The Magic of Christmas starts at The Beginning

Posted by: Sam Pegg
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Sheffield Cathedral's Christmas lights spectacular, 'The Beginning', returns to Sheffield this year for six nights.

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 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.


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.” 

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’. 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 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

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In the first instance, for more information email: or call 0114 275 3434.

Sheffield Cathedral was originally built in the 12th Century and granted Cathedral status in 1914. It is the oldest building in Sheffield in continuous use. It is a Grade 1 listed building.

Sheffield Cathedral is open 365 days a year and welcomes more than 250,000 visitors annually.

The Diocese of Sheffield was founded as a Church of England Diocese in 1914. The population of the Diocese is over 1.2 million people across the metropolitan centres of Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster covering an area of 576 square miles across South Yorkshire and East Riding. For more information visit




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