Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends.

The days leading up to Dec. 25 are full of activity, but also excitement as the opportunity to enjoy this festive time of year.

While much of the celebration of the season is being held in homes, there are opportunities for people to gather corporately to celebrate the season during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services in an effort to recognize the “reason for the season” – the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God.

What follows is a list of services being held in congregations throughout the Redwood area on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Please remember, as Christmas Eve is a Sunday, most churches will still be holding regular morning worship that day as well.

• St. John Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls will host a children’s Christmas service “Good News for the Whole World” Christmas Eve at 4 p.m., with a Christmas Even candlelight service at 5:30 p.m. A Christmas Day festival service will be held at 10 a.m.

• Christ’s Victory Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls will host a Christmas Eve service starting at 4:30 p.m.

• Cornerstone Christian Church in Redwood Falls will host a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m.

• The Evangelical Free Church of Redwood Falls will be hosting a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.

• First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls will host a Christmas Eve service starting at 5 p.m.

• Redwood Alliance Church in Redwood Falls will host a Christmas Eve service beginning at 5 p.m.

• Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., with a Christmas Day service starting at 10 a.m.

• First Presbyterian Church of Redwood Falls will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5 p.m., followed by a Friendship dinner from 6-7 p.m.

• St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls will host a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. with a Christmas Day service at 10 a.m.

• St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton will host a Christmas Day service at 8 a.m.

• Grace Lutheran Church in Belview will host a Christmas Eve carol sing starting at 3:45 p.m. followed by a candlelight service at 4 p.m. A carol sing will start at 9:45 a.m. Christmas Day, with a 10 a.m. festive service.

• Bethany Lutheran Church near Gilfillan will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5 p.m.

• St. Matthew Church of Evan will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m.

• St. John Lutheran Church in Vesta will host as children’s Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m., with a 9 a.m. Christmas Day service.

• Peace Lutheran Church in Echo will host a children’s Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m., with a 10:30 a.m. service Christmas Day.

• St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Franklin will host a Christmas Eve service at 4:30 p.m.

• St. John’s Lutheran Church of Morgan will host a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.

• Morgan United Methodist Church in Morgan will host a Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m.

• Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Belview will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 4 p.m.

• Rock Dell Lutheran Church of rural Belview will host a Christmas Day festival worship at 9 a.m.

• St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Wabasso will host a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.

• Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Milroy will host a Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m.

• St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Flora township will host a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m., with a Christmas Day service at 8 a.m.

• Bethany Lutheran Church of Wabasso will host a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.

• Trinity Lutheran Church of Sanborn will host a Christmas Day worship service at 9 a.m.

• Our Lady of Victory Church in Lucan is hosting a Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m.

• St. Anne’s Church of Wabasso is hosting a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.

• St. Mathias Church in Wanda is hosting a Christmas Eve service starting at 9 p.m.

• St. Mary’s Church in Seaforth is hosting a Christmas Day service at 9 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Tony Miller