A NUMBER of events and services to celebrate Advent and Christmas will be taking place at Bradford Cathedral over the next month.

This year’s festive theme is ‘Follow the Star: The Great Invitation’ and people are being encouraged to visit and find out more about the historic space this December.

Advent begins this Sunday, November 27, with the switching on of the Cathedral’s Star in the Tower, which this year is also joined by the State Gate light curtain, supported by Bradford BID.

The Cathedral will also be decorated with a Christmas tree in the West End, lit up in purple, and there will also be two cribs within the State Gate and the Holy Spirit Chapel.

There are many events and services, including the Advent Procession on November 27, Nine Lessons and Carols on December 23, the Midnight Eucharist on December 24, and the Christmas Day Eucharist.

For families, there is the return of the popular Christingle service on December 11, and the Messy Crib on Christmas Eve.

The Very Revd Andy Bowerman, Dean of Bradford, said: “We invite you to come here to this ancient, sacred space, to come and experience something of what it means to be invited.”