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Lichfield: spectacular light show for Christmas at cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral is inviting visitors to get into the Christmas spirit with the return of its annual ‘A Cathedral Illuminated’ show featuring spectacular visuals projected across the building.

Following the success of last year’s sell-out A Cathedral Illuminated – which attracted thousands of visitors to the cathedral – the award-winning festive display returns between Monday 18 and Saturday 23 December, and promises to be bigger and better!
This year’s theme, Star of Wonder, Star of Light, will take viewers on a Christmas journey around the whole Cathedral Close, leading to the West Front where they will see the Nativity story as never before in an array of mesmerising images and sounds. The experience continues inside the cathedral where visitors can also enjoy a star installation, the annual Christmas tree festival and readings at the crib.
The projections by Lichfield Cathedral’s artist-in-residence Peter Walker will be accompanied by original music by composer David Harper, who collaborate under the name Luxmuralis.
Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, says: “It was wonderful to see so many people from across the region coming to last year’s ‘A Cathedral Illuminated’. Our plans this year are even bigger and bolder, as we look to share the wonder of the Nativity story and celebrate this very special time of year on a spectacular scale. Tickets are already selling well so I’d encourage people to book early so they don’t miss out.”
Last year’s spectacular illuminations won ‘Best Staffordshire Event 2017’, chosen by readers of Staffordshire What’s On.
A Cathedral Illuminated is taking place at various times between Monday 18 and Saturday 23 December (not Thursday 21 December).

Admission is by ticket only, with tickets available online at or from The Shop at No.9, priced £4 (£3 for under 16s and free for children under 3), with a family ticket (two adults, two children) for £10.

To find out more about this year’s Christmas journey at Lichfield Cathedral, visit the cathedral’s website.

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