The Cathedral grounds and Pastors Office are now open. Masks are encouraged. Please practice social distancing and avoid gathering in groups.

Christmas Events


December 13th 4:30-7:30pm

Drive through our little town of “Bethlehem” to experience what it might have been like on that special night so long ago. See the shepherds as they keep watch over their flock, unaware of the good news they are soon to receive. Catch a glimpse of an intimate miracle in a humble stable, and see three wise men paused for the night on their long journey to honor a King. When you have finished your tour of this holy land, feel free to walk the grounds of the Cathedral to enjoy lighting, music, and Christmas readings to further honor and rejoice for the day the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

We believe that the scenes will look best after dark, but we wanted to start a little bit earlier so that young children, or people who don’t like to drive after sunset can still come through. So we encourage you to let the oldest and youngest in our congregation drive through on the earlier side.

In order to avoid crisscrossing traffic patterns and multiple lines forming, we are asking that everyone start at the Bryn Athyn Post Office, coming from either Alden or Fettersmill. Please do NOT enter Alnwick from the Pike, as that could create a backup.


The donations received from the Special Christmas Celebration Drive-By on December 13 (taking the place of our Tableaux services) will be a gift to the pastors of Bryn Athyn Church. This is an opportunity for all to participate in appreciation for those who serve our community. A donation box will be available at the end of the procession at the Cathedral, and volunteers will also be available to accept donations. Donations may also be made online at (choose Christmas Tableaux Fund).


December 2-14 (Bryn Athyn Cathedral)

Christmas is an opportunity for us to shower our neighbors with love and care. We invite you to buy a Christmas gift for one of the 35 children of HELP Philadelphia, a transitional, low-income housing complex located in West Philadelphia. Look for a Christmas tree decorated with angels in the Cathedral Coat Room. Each angel tag asks you to buy a gift for a child of a specific age and gender. You are invited to take a tag, buy a $15-$20 gift for that child, attach the tag to the unwrapped gift and place the gift under the Angel Tree. Please keep ethnic variety in mind when purchasing gifts. We hope to have all the gifts under the tree by Monday, December 14. For questions, contact Julia at 215-947-0266 x4600.

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM EACH EVENING

Enjoy an outdoor evening stroll on the grounds of the Bryn Athyn Historic District and see Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Glencairn Museum, and Cairnwood Estate adorned for the holidays.

At Cairnwood, guests can grab a warm cup of cocoa and explore the terraces, verandas, and winterized gardens twinkling with lights. Inspired by 19th-century plate glass window displays, visitors will have an opportunity to peek into the decorated room settings with eight glittering Christmas trees, garlanded mantels over grand 1895 fireplaces, and the special exhibition Sumptuous and Snug: Striking Vintage Outerwear for the Holidays. Don’t forget to stop by the Cairnwood Garden House Visitor Center & Gift Shop to purchase a unique holiday gift.

Stroll the grounds of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, see the illuminated building and stained-glass windows, walk through the Cloister to enjoy our Nativity triptych and representation of the birth of Christ, while strolling carolers delight you with sacred Christmas music.

Take in the sights of Glencairn Museum’s grounds adorned with the cheerful glow of glimmering lights. Embrace the spirit of the Christmas season as you view Nativity scenes displayed in the Museum’s windows. A special feature of the display includes a stained-glass window depicting the Christmas story made by well-known artist Lawrence Saint. The Museum’s Cloister will be decorated with twinkling lights and Christmas trees trimmed with handmade ornaments made by students of local schools. A great place for a photo op!

Parking Pass required – Click here to purchase.

  • $20/car or personal passenger van

  • $50/minibus (maximum capacity 15)

  • Trucks, Vans, or Busses seating more than 15 are prohibited.

  • Patron drop-off & pick-up locations without a paid parking pass not available.

Cathedral Christmas Services

December 24 – 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm

We are again requesting everyone to contact Liza Hyatt (215-947-6225 x200/ if you plan to attend the Christmas Eve service in person. Please let her know how many are in your group and what service you plan to attend. Given the modest in-person attendance for the Thanksgiving Service, we may not need all the services we have offered in the past (4:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm). We may just offer two, or even one, in-person service, inviting others to watch online.

The Christmas Day Service will be held at 11:30 am, as we have in the past, with the expectation that many will also choose to watch this service online.