Advent & Christmas 2023

Details for 2024 will be published in mid-October 24

Services & Events for All

Advent is a time of waiting with anticipation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas, a time of wonder and awe, of joy and hope.  All of our services and events offer a warm welcome for anyone to attend, whether you have children and would like to join our Crib Service or Christingle, or would like to find a place of quiet and calm in the midst of a difficult year, then we have a service for you.

We look forward to welcoming you to All Saints Church, as we join together to celebrate the greatest gift of all, the birth of Jesus.

Saturday 2nd December

10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Christmas Tree Festival & Craft Fayre

3.45 pm
Carols around the tree & switching on the lights

This event takes place during the Holbeach Town Council Christmas Fayre, so there is plenty to explore outside the church.
Inside All Saints, we shall be holding a Christmas Tree Festival . There is also the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping amongst our craft stalls and stop for a coffee and cake.
The day ends with our adult and junior choirs gathering around the Christmas Tree outside as the lights are turned on, and we join together to sing.

Sunday 3rd December – Advent One

10.30 am
All Age Worship

Followed by morning coffee

6.30 pm
Holy Communion

Tuesday 5th December

8.00 pm
Carols in the Pub

Traditional carol singing in The Crown Hotel, 5 West End.
Come and join us for a pint and some carols accompanied by the accordion.

Wednesday 6th December

9.30 am
Holy Communion

Followed by morning coffee

Sunday 10th December – Advent Two

10.30 am
Holy Communion

Followed by morning coffee

6.00 pm
Christmas Candlelit Service of 9 Lessons & Carols

Followed by Mulled Wine & Mince Pies


Wednesday 13th December

9.30 am
Holy Communion

Followed by morning coffee

Sunday 17th December – Advent Three

10.30 am
Holy Communion

Followed by morning coffee

3.30 pm
Christingle Service

Our annual service is in aid of the Children’s Society as we look ahead to Christmas Day. A 40-minute service at which everyone is given a decorated orange with a candle. The most magical moment is when everyone stands in a circle around the church, all the candles are lit, the lights are dimmed, and the children sing a verse of Away in a Manger.

Wednesday 20th December

9.30 am
Holy Communion

Followed by morning coffee

Thursday 21st December

6.30 pm
Blue Christmas Service

This service is held on the longest night.  Christmas is not always a time of joy and can be hard for those whose hearts are hurting.  The Blue Christmas service is a candlelit service of gentle contemplation and familiar carols for those who are carrying pain or loss during this season.  There will be an opportunity to remember loved ones during the service.

Sunday 24th December – Advent Four
Christmas Eve

10.30 am
Said Holy Communion

Followed by morning coffee


4.00 pm
Crib Service

A 40-minute service suitable for the whole family, in which we share the Christmas Story, sing some carols and take our papier-mache Nativity Figures on the last stage of their Advent Journey into the stable in the North Porch as we await the birth of Christ. Ideal for occupying overexcited children and filling in that bit of time before tea and an early night.


11.30 pm
Midnight Mass

Traditional Communion service with carols and a sermon


Monday 25th December
Christmas Day

10.30 am
Family Communion Service

A Christmas Communion Service with carols.

Sunday 31st December
New Year’s Eve

10.30 am
Holy Communion

Download or print our Leaflet

Printed copies are also available to pick up in church

We hope that your encounter with God & the Christ Child at this holy time will inspire you to explore your faith further.

Our Ministry Team is always available to help in an unpressured, friendly and welcoming way.


This year’s theme – Follow the Star: Join the Song – highlights how singing can help draw us closer to God and each other through the journey from Advent to Epiphany.

“The shepherds were astonished to find the night sky filled with angels singing God’s praise. And before long they were singing, too … Centuries later, singing is still central to how many of us celebrate Christmas.
“We invite you this Christmas to follow the star, journey to the manger, join the song and come into the presence of Jesus Christ.”

Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell

Everyone is invited to Join the Song with our new carol


As in previous years, a free booklet will be available in church
and you can also signup for daily reflections by email, there will also be an Apple & Android App to download. 

Click to signup now