New York City has a huge assortment of Christmas church services from which to choose including every denomination you can think of. So, If
you’re looking for a place to worship, look no further. New York City is home to some of the most beautiful churches and cathedrals, offering highly spiritual masses and visually stunning houses of workshop. This is the time to be reminded that the beauty of Christmas is not limited to material gifts, but can be found in anyone of the following churches.
Marble Collegiate Church
1 West 29th Street at 5th Avenue
This Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch church began in 1628 but its current structure was built in 1854. Interestingly, this is where Dr. Norman Vincent Peale began and where his famous “The Power of Positive Thinking" was born. Log on to their website, noted above, for list of Christmas church services.
490 Riverside Drive at 120th Street
Riverside Church is built on one of the highest points of the city and overlooks the Hudson River. The edifice is modeled after the 13th Century Gothic cathedral in Chartres, France and covers two city blocks. This interdenominational church is noted as one of the 10 best places to hear the Christmas Gospel by USA Today. Log on to theriversidechurchny.org/events for a list of Christmas church services.
St Batholomew’s Church
325 Park Avenue
St. Bart's is an Episcopal Church located in the heart of New York City. A sacred gem of Byzantine art and architecture, it was recognized as a New York City Landmark by the NYC Landmarks Commission in 1967. St. Bart's is an ongoing and vital preservation initiative for midtown Manhattan. Log on to www.stbarts.org/about-us to read more about the church and its architectural wonders. It really is a jewel. Log on to www.stbarts.org/christmas for details about Christmas church services.
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Between 110th and 113th Streets
The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the seat of its Bishop. Divine indeed, it designed in the Gothic style and is the 4th largest church in the world! With the thick stone that encompasses the structure, the church is completely peaceful and solemn—noise just can’t infiltrate. Log on to www.stjohndivine.org/history_written.html to read about the Cathedral’s architectural history. Want to learn more to go on a tour? Log on to www.stjohndivine.org/visit/guided-visits! Log on to their website, noted above, for details about Christmas services.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
One West 53rd Street
Founded in 1823, Saint Thomas Church was incorporated in the City of New York on January 9, 1824, by members from three downtown parishes who wanted to establish a church in their own neighborhood on the northern edge of "settled" Manhattan. The first edifice was at Broadway and Houston Streets. Click here to learn more about the building.
St. Thomas has one of the best choirs! Their services are very popular so be sure to get there early! Click here for a schedule of Christmas Church services.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
460 Madison Avenue
Between 50th and 51st Streets
St Patrick’s Cathedral, dedicated in 1879, is an international landmark that welcomes more than five million visitors of every
religious denomination each year. It is one of the most well known churches in the world. St. Patrick’s It features one of the most beautiful Christmas Eve masses in New York City.As a result, the mass requires an entry ticket. The good news is that Christmas day offers multiple opportunities for workshop. In addition to attending services, we encourage you to visit the Cathedral for its architectural beauty. Log on to www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/visit.php for a virtual tour of the cathedral.