I posted the services and observances for the various downtown churches last year and people seemed to appreciate it, so I’ll repeat it here. Downtown grows very quiet on Christmas eve (the actual evening, not so much earlier in the day) and certainly into Christmas Day. It’s actually one of my favorite times downtown because I can enjoy a long walk in solitude, which is pretty rare in the center city. It’s quiet enough to walk down the center of Gay Street until Christmas evening when people start filtering down for movies at the theater and such.
In the quiet interlude, there are services, songs and quiet homilies commemorating Christ’s birth. Here’s where you’ll find them if you’d like:
All Souls Church – Christmas Eve: 5:00 PM, Square Room
Church Street United Methodist – Christmas Eve: 12:00 Noon (Candlelight, Communion and Carolling) 3:00 PM (designed especially for families with children), 5:00 and 10:30 Traditional Candlelight Communion services
Crossings – None listed (usually meets Sundays, 9:00 and 10:30 in the Square Room).
First Baptist – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5:00 PM
First Presbyterian – Christmas Eve: 5:00 PM Family Service, 10:45 PM, Candlelight Communion and Lessons and Carols
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church – Christmas Eve: 6 PM Mass, Midnight Mass . Christmas Day – 10 AM Mass
Knoxlife Church – None listed (Now meets in the Bijou, formerly met in Remedy in the Old City).
St. John’s Episcopal – Christmas Eve: Holy Eucharist 12:00, 2:00, 6:00 and 10:30 PM, 4:00(Family Service) Childcare available at 12:00, 4:00 and 6:00. Christmas Day: Holy Eucharist 10:00 AM
St. John’s Lutheran – Christmas Eve: Services at 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM