Local Christmas Eve Services

Merry Christmas

Want to spend Christmas Eve among others celebrating “O Holy Night?”

Here’s a list of some local services:

Grace Presbyterian Church
153 Grove Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
December 24 5: pm Family Christmas Eve service celebrating the Birth of Jesus. It will feature fun music, classic carols, unique story telling and a message for all ages.
December 24, 8 pm Lessons and Carols traditional service singing your favorite Christmas hymns while hearing the story of Jesus’ birth.

First Congregational Church
40 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Christmas Eve Family Service, December 24, 5pm (music starts at 4:45)
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Holy Communion, December 24, 10 pm. Gather at 9:45 for special music.

St. John’s Episcopal Church
55 Montclair Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Christmas Eve Family Service at 4 pm with a children’s pageant, festive music, communion and a special sermon for children by the Rev. Candace Sandfort.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 9 pm with carols and communion. Silent Night is sung at the end of the service with the lights dimmed and and each participant given a small candle to light and hold.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Christmas Eve at 5 pm (Family Service with Junior Choir)
10:30 pm (Choral Festival with Senior Choir)

Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair
53 Norwood Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Family Carol Service at 5 pm with children’s choirs
Candlelight Lessons & Carols with the Youth Choir at 8 pm
Candlelight Lessons & Carols at 11:00 p.m. with the Chancel Choir

Montclair Community Church
143 Watchung Avenue, Montclair NJ 07043
Songs and hymns, special musical presentations and more at service at 7 pm

St. James Episcopal Church
581 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Family Choral Holy Eucharist celebrating Christmas on December 24 at 4 pm
Christmas Eve service preceeded by a Musical Prelude presented by the Director of Music, Sean Price at 10 pm followed by a Choral Holy Eucharist at 10:30 pm

St. Cassian Roman Catholic Church
187 bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
4 pm Family Mass
6 pm Vigil Mass
10:30 pm Evening Mass

St. Peter Claver Church
56 Elmwood Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
4:30 pm Tri-lingual Christmas Carols sung by hildren’s Choir followed by the Christmas Vigil Family Mass at 5 pm
11:30 pm Christmas Carols sing a long leading into Christmas Midnight Mass.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair
67 Church Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
The 5 pm service is especially for families with young children. The choir will sing at the 7:30 gathering, which will be a more reflective worship experience.

Union Congregational Church
176 Cooper Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
5 pm Family Service has walk-on pageant, costumes provided, & childcare.
7:30 pm Jazz Service features the UCC Band
10 pm Candle Light Service includes the Sanctuary & Bell Choirs.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception
30 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ,07042
4 pm Mass with Children’s Choir
6 pm Vigil Mass
10 pm A concert of Carols
10:30 pm Solemn Mass of Christmas with Choir and Brass

Christ Church
Church Street & Trinity Place, Montclair, NJ 07042
Worship and rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ at 5 pm service

Glen Ridge Congregational Church
195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ
4:30 pm Family Service
8 pm Candlelight Service
11 pm Midnight Service

Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green
147 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols begins at 8 pm in the Parish House

Christ Episcopal Church
74 Park Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ
5 pm traditional service featuring children’s choir followed by a sermon and Eucharist.
10 pm Choral Eucharist with traditional choral Eucharist and the Anglican Lessons & Carols.



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  1. For an authentic Tridentine Latin Mass @ Midnight, I would suggest St. Anthony of Padua : https://www.latin-mass.net/

    It’s a pity none of the esthetically pleasing, large and beautiful cathedrals that grace Montclair center offer any Pre-Vatican II liturgy.

    Also, for those craving the bells and smells of Orthodox liturgy, right off of Upper Mountain there’s St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
    237 Long Hill Rd.,
    Little Falls, NJ 07424

    a bit further around the corner there’s

    Sacred Heart Armenian Catholic Church
    155 Long Hill Rd
    Little Falls, NJ 07424

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