Dress Code for Westminster Abbey / Christmas Eve

Hi, all. Will be in London for London, and we are going to try to make it to Westminster's Christmas Eve 4pm service. What would you suggest we wear---we would likely be down in the area for the early part of the day , but if a dress is definitely required, we could make different plans to back track a bit... Just wondering if something like corduroys would be okay (not jeans, definitely.)But didn't know if trousers would be okay. Thanks.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7819 posts

OF course trousers or cords are absolutely fine,, really, I find the question surprising. I am sure you could wear jeans too,, never heard of those been forbidden in church. Its not a Royal Wedding you know, its a worship service .

Posted by Gail
Downingtown, USA
1555 posts

I can't speak for Westminster, but would be surprised to find any church denying entry if you were wearing nice slacks. , The only time have seen a problem with entry is Italy where people were coming in with bare shoulders, spaghetti straps which I think personally is not respectful in any church, but that is only my opinion.

Posted by Jonelle
Columbia, SC, USA
13 posts

Thanks for the replies. Yes, I was thinking of the Italian churches, but also, the two of us traveling are from the South, and I would absolutely be scolded (by my mom) for wearing jeans to a church service---and might get an up-and-down look for trousers to a Christmas service!! Just didn't want to be insulting to the place, occasion, or the other service-goers.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7819 posts

Jonelle, don't worry, you will not encounter that in UK at all. The Italian thing is pretty unique to Italy too, in France and Germany people enter churches in shorts and tanks, but in Italy they are alot stricter, however, even in Italy jeans would be fine, its not what you are wearing it covering parts of body then deem need covering, they don't care how you do it( obsence saying on tshirts would be an exception)
Yes, I have heard in the south there is an appearence thing, I think people should be clean and covered to some degree, but other then that, non issue. I spent too much time trying to get teens to dress up, should have spent more time just happy they were in church with us.

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
678 posts

It will probably be cold outside and may well be inside too - dressing for warmth may be more a priority than style. But generally, no dress code - within the bounds of decency, naturally.

Posted by Dana
Des Plaines, IL, USA
25 posts

We were very fortunate to attend the 4pm service at Westminster Abbey last year, and it was most enjoyable. Nice slacks or cords are fine, you will probably leave your coats on as it is a bit chilly in there. It was wonderful. Just want to mention that I ordered our tickets online a couple of months before we left the states. They were free, but ordering ahead will make sure you have tickets. Then we picked the tickets up a couple days before Christmas Eve, at an office on the courtyard to the side of the Abbey. It was a special day for our family, and I am sure none of us will ever forget it! Enjoy!

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7819 posts

Dana thanks for posting that, I never thought of tickets, but it makes sense, everyone would like to go but you can only fit so many people in,, good tip !

Posted by Jonelle
Columbia, SC, USA
13 posts

Thanks--I have the date/time marked on my calendar for when the tix become available!