Joy of Christmas

Joy of Christmas
Saturday, December 16, 2023 | 2pm and 6pm
Sunday, December 17, 2023 | 4pm

Bells ring and jubilant voices beckon to all this holiday season. Gather with us at Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the Joy of Christmas.

Surround your heart and your loved ones with the music that makes the holiday special. Join us for D.C.’s favorite Christmas tradition where voices soar under the Cathedral’s arches and stained-glass windows, delighting hearts of all ages with brand-new and classic holiday carols.


Once in Royal David’s City: David Willcocks (arr.)
O magnum mysterium: Francis Poulenc
“They brought fine gifts” from Ballad of the Brown King: Margaret Bonds
Love came down at Christmas: Leo Sowerby
Mary had a baby: Williams Dawson (arr.)
“There shall a star…” from Christus: Felix Mendelssohn
Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree: Elizabeth Poston
O Come All Ye Faithful: David Willcocks (arr.)
Pat-a pan: Katharine Davis (arr.)
“There” from The Visions of Joan: Ben Moore
The First Nowell: Paul Halley (arr.)
We wish you a Merry Christmas: John Rutter (arr.)
Silent Night: Franz Xaver Gruber
Hark the Herald Angels Sing: David Willcocks (arr.)


Edward Nassor, carillon
Thomas Sheehan, organist
Seraph Brass
Steven Fox, conductor
Children’s Chorus of Washington