Our Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service {Free Subscriber Download!}

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (free guide) | RaisingArrows.netEvery year, my family attended the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at our church. As the sun set, we sang hymns, followed the Christmas story, and watched as the final candle, the Christ candle, was lit. Then, the light was passed around the dark church and faces shown and eyes sparkled in the candlelight.

A people in darkness no more.

For many years after I married, we continued to travel to my home church for this special evening; however, as our family grew, the tradition became a scary one, rather than one filled with beauty.  I spent the first half of the service trying to keep the children from eating their candles and the second half trying to keep them from burning themselves. All this while sitting in a church pew longer than my arms could reach.  Finally, I decided we would have to give it up and just stay home.

However, I wasn’t about to let go of the tradition and all its rich meaning.  Instead, I exchanged the long church pew for my living room and wrote my own Christmas Eve service for our family to enjoy.


The Candlelight Service is a simple one, but so beautiful as it takes hymns and Scripture and follows the story from longing to realization to spreading the Good News!

Here is a list of supplies you will need to share in this wonderful tradition:

Christmas Eve Service Supply List

Added extra:
You can purchase gold, frankincense, and myrrh here:


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  1. I can’t begin to tell you what a blessing this will be for my family this Christmas Eve. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. Merry Christmas and God bless you!

  2. SO many times I find myself heart connecting with your thoughts and how you express them. Not to get all sappy-happy on you…but sometimes it’s good to hear and say…you fill a Spiritual Mentor void for me. We live in a very spiritually dark area of the country. My husband is Providentially (otherwise we’d be somewhere warmer with more churches!) leading a small church plant. And my heart resources are close to nil. I’ll have little pity parties more often than I care to admit. But then, you’ll post something that speaks to me. Encourages me. Challenges me. Frees me. And it’s such a blessing.

    Thank you. And Merry Christmas!


    • Awww, thank you, Danielle! That does my heart good. And I hope you can use this – It really such a simple, yet beautiful service. :)

  3. This was my FAVORITE part of Christmas growing up. I was disappointed to see that things had changed to more of a special music service the last time I was back. (I think that may have been the first time I took my husband back home.) I was thinking of writing my own service, too, to have at home, but it wasn’t going to happen this year very well, so thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this special tradition. I will put it in the works for our family’s Christmas dinner together. A few people in our family are lost (that sadly includes my Dad) and I hope this will help bring the light of Christ into their hearts.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Merry Christmas to you and yours and may your season be filled with Love, Laughter, and time with your Family.

  6. I’ve been thinking about doing something like this since we will actually be home this year instead of traveling. Reading the Christmas story, candles and family communion – I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Christmas.

  7. Your readers may also be interested in the Nine Lessons and Carols that date from 1918. King’s College, Cambridge, has a beautiful recording of this service.

  8. I’ve been a subscriber for a while. I would like a copy of your prayer service. How can I get it since the current emails I receive do not have the link? Thank you!!

  9. Hey. I subscribed as required and don’t seem to be able to access this Christmas resource for a Candlelight Service. Thanks for you help in advance.

  10. I can’t seem to find how to download this Christmas Eve Service. I am already signed up to receive your emails. Can you help? I already downloaded the Thanksgiving Service and would love to have the Christmas one as well! Thank you for your blog! I know it is a lot of work and I am continually blessed by it!

  11. Hi. I’d really like to download your free Christmas Candlelight service… I can’t seem to get access to it. Can you please help?

    • Hi April! If you signed up for emails, you should have gotten a follow-up email with the link to the Subscriber Freebie page. Additionally, every email that comes from Raising Arrows website will have the link and password in the bottom of the email. :)

    • Hi Amy! It is a subscriber download, so it never goes away for subscribers to the blog. It’s on a password protected page here that can be accessed for subscribers. The password is in the bottom of every email that comes from the blog. :)

  12. I would love to have this! I’ve been a subscriber for a while. How do I get that link? Thanks for all your effort to bless others!

  13. Hi Amy,

    I signed up for this late – we are doing the Twelve Days of Christmas in our home this year and I think we can still incorporate this into our family worship. Will the emails still include a link even though it is past Christmas? Thank you for your time and Merry Christmas to you and your family.