A record number of more than 8,000 people came to St Albans Cathedral’s annual Carols on the Hour and nativity trail this year.
Residents and visitors turned out in their thousands to attend the events, which took place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, December 16.
The trail was particularly magical for the children who took part, as this year, it was a live event, with actors and animals portraying the events and characters in the story of the birth of Jesus in scenes around St Albans city centre.
Shepherds could be spotted with real sheep, angels and wise men gave out sage advice, and young guests helped to avoid the evil King Herod. This culminated in a nativity scene outside the cathedral.
The Carols on the Hour services were also a success, with many turning out for these mini performances of beloved Christmas tunes. Groups including The Big Choir, Just Sing, Viva Ladies Chorus, Classical Chorus, Parish Singers, Abbey Singers and Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir all performed at the event.
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