Crestview First United Methodist Church
The Chancel Choir will present Joseph M. Martin's Christmas cantata, "Journey of Promises" during services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 22 at the church. Both services will be held in the church's main sanctuary. Director of the choir is Kevin Lusk. Leon Curenton, the church organist/pianist, accompanies the choir.
The church will join in worship at its traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 in the main sanctuary. The Rev. Dr. Ronnie Bearden, pastor, will address "The High Cost of Christmas." The Chancel Choir will present a choral rendition of the traditional carol, "O, Holy Night." Holy Communion will be served, and all are invited. The church is at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Texas Parkway.
Crosspoint’s North Crestview campus will offer a contemporary Christmas Eve service at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 22. It will also offer a Crosspoint Kids: Family Experience (FX) – Jingle Jam at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 24. It will have contemporary Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Contemporary Christmas Eve Services include candle-lighting and Communion (and not at FX services). Kids programs are provided for Pre-K and younger at the Contemporary services, and for birth through age 2 at the FX services. The location is 6268 Old Bethel Road.
The South Crestview campus will offer a contemporary Christmas Eve service at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 22 and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Dec. 22. It will also offer contemporary Christmas Eve services at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24 and a traditional service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. All services will include candle-lighting and Communion. Kids programs are provided for Pre-K and younger at the contemporary services. Champions Ministry for children with special needs will be open during the 4 p.m. service. No kids programs will be available for the traditional service on Christmas Eve.
Grace Destin Lutheran Church
Grace Destin Lutheran Church will offer a Christmas Eve worship service at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24 and Christmas day worship at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 25.
Impact Life Church
Impact Life Church will offer a candlelight Christmas service at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dec. 22 at 1021 U.S. Highway 98.
Shoreline Church, 140 Palmetto St. (in the old Nightown building), invites the public to join them for a Star Wars Christmas. Service times are 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 22. Service times for Christmas Eve are 5 and 6:30 p.m. Each week, expect a unique environment that will take you to a galaxy far, far away with kid-friendly crafts and activities, live music and performance elements, movie characters, flight simulators and other fun surprises. Find more information on Facebook and Instagram.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 307 Harbor Blvd, Destin, will have a Christmas Eve service at 4:30 p.m. Call 850-650-2737.
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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will have two services Christmas Eve. The 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. services both will include Scriptures, carols, Communion and candles. The nursery will be available at both services. Everyone is welcome. The church is at 363 Miracle Strip Parkway, SW (Hwy. 98, across from Liza Jackson Park) in Fort Walton Beach.
Olivet Baptist Church
The community is invited to join Olivet Baptist Church, 5240 Dogwood Drive, this Christmas season as Pastor William Milam leads the church through Advent. The Olivet Choir will perform its Christmas Musical at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 in the service. At 5 p.m. Dec. 24, all are welcome to partake in the annual candlelight Christmas Eve service with the handheld candles and traditional Christmas carols.
First Church Milton
First Church Milton will present a Christmas sermon series, "The Christmas Experience, The Nativity Story in Real-Time," Sundays in December. Hours are 8:30 and 11 a.m. as listed at the church, 6830 Berryhill Road.
Planned topics include the joy of the shepherds Dec. 22; and the hope of the wise men Dec. 29. The church invites everyone to also participate in its small groups during the Advent study series titled, “Almost Christmas. Hours are Wednesdays at 1:30 or 6 p.m.
Crosspoint’s Niceville campus will offer a traditional Christmas Eve service at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 22 and a contemporary service 9:32 a.m. Dec. 22. It will also offer contemporary Christmas Eve services at 2:30, 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24 and traditional Christmas Eve services at 3:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m. The location is 214 Partin Drive S.
Crosspoint’s Bluewater Bay campus will offer a contemporary Christmas Eve service at 11:05 a.m. Dec. 22. It will also offer contemporary Christmas Eve services at 2:35, 4:05 and 5:35 p.m. Dec. 24. The location is 4400 Highway 20 East, Suite 600.
First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church in Niceville will present a Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols free of charge for the community. The event is 5 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Church, 1800 John Sims Parkway, Niceville.
First United Methodist Church of Pace
First United Methodist Church of Pace will offer a traditional service at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 22 followed by a coffee fellowship at 9:30 a.m. The contemporary service is at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 22 followed by a coffee fellowship at 10:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages is 9:45-10:30 a.m. The church will also offer a Blue Christmas service at 6 p.m. Dec. 22. A candlelight Christmas Eve service with Communion is 7 p.m. Dec. 24. A nursery is available for all services.
Good Shepherd Shalimar
Christmas Light is the theme for this year’s Advent services at Good Shepherd Shalimar, 1 Meigs Drive. The Christmas Eve service is called “When Your Heart is Heavy” at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. The Christmas Day service is called “When Your Darkness is Depleting” at 10 a.m. Dec. 25.
Shalimar United Methodist Church
Shalimar United Methodist Church will host a Youth Choir-led service at 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Join them in the sanctuary for lessons and carols celebrating Christ's birth. This service is family-friendly, but nursery care is provided. It will end with Communion and candlelight.
At 7 p.m. Dec. 24, join in the sanctuary as the chancel choir leads lessons and carols celebrating Christ's birth. This service is family-friendly, but nursery care is provided. It will end with Communion and candlelight.
There will also be a children-led service at 3 p.m. and a contemporary service at 11:07 a.m. Check Facebook.com/ShalimarUMC for more events.
The Gathering at Sandestin
The Gathering at Sandestin will offer a Christmas Eve Service at 4 p.m. in the Linkside Exhibit Center. It will be a short but meaningful service, with the reading of the Christmas story and singing of some favorite Christmas hymns. It concludes with the candlelight singing of "Silent Night" by the congregation. The Church is at 1126 Prestwick Place, Miramar Beach.
Good News United Methodist Church
Join Good News United Methodist Church this Christmas Eve for services that will share the wonder of Jesus’ birth. Services are at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. at 4747 U.S. Highway 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach.
Hope on the Beach
Hope on the Beach will celebrate Christmas with worship at 3:30 p.m. Christmas Eve on the beach at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access. There will be a Christmas Eve Worship Experience at 3:30 p.m. on Inlet Beach at Orange Street.
There will also be an evening candlelight service with Communion at 7 p.m. at the campus building at 3834 U.S. Highway 98 West, Santa Rosa Beach. Take the stairs or the elevator to the second floor. The elevator is in the southeast corner of the building. There is additional parking behind the building. In the event of inclement weather, check Hope on the Beach’s Facebook page or HopeontheBeach.com. Call 850-267-0322.
Valparaiso First Church
Join Valparaiso First Church for a candlelight service to celebrate the birth of Christ 5:30-6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. Through song and the arts, be reminded of the love of God in sending His own Son for each person. Every family will get an ornament to commemorate the night and the season. The church is at 571 Valparaiso Parkway.