Nine Lessons and Carols, the story of Christmas in words and song, will be presented by a combined choir including choristers from St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lismore, and St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore.


  • Friday, 17 December, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina.
  • Sunday, 19 December, 7.30pm, St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lismore.
  • Tuesday, 21 December, 7.30pm, St Martin’s Anglican Church, Mullumbimby.

Carol services are also being held:

  • Saturday, 4 December, 3pm, St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, Coraki.
  • Sunday, 5 December, 8pm Church of the Good Shepherd, Bexhill.

The original service of Nine Lessons and Carols derives from a service which the clergyman E W Benson first gave in a wooden hut in Cornwall, UK, on Christmas Eve, 1880.

Benson went on to become Archbishop of Canterbury and the service went on to become one of the most widely popular services in the Christian calendar, thanks to its being revamped by, and broadcast annually from, Kings College, Cambridge.

Locally the music is selected and the choirs prepared by organist and musical director of both Lismore churches, Warren Whitney.

The service always commences with solo soprano singing Once in Royal David’s City before being joined by the choir and then the congregation. Hymn singing, familiar and unfamiliar Christmas music are all presented between the nine short Bible readings celebrating the birth of Jesus.

This is delightful, relaxing way to unwind in the hectic rush Christmas can become.

Non-denominational. Free Admission. All welcome.