Advent and Christmastide


Advent and Christmastide

Advent and Christmas are wonderful seasons at St. Bart’s, with beautiful music and services for all ages. As a designated New York City landmark, located conveniently in midtown Manhattan close to most all major hotels, St. Bart’s is a perfect place to celebrate. We are a welcoming parish, open to all. Please join us during this festive season. Questions? Contact St. Bart’s Central at 212-378-0222 or .


Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of Christ and a time of reflection. Parishioner Kathleen Breiten teaches and encourages you in this ancient contemplative practice. All are welcome. Enter at 109 East 50th Street.

  • Mondays 6:30 - 7:30pm, November 26 - December 17
  • Saturday Workshop: December 1, 10 am to 3 pm

ADVENT 1: Sunday, December 2, 2018

Eucharist at 8 am, 9 am, and 11 am *† 

10 am Advent Fair for All Ages *†

5 pm Advent Lessons and Carols * The beautiful prophesies of the coming of Christ will be read alternating with splendid Advent carols and anthems. A festive reception will follow the service. 

Tuesday, December 4

5:45 pm Midtown Carol Sing-Along on St. Bart’s front steps; warm up with hot chocolate, cider and cookies inside the church afterwards

ADVENT 2: Sunday, December 9

Eucharist at 8 am, 9 am, 11 am, and 5 pm *† (childcare except 5 pm)

Tuesday, December 11

7:30 pm Joyous Christmas Concert. Tickets and info here.

Friday, December 14

7:30 pm Adoration of The Magi Concert in the Chapel. Click here for tickets.

ADVENT 3: Sunday, December 16

       Eucharist at 8 am, 9 am, 11 am, and 5 pm *† (childcare except 5 pm)

ADVENT 4: Sunday, December 23

Eucharist at 8 am, 9 am, 11 am, and 5 pm  *† (childcare except 5 pm)

CHRISTMAS EVE: Monday, December 24 

12:30 pm A Quiet Christmas Eucharist (in the Chapel) *†
An intimate service, with congregational carols, that embraces the quiet joy of Christmas.
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4 pm:  Christmas Pageant and Festival Eucharist *† 
Featuring music led by St. Bartholomew's Boy and Girl Choristers and a Christmas Pageant where all children are invited to join in sharing the story of the Nativity.  This service is especially nice for families who want to come to church and still have time for family and friends that night.
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7 pm:   The “Christ-Mass” Festival Eucharist *† 
(Choral Prelude begins at 6:30 pm)
Featuring music led by all three of our choirs: St. Bartholomew's Choir, St. Bart's Singers, and St. Bartholomew's Boy and Girl Choristers.   This is a big joyful festival service when we "pull out all the stops". 
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11pm:  The “Christ-Mass” Festival Eucharist (with incense) † 
(Choral Prelude begins at 10:30 pm)
Featuring music led by St. Bartholomew's Choir and St. Bart's Singers.   This  is  big joyful festival service when we embrace the enduring liturgy of "midnight mass" incorporating incense and the traditional language of the King James scriptures.  
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CHRISTMAS DAY: Tuesday, December 25 

11 am: Christmas Day Choral Eucharist
Our singular service on Christmas morning is a big joyful celebration featuring music led by St. Bartholomew's Choir.  This is wonderful service for those who enjoy a festive service in the light of Christmas Day. 
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New Years Eve:  Monday, December 31

11 pm A Concert to Usher in the New Year
Paolo Bordignon, organist
Ring in the new year with a fun & festive concert at 11 pm, followed by a champagne reception at midnight. Hear music from Bach and Mozart to Johann Strauss Sr. and see it played with the console out front-and-center. St. Bartholomew’s is known around the world as home to one of the world’s (and NYC’s) largest pipe organs, with its thrilling chorus of 12,422 pipes and the recently-restored Celestial division housed in the dome.  Admission is free; no tickets or reservations are necessary. There will be a champagne reception afterwards.

Services marked with a † include free parking at the Doubletree Hotel Garage: 136 E. 51st Street. Voucher required. See instructions.
* Services marked with an asterisk offer free childcare.