Christmas Eve

Christmas Child
Christmas Candles
Celtic Candlelight Christmas

Children & Family

11:00 am, 1:00 pm
3:00 pm & 5:00 pm

Kid-friendly service with
communion with music
led by the organ and
Contemporary Band at
11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
and the Children and youth choir
at 5:00 pm


7:00 pm & 10:30 pm

Candlelight services with
communion with music
led by the St. John’s Chorale,
organ, and brass ensemble.
Each service preceded
by a 15 minute prelude
with organ and brass.

Story and Song

9:00 pm
Hall Life Center

Candlelight service
with communion.
Fresh rendition of
Lessons and Carols
with an eclectic selection
of Christmas music from
traditional carols to
modern praise choruses.

Please note: we will not offer our regular Sunday 9:00 am and 11:00 am services in the church, 11:00 am service in the Hall Life Center, or 5:00 pm service in the chapel on Christmas Eve

Christmas Child

Children’s Services

11:00 am; 1:00 pm; 3:00 pm; 5:00 pm in the Church

This year your family can choose from one of four services especially planned for young children and families on Christmas Eve! Services are planned at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm in the church. There will be communion at all four services, and an interactive sermon just for children. At 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, music will be led by Zach Meeks and a contemporary band. At 5:00 pm, music will be led by the children and youth choir. Hymns will be accompanied by the organ at all services.
Children are welcome to come to church in their own costumes. We will have costumes available in the narthex for the Holy Family, shepherds, wise men, angels, sheep, and stars. The creche will be set up in the Julia garden with live donkeys available for photos before and after services. We invite you to enjoy Christmas cookies and holiday beverages as well, and don’t forget to drop into Sumners Hall to see the lovely Christmas Village.

Christmas Candles

Traditional Services

7:00 pm and 10:30 pm in the Church
Our traditional Christmas Eve services bring the beauty and majesty of the season with the church decked in candles, flowers and holiday greenery. Music is led by the St. John’s Chorale accompanied by the grand Létourneau organ and brass ensemble. Each service will be preceded by a 15-minute prelude of music by the organ and brass. Following communion, the congregation will pass the light of Christ with candles and sing ‘Silent Night’ in the darkened church. Please come next door to Sumners Hall after the 7:00 pm service for hot chocolate, wassail, Christmas cookies, and fellowship.

The 7:00 pm service will be live streamed and may be viewed at,, and

Celtic Candlelight Christmas

Story and Song

9:00 pm in the Hall Life Center
Our “Story and Song” service is a fresh rendition of the classic “Lessons and Carols”. The story of God made flesh to save and redeem all of mankind is intertwined with an eclectic collection of Christmas music, from traditional carols to modern praise choruses. The Hall Life Center will be draped and awash in candlelight and adorned with Christmas trees, flowers, and greenery. Following communion, the congregation will pass the light of Christ with candles and sing ‘Silent Night’ in the darkened space. Come next door to Sumners Hall after the service for wassail, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and fellowship.

Christmas on the Boulevard


Saturday, December 16

Live Nativity

4:00 pm
Front Lawn

Experience the mystery
of that Holy Night
with a family-friendly
live nativity with animals
Guided tours: 4, 4:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30 pm
Self-guided from 5-6pm

Gala Concert

5:00 pm

The SJD Chorale, Houston Boychoir,
and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
offer a concert of seasonal favorites
and selections from the Christmas portion
of Handel’s Messiah

Jazz Reception

6:15 pm
Sumners Hall

Join us after the concert
for a festive reception
with refreshments
and live jazz
Visit the Christmas Village
and enjoy the trains!

This is a free event!

While all families are encouraged to attend the concert, additional seating with a live simulcast of the concert is available in the Hall Life Center with a children’s Christmas ornament craft and room to move around.

Watch the concert via livestream

Candlelight, choir, and communion
in the church


My family will be away from home on Christmas Eve this year, visiting my husband’s parents. We are looking forward to celebrating with my Houston friends and family at St. John the Divine at the Traveler’s service. We are so grateful we won’t miss the holiday celebration at home!

— SJD parishioner —

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St. John the Divine Episcopal Church

2450 River Oaks Blvd.
Houston, TX 77019

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