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Cathedral Festival of Lights

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Light and music celebrate the story of Christmas on a massive scale.  December 15-17 | 6-10pm and December 18-19 | 7-10pm

Location: 239 Selby Ave

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation brings back the Cathedral Festival of Lights event with a major expansion. The CHF presents both an indoor and outdoor Christmas light shows Starry Night and The Beginning, along with an outdoor Christmas market, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. The Christmas Market is slated for Dec. 16-18. Tickets for the indoor event, Starry Night, may be purchased now at The outdoor show is free and presented by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation and sponsors as a gift to the community. Starry Night, produced by the award-winning Luxmuralis from the United Kingdom, will transform the Cathedral’s interior into a fully immersive 360-degree light and sound experience. Guests will be allowed to find their own seats and perspective, as the show surrounds them in a calming sea of stars accompanied by a custom musical score. Guests are welcome to view the full projection multiple times before exiting the Cathedral. Outside, the cinematic projection of The Beginning uses the Cathedral’s 150-foot-tall eastern façade as the backdrop to tell the Christmas Story of wonderment and joy. The 12-minute show will be run on a continual loop during each night’s operating hours. The light shows represent only the second North American offering by Luxmuralis. The Cathedral Heritage Foundation’s 2020 inaugural offering, The Manger, drew thousands of people in cars for the drive-in viewing (due to COVID restrictions), along with more than 50,000 viewers from around the globe who watched via Facebook livestreams or recordings. This year, the outdoor event is open to pedestrians, with an additional drive-in movie setting on Sunday, the final day of the event, with registration available by invitation only for those more comfortable viewing from inside their vehicle.  The street in front of the Cathedral can fit approximately 80 vehicles per viewing, with shows running every 20 minutes. 

Starry Night:

  • Immersive indoor presentation, 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 through Friday, Dec. 17, and 7-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Dec. 18 & 19
  • $15 per person,  $40 for groups of 5 or fewer.

The Beginning;

  • FREE outdoor presentation.  View from Cathedral Hill Park & Facebook livestream.
  • Walk-up 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 through Friday, Dec. 17, and 7-10 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday Dec. 18 & 19

In addition to walk-up viewing on Sunday, Dec. 19, a limited number of 720 reserved time slots to view The Beginning as a drive-in experience will be available by invitation only.  

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Cathedral Festival Of Lights