Sat, Dec 23 / 5pm
Sun, Dec 24 / 9am & 10:30am

Casual, Upbeat, and Engaging Candlelight Service Christmas Party for kids(birth through 5th grade)

Christmas Eve FAQ

Q: We aren’t exactly “churchy” people…will we fit in?

A: Absolutely! We aren’t exactly a “churchy” church.  We want our services to be casual, upbeat, and engaging.  We think you’ll fit right in (and maybe even love it!).

Q: Will all three services be the same?

A: Yes!  Pick the one that fits your schedule, and the one your friends are most interested in attending!

Q: What is happening for kids?

A: We have a “Christmas Pajama Party” theme for the kiddos!  So if you come Saturday night – the kiddos can come in their pajamas and be ready for bed.  If you come Sunday morning – the kiddos can come right from bed!  Easy-peezy lemon-squeezy!

Q: What if we want our kids to come dressed up in special Christmas clothes or don’t want to wear pajamas?

A: Awesome! No worries.  All the kids will have fun regardless of what they are wearing.  Our kids team will be rocking some really fun Christmas t-shirts, and the activities will be great for everyone!

Q: Will there be candle-lighting and traditional Christmas music?

A: Yes! Even though we are known for being a more modern church, we’ll end each service with candle-lighting and a few traditional songs like Silent Night, O Holy Night, and Joy To the World.

Saturday, December 9


Pictures With Santa, Live Music, Crafts for Kids
Also: Hundreds of free shoes to give away

Tree Lighting FAQ


Q: Will this be a religious ceremony?

A: Nope. It is hosted by hopecity church, but we’re just here to have fun with our friends and neighbors.  Think “Santa Baby” rather than “Silent Night” for this event.  However, we will be inviting everyone to join us for our Christmas Eve services on December 23rd and 24th!

Q: What time does it start?

A: The event officially begins at 4pm.  We will have the tree lighting at 5pm.  It will end at 6pm.

Q: What will be happening besides the tree lighting?

A: A lot!

  • Target Gift-Card Giveaway
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Hot mini-donuts from Donut Days food cart
  • Coffee and Hot Chocolate
  • Dessert Bites
  • Christmas Ornament crafts for the kids
  • Hundreds of free (new) shoes to give away
  • Live Music
  • Fire Pits
  • Food Collection and distribution for families in need
  • Stocking Stuffing area as we prepare stockings for families in need.

Q: Is everything really free?!?

A: Yes! Everything!  Pictures with Santa, Food, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Kids Crafts…it’s all free! Plus we’re giving away hundreds of pairs of shoes to anyone who needs them…all free!

Q: What if it rains?!?

A: It’s Portland!  The shoes giveaway and pictures with Santa will be inside regardless of the weather.  Everything else will be outside – so dress appropriately!

Q: Will there be any heat besides the fire pits?

A: Yes! We have portable heaters rented to keep everyone as cozy as possible!

Q: Can I contribute a tax-deductible donation to support this event?

A: Sure! and select “Christmas Outreach Offering.”

Regarding Shoe Giveaway

Q: What sizes of shoes will there be?

A: We don’t know. It’s a first-come, first-serve basis.

Q: Can I take shoes for people who aren’t at the event?

A: Sadly, no.  You have to attend the event to receive free shoes.  It’s one pair of shoes per person.

Regarding Food Giveaway

Q: Can I bring canned food to help contribute?

A: Yes, absolutely!  Bring canned foods for families in need!

Q: Can I take food home with me?

A: Yes, absolutely!  We will have dozens of bags of groceries available.  One bag per family.

Regarding Stocking Stuffing

Q: Are the stockings for families to take home with them?

A: No. The stockings are part of a a charity from  The stockings will be distributed through them to families in need in Clackamas County.

Q: Can we bring stocking stuffing items to donate?

A: Yes!  Bring any or all of the following

  • hats
  • toothbrushes
  • mild bar soap
  • gloves
  • toothpaste
  • hairbrushes
  • combs
  • socks
  • adult shampoo
  • kids 2-in-1 shampoo
  • razors
  • shaving cream
  • hand and foot warmers
  • activity books

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8950 SE 36th
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