Where to find church services in L.A. this Christmas Eve


On Christmas Eve, the English Tudor-style chapel with stained glass windows and exposed beams is usually decorated with garlands, poinsettias and little white lights as generations of families and friends gather much the same way the congregation of First United Methodist Church of Seal Beach has done each year on this night for more than a century. And for the past 20-plus years or so, my family has been among them.

Sitting close together on long wooden pews, we listened to the Christmas story, sang hymns and, after taking communion, filed into the adjacent social hall where, one by one, we lit handheld candles in the semidarkness and sang every verse of “Silent Night.” And as the song drew to a close, we raised the slender white tapers that illuminated the circle of familiar faces and seemed to reflect the simple message of love at the heart and soul of the Christmas spirit.

This year, due to precautionary measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, the celebration will be virtual. Will it still choke me up the way it does every year? I’m not sure. However, like congregants of myriad churches all over the Southland, I will be logging in online anyway, in front of my own decorations, perhaps with my own candles, Sunday best optional.


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“These are the days when we really need to know that we’re loved and cared for and that COVID is not the end-all,” said the Rev. Tia Wildermuth of First United Methodist Church Seal Beach.

“Christmas Eve is a time to remember that God brought Christ into the world and to celebrate what that means in our lives,” said Wildermuth. “It’s always worth tuning in somewhere to hear the music, the Scriptures again, and open yourself up to the Holy Spirit. ... Amazing things happen when we open ourselves to God.”

In adherence to health and safety pandemic guidelines that caution against gathering in groups and singing in public spaces, many churches will be offering live or prerecorded online programs, while some congregations with large, outside seating areas plan to provide socially distanced, in-person programming. In an era of unpredictability, double check dates and times before you go, and give yourself a little extra time to log in online.

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Here is a short list of services being held on Dec. 23 and 24 around Los Angeles. If we missed your favorite Christmas Eve service, please share details in the comments section.

All Saints’, the Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills

Christmas Eve holy communion will be livestreamed at 5 p.m. at (310) 275-0123.


Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels

Christmas Vigil Masses will be held on the cathedral plaza at 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, at 2 p.m. in English and at 4 p.m. in English and Spanish, with a limited capacity of 130 people. At 6 p.m., a mass in English and Spanish will be livestreamed from inside the cathedral and can be attended online at and (213) 680-5200.

Christ Cathedral

Outdoor masses will be held on Christmas Eve at 3 p.m. in English, at 5 p.m. in Vietnamese and at 7 p.m. in Spanish at 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove. Livestreamed mass available remotely at (714) 971-2141.

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Danish Lutheran Church and Cultural Center of Southern California

Christmas Eve services will stream live at 11 a.m. via Facebook @The Danish Lutheran Church and (714) 993-6362.

First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles

Christmas Eve service will be live from 6 to 8 p.m. online at (323) 735-1251.

First United Methodist Church Seal Beach

The Christmas Eve candlelight service will livestream at 7 p.m. on Facebook @First Church of Seal Beach and also at (562) 431-0494.

Grace Brethren Church Long Beach


A virtual Christmas Eve service will be live from 5 to 6 p.m. at (562) 595-6881.

Iglesia Presbiteriana Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Christmas Eve services in English and Spanish will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. on Facebook @immanuelpres. (213) 389-3191.

Mariners Church

Christmas Eve services will be held on the Irvine campus lawn at 5001 Newport Coast Drive in Irvine at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Reservations are required for the 2, 4 and 6 p.m. services., (949) 769-8100.

Pasadena Presbyterian Church

A virtual, prerecorded children’s pageant of the Christmas story will be shown on Facebook and YouTube channels at 4 p.m. The Christmas Eve candlelight service will be livestreamed in English, Spanish and Korean at 5 p.m. To access remote viewing links, go to and click on the Livestreaming tab. (626) 793-2191.

Peninsula Community Church

Christmas Eve services will be livestreamed at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. (310) 377-4661.


Santa Clarita United Methodist Church

Traditional Christmas Eve services will be live online at 4 and 7 p.m. at and on Facebook @Santa Clarita United Methodist Church. A Blue Christmas Eve service — for those experiencing difficult times, recent loss or grief — will be live online at 5:30 p.m. (661) 297-3783.

Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch

Christmas Eve services will be streamed live every hour beginning at noon on Dec. 24.

St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church

Christmas Eve mass will be held at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the church at 520 E. Orange Grove, Burbank, and also shown via livestream at (818) 846-3443.

West Angeles Church of God in Christ


At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, the Christmas candlelight service will stream live at, or, or the West Angeles Church of God in Christ YouTube channel. (323) 733-8300.

Westwood Hills Congregational Church

The Christmas Eve service will be live online at 6:30 p.m. at and Facebook @WestwoodUCC. (310) 474-7327