Advent and Christmas at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel

Advent Services

Sundays, December 3, 10, 17, 24
Trinity Church, 9am & 11:15am
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street sings at the 11:15am service.

St. Paul’s Chapel, 8am & 9:15am Seasonal hymns at the 9:15am service.


Advent Classes, Performances and Activities

Scrooge and Marley
Saturday, December 9, 12pm | LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Long Island City

Theater at Trinity, a program of the Congregational Arts Committee, invites you to an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. All parts in the performance, with the exception of Scrooge, will be performed by children and teens. The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center is located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City. Information: Toni Foy

Spa for the Soul: Advent
Saturday, December 9, 6-8pm | Parish Center

This evening variation on the “Spa for the Soul” series includes candlelit caroling, movement, and a festive meal, a retreat as we await the gift of Jesus in a tumultuous world. Join Trinity Family Choir and Trinity Movement Choir for a time of spiritual preparation in Advent. RSVP required:

Holiday Warm Up
Friday, December 15, 5-7pm | St. Paul’s Chapel

Get into the holiday spirit with a caring community! Enjoy festive food, beverages, and music; create holiday cards and wrap gifts. Hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and socks—whether handmade or donated—will be collected for distribution to Brown Bag Lunch participants and residents of Kianga House, a shelter for women and children in Brooklyn. All ages are welcome. Information: Melissa Hayes at

Compline By Candlelight: Ceremony of Carols
Sunday, December 17, 8pm | St. Paul’s Chapel

The Trinity Youth Chorus presents Ceremony of Carols, Britten’s marvelous setting of ancient Christmas texts that sparkles with the wonder of the season.  This annual tradition is a favorite of Trinity audiences.

Handel’s Messiah
Friday, December 15, 7:30pm | Trinity Church
Saturday, December 16, 7:30pm | Trinity Church
Sunday, December 17, 3pm | Trinity Church

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Julian Wachner, conductor. Tickets for all performances have sold out but each concert will be live streamed at

Comfort at Christmas: A Service for Those in Grief or Loss
Sunday, December 17, 5pm | St. Paul’s Chapel

Not everyone experiences the holidays as a time of joy and cheer. Join us for meditative music, prayer, and a quiet space for comfort and support. Led by the Rev. Alfred Loua and Dr. Kathy Bozzuti-Jones. Refreshments will be served. Information: Amiriz at

’Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Reading
Sunday, December 17, 4pm | The Church of the Intercession and Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum, Broadway at West 155th Street

Joy Reid, political analyst at MSNBC and host of “AM Joy,” reads “A Visit from Saint Nicholas.” Reception at Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum.

Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing
Thursday, December 21, 7:30pm | Trinity Church

An extravaganza of Christmas favorites for brass and choir with audience participation, with Downtown Voices and Trinity’s new music orchestra, NOVUS NY; Stephen Sands, conductor. Free.

Family Eucharist with Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 24, 9:15am | St. Paul’s Chapel

A 45-minute service for families and children of all ages, featuring a Christmas pageant, hymns, and the Trinity Youth Chorus. The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, celebrant; the Rev. Kristin Kaulbach Miles.


Christmas and Epiphany Worship Services

Christmas Eve Family Eucharist
Sunday, December 24, 4pm | St. Paul’s Chapel

A simple service with families in mind, featuring traditional Christmas Carols, children's sermon, giant puppets telling the story of the Nativity, and the Trinity Youth Chorus. The Rev. Elizabeth Blunt, celebrant; the Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, preacher. (There will be no incense at this service.)

Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist
Sunday, December 24, 6pm | Trinity Church

(Carol Sing begins at 5:20pm)
This annual celebration of the Eucharist on Christmas Eve is designed for people who are looking for a traditional service. Music is provided by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, The Trinity Youth Chorus, and Family Choir with Christmas carols and hymns sung by the congregation. The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Rector, celebrant; the Rev. Winnie Varghese, preacher. (Nursery care and stroller parking will be provided. There will be incense at this service.)

Choral Prelude and Christmas Eve Festive Choral Eucharist
Sunday, December 24, 10pm-11:45pm | Trinity Church

(Prelude begins at 9:20pm)
This traditional late evening service on Christmas Eve begins with a 40-minute prelude of choral music and congregational carols, followed by Choral Eucharist (beginning at 10pm). With music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street with additional congregational hymns and carols. The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin, Suffagan Bishop of New York, celebrant; the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Rector, preacher. (A crib room will be available. There will be incense at this service.)

Christmas Eve Candlelight Midnight Mass
Sunday, December 24, midnight | St. Paul’s Chapel

Trinity Wall Street's annual candlelight Christmas Eve Eucharist, with congregational carol singing, and special music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street. The Rev. Winnie Varghese, celebrant; the Rev. Elizabeth Blunt, preacher. (There will be incense at this service.)

Christmas Day Choral Eucharist: The Nativity of Our Lord (webcast)
Monday, December 25, 11:15am | Trinity Church

A Choral Eucharist in celebration of Christmas. Music is provided by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, with additional congregational hymns and carols. The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Rector, celebrant; the Rev. Philip Jackson, Vicar, preacher.

There will be no 12:05pm service on Christmas Day.
Epiphany Service
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10am | Trinity Church

An intergenerational family-friendly Eucharist with music by the Trinity Youth Chorus and a procession of giant puppets to help tell the Epiphany story. Followed by a festive reception.