Liverpool Cathedral brings the Nativity to life

A festive light and sound show about the first Christmas is opening at Liverpool Cathedral this evening (2 December). 

The experience will run every evening for one week, until 9 December. 

‘The Light Before Christmas: The Angels Are Coming!’ will transform the interior of Liverpool Cathedral with a carefully orchestrated sequence of colourful projections and specially composed music. 

The after-dark experience is the work of Luxmuralis, an artistic collaboration renowned for creating extraordinary immersive art installations, including the sell-out ‘Space, The Universe and Everything’, which came to Liverpool Cathedral earlier this year. 

Peter Walker, artistic director of Luxmuralis, said: “It’s a huge honour to be bringing ‘The Light Before Christmas: The Angels Are Coming!’ to Liverpool Cathedral and we’re incredibly excited about lighting up the iconic building’s stunning Gothic architecture during the Advent season. 

Light Before Christmas (image by Gareth Jones)
Picture by Gareth Jones

“We’re really looking forward to seeing visitors of all ages lose themselves in the kaleidoscopic projections and atmospheric music, which fuse together the traditional Nativity story with present day celebrations, as we depict Christmas in a modern and artistic way.” 

The Dean of Liverpool, The Very Revd Dr Sue Jones, said: “Advent is such a wonderful time. We’re delighted to be working with Luxmuralis to bring a message of peace, joy and hope to the city with ‘The Light Before Christmas: The Angels Are Coming!’.  

“I’m sure visitors will find a sense of serenity in this a truly uplifting experience, which offers a perfect opportunity for families, friends and members of the community to come together for reflection as we are reminded of the real meaning of Christmas.” 

The experience, which lasts around 40 minutes, runs from 4.30pm – 8.30pm with sessions starting every 15 minutes.  

Tickets are available at £8 (adults), £6 (children) or £25 (family ticket for 2 adults and 3 children), plus booking fee. Entry is free for infants under 3. Tickets must be booked in advance at  

‘The Light Before Christmas: The Angels Are Coming!’ forms part of a two-year programme of events, exhibitions and artworks leading up to Liverpool Cathedral’s 100th anniversary, which falls in 2024.  

For more information about ‘The Light Before Christmas: The Angels Are Coming!’ and the wider events programme at Liverpool Cathedral, visit and for further details on Luxmuralis, visit

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