are Coming’, which was a huge success with nearly 12,000 children, adults and families 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.

This year, visitors will once again be captivated by awe-inspiring illuminations projected across the exterior facade of the Cathedral, which will include the telling of the Nativity story. Visitors will then be welcomed into the building, to 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.” 

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 new 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.”

The Cathedral is ‘A Place for All People’ and this Christmas, The Beginning will be the perfect start to your festive season.

Tickets for The Beginning are on sale from or in person from the Cathedral's 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: