midnight mass and candlelight christmas eve services near boston

With holiday lights illuminating our neighborhoods and Christmas trees adorning many homes, it is evident there is an overwhelming feeling of holiday cheer. And just as the people that make up the city of Boston are diverse, so are what the holidays mean to each of us. To some, it is a celebration of presents and family, to others, goodwill. And for some, the holidays are a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

From Catholic to non-denominational, there is no shortage of Boston-area Christmas worship services. If you are looking for a special Christmas Eve parish pageant, a candlelight service, or a midnight mass, there’s a place near you. From living nativities to singalongs, here are some Christmas Eve services in the Boston area that go beyond your average worship.


Acton Congregational Church :: Family Christmas Service and Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 24
5 p.m. :: Children’s service with Christmas pageant
7:30 p.m. :: Concert — prelude ahead of the 8 p.m. candlelight service
12 Concord Road, Acton
978-263-2728 | actonc.org


Trinity Church Boston :: Candlelight Carols

Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m. :: Concert of Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, December 16, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. :: Candlelight Carols
Sunday, December 17, 2 p.m. :: Candlelight Carols
617-536-0944 | trinitychurchboston.org

Old North Church :: Christmas Eve Family Service

Sunday, December 24, 4 p.m.
193 Salem St., Boston (North End)
617-523-6676 | oldnorth.com

Cathedral of the Holy Cross :: Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

Monday, December 25, 12 a.m.
1400 Washington St., Boston (South End)
617-542-5682 | holycrossboston.com


Presbyterian Church in Burlington :: Children’s Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 17, 10:30 a.m., during the Sunday worship service
335 Cambridge St., Burlington
781-272-9190 | burlingtonpres.org


Grace Community Church :: Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Sunday, December 24, 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
275 Billerica Rd., Chelmsford
978-256-2626 | grace-community.org


West Congregational Church :: Christmas Eve Kids’ Service

Sunday, December 24
10:30 a.m. :: Morning Worship & WestKids
4 p.m. and 6 p.m. :: Christmas Eve Service
767 Broadway, Haverhill
978-373-3034 | westchurch.org


Faith Community Church of Hopkinton :: Christmas Eve Services

Friday, December 22, 7 p.m., online and in person
Saturday, December 23, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
146 E. Main St., Hopkinton
508-435-5900 | fcch.org


Grace Chapel (Various Locations) :: Christmas Eve Services

Saturday, December 23, 7:00 p.m., in Lexington
Sunday, December 24
3 p.m. in Foxboro
3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Wilmington
2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. in Lexington
781-862-6499 | grace.org


Christ Church :: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Sunday, December 24, 4 p.m., followed by carol singing and candlelight Eucharist at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, December 25, 9 a.m., carols followed by Eucharist in the Chapel
1132 Highland Ave., Needham
781-444-1469 | ccneedham.org


Westgate Church :: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 24, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
100 Winter St., Weston
(781) 237-2633 | westgate-church.org


St. John — St. Paul Catholic Collaborative

Sunday, December 24, 3:30 p.m., youth choir prelude and carols, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., Mass
9 Glen Road, Wellesley
781-235-0045 | sjspwellesley.org


St. Luke the Evangelist :: Children’s Mass, Spanish Mass, and Midnight Mass

Sunday, December 24
6 p.m. :: Family Mass with Parish Pageant
70 W. Main St., Westborough
508-366-5502 | stlukes-parish.org

As schedules change from time to time, please double check websites for service times and possible weather-related updates.

Jacquelyn Eckmann
Jacquelyn (Jakki) is a Texas native who made the Greater Boston area her home several years ago. Jakki is the founder of Social Betty, a social media management and consulting agency, and runs the company with her husband, Chris. She loves the flexibility that being self-employed gives her, and truly appreciates that she is able to attend mid-day school events for her children, Caleb (11), and Kennedy (6). A lover of the written word, music, and makeup, Jakki enjoys a good book, concerts at small venues, and discount shopping. Though life is busy for her family (overcommitting to extracurricular activities regularly), Jakki and her husband make it a point to get to the city and enjoy a ride on the T, a craft beer, and dinner at Legal Harborside or Boston Burger Co.- both with the kids and without.


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