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10 Places with Kid Friendly Christmas Eve
Services in Houston

10-Places-with-Kid-Friendly-Christmas-Eve-Services-in-HoustonThe winter holidays are a time for celebrating family and togetherness, just as they’re a time for spiritual reflection and religious observance. Finding a Christmas Eve service that’s welcoming to each and every member of your family, even the newest, is important. After all, the last thing you want to do on Christmas Eve is to attempt the location of a babysitter so you can attend an adults-only service. These are ten of the most kid-friendly Christmas Eve services for families in and around the Greater Houston area.

1. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

There are five separate services offered on Christmas Eve at St. Martin’s Episcopal, each of which features nursery service for kids pre-k and younger. The 4pm Family Service is especially designed for those with little ones in tow, however, with traditional carols and a reading of the Christmas story.

2. University Baptist Church

Family-friendly worship services at University Baptist Church take place at 4:30pm on Christmas Eve. The church is located at 16106 Middlebrook Drive in Houston, and will feature live animals, shepherds and the holy family as part of the family service. Instead of candles, UBC hands out glow sticks to keep little fingers free of accidental burns. Kids will love singing their favorite carols, and hearing the Christmas story while real, live animals attend the birth of Christ.

3. Bellaire United Methodist Church

There are services at 3pm, 5pm and 11pm at Bellaire United Methodist, but the 5pm and 3pm services are geared especially towards family with small children. Carols, candlelight services and communion are offered, along with childcare at the 3pm and 5pm services in the Nursery.

4. The Church of St. John the Divine

Four services are held on Christmas Eve at The Church of St. John the Divine, but two are especially directed at young families. Held at 3:30pm and 5pm, these services feature The Children and Youth Choir singing recognizable carols. Kids are invited to gather around the altar to hear the Christmas Story, and to sing carols together. Later services are more traditional, featuring selections from Handel’s Messiah, Eucharist and an orchestra.

5. Chapelwood United Methodist Church

The folks at Chapelwood United Methodist understand that Christmastime is a very special time indeed for youngsters, which is why their Christmas Eve Family Service is geared towards families with kids elementary-aged or younger. The Family Service is held at 5pm in the Chapelwood Sanctuary, which is located at 11140 Greenbay in Houston.

6. Memorial Drive United Methodist Church

Traditional candlelight services are held at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church at 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm, 7:30pm and 9pm, with a traditional 11pm Communion service. The 3pm service features music by the MDUMC children’s choirs, costumes and lighting designed to be appealing to little ones, so try to make it to the early service if you have small ones in tow.

7. The Woodlands United Methodist Church

Sponsored by the Special Needs Ministry at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, the Christmas Eve Family Worship service takes place between 1:30pm and 2:30pm at The Woodlands United Methodist. Celebrate the birth of Christ in a kid-friendly service, which is designed to teach children about the birth of Jesus during the festive, celebratory season of Christmas.<

8. St. Cecilia Catholic Community

There are several services at St. Cecilia on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The 4pm mass on Christmas Eve features the Children’s Choir, and a live nativity in front of the church from 2:45pm to 3:45pm. Families with older kids will enjoy the 7pm service, which features music by Life Teen band.

9. Christchurch Baptist

Performances by the Children’s Bell Choir and classic carol singing make the 7pm service at Christchurch Baptist Fellowship a favorite of kids. There will be a sermon and candlelight service, but festivities wrap up by 8pm in order for parents to get little ones in bed before the big morning.

10. First Presbyterian Houston

The Journey to Bethlehem services at 3pm and 5pm offer a live nativity and favorite carols, and are led by the FPC Children’s Ministry. At 4pm, there’s a Happy Birthday, Jesus party which celebrates the birth of Christ in a way kids can understand: with cookies, cupcakes and a rousing rendition of the Happy Birthday Song.

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