Sheep Trail


The Sheep Trail pilgrimage during the season of Advent is an invitation to all ages to make space for prayer and to prepare for the celebration of Christmas.

The Sheep Trail project is a creative way to invite our cathedral visitors, congregation and visiting school, parish or community groups to slow down and enter into the Advent season of spiritual preparation. Each year, from Advent Sunday to Christmas Eve the cathedral is home to a flock of mischievous hand-knitted sheep, let loose in the aisles and side chapels to guide our visitors on a pilgrimage trail. The trail concludes at the crib display where visitors are invited to write down a prayer to leave in the crib.

Every year we issue an open invitation for willing knitters. We even organise some knitting sessions in the cathedral for those who prefer to knit in company! We need plenty of sheep for display in the cathedral and to give away to school classes and others who visit us for the trail.

The sheep pattern and instructions are available here. Sheep for Advent 2019 need to be received in the cathedral by Thursday, 28 November.

If you have any questions about the Sheep Trail contact the Dean’s Vicar (abigail@christchurch.ie).

You can make a sheep to donate to the Sheep Trail!

Make time in your December for our Messy Advent Sheep Trail!

The Sheep Trail takes place from Advent to Christmas Eve each year. A special Sheep Trail Passport is available to guide visitors along the trail, taking note of some of the remarkable stained glass windows, art and architectural points that help us to remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas. We are delighted to welcome parish, school and community groups to visit us for a guided Sheep Trail pilgrimage free of charge. Advance booking for groups is essential. To book please email welcome@christchurch.ie or call 01 677 8099.