Christmas at First Parish


An international pandemic could not extinguish the magic of Christmas, and although our traditions may not be what they once were, we are incredibly grateful for any opportunity to safely gather together. Whether indoors or outdoors, each year we are making new traditions of celebration and joy.

Join us for our events and worship services during this Christmas Season!

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Public Health & Safety Reminders

All of our Christmas activities are “Covid-permitting” with regard to transmission rates, new variants, and other risk factors. Based on public health metrics, an event may have a modified format, a different setting, or be cancelled entirely. Be sure to check our Covid-19 Policies page to keep up to date on our protocol & procedures, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter for event and policy updates. 

In general, we encourage people to “err on the side of precaution” during the colder months when airborne viruses proliferate among people.  Maintain social distance, access fresh air, and use a mask, especially if you don’t feel well.  The main reason to wear a mask to protect others, and prevent the spread of any virus being carried by you, not them.

“Mask unto others as you would like people to mask unto you.”

Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24th

~ a Traditional Service of Lessons & Carols ~
4:00 pm  &  6:00 pm

We will have a traditional Service of Lessons and Carols, including beautiful carols, songs, a Christmas message, and concluding with singing Silent Night and then Joy to the World. Come celebrate the magic of Christmas, remember the birth of Jesus, and welcome the renewal of love and hope in our lives!


O Come, all ye singers! The First Parish Family Choir is making a joyful and triumphant return to 2023’s Christmas Eve services. We will have a brief rehearsal prior to each of the services in the parlor, at 3:30PM and 5:30PM, and will sing two anthems during the service. Please reach out to TJ Rufo-Curran with questions.


Covid protocols for the services will include keeping doors cracked OPEN to increase airflow from the outdoors, and we encourage folks to plan for cooler temperatures (wear a warm sweater, keep your coat with you, etc.). Attendees are asked to sit in alternating pews (they will be marked) and only with your immediate family/”pod”.


— Space is limited & Reservations are Required! —

Register for 4:00 PMRegister for 6:00 PM


Registration URLs:  &  If you are having problems registering online, you can make a reservation by contacting the Church Office at 781-893-7798 or

Missed out on Reservations for the 4:00 PM Service?
Concerned about Covid?

Fear not! We will be streaming our 4:00 PM service live on Zoom.
Click the button below to join.

The stream will be active starting around 3:45 PM on Sunday, December 24th.

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Church School Christmas Pageant!
Sunday, December 17th

Last year our Church School Christmas Pageant staged its triumphant return, and we’re back for an encore! On Sunday, December 17th our children and youth will re-enact the story of Christmas. In addition to rehearsals during church school, there will be a rehearsal after church on Sunday, December 10th, and a FULL run-through before the service on December 17th.

If your child(ren) would like to participate or if you have any questions about the First Parish Christmas Pageant (including the rehearsal schedule!), contact Sarah at We look forward to sharing this endearing and wholesome holiday tradition with everyone.

Rehearsal Schedule:

  • December 10th
    • 10:30 AM – during Church School
    • 11:30 AM (after worship) — Blocking & Rehearsal
  • December 17th
    • 9:15 AM — FULL run-through with costumes
    • 10:30 AM — our Christmas Pageant Service!

Upcoming Sunday Services

  • Sunday, December 10th – All-Music Sunday
    Join us for All-Music Sunday at First Parish Church, featuring our Choir singing extended selections of classical music. This is the 3rd Sunday in Advent with the theme of Joy; the traditional liturgical color is pink, so everyone is invited to wear something pink to church.
  • Sunday, December 17th – Christmas Pageant
    You don’t want to miss our annual Christmas Pageant during this special service!
  • Sunday, December 24th – the morning of Christmas Eve
    Join us for a special Yuletide worship service on the morning of Christmas Eve.
  • Sunday, December 31st – the morning of New Year’s Eve
    Ring in the new year and turn a page in the book of life! Join us for a service about setting intentions, manifesting joy, and letting go.

Upcoming Holiday Events

  • Friday, December 8th – Family Cookie Decorating and First Parish Christmas Party!
    • Join us for an evening of appetizers, ham, desserts, wine & soft drinks, and plenty of Christmas cheer!
    • Childcare for very young children will be available from 6:00-8:30pm. Family cookie decorating will take place from 6:00-6:30 pm in the Parish Hall, followed by pizza and a movie for the children and the reception for adults.
    • At 8:00, everyone will gather together in the Sanctuary to sing their favorite carols. A fire pit will be going outdoors for anyone who’d like to prolong the festivities after the caroling!

Make a Difference this Holiday Season!

First Parish has a long history and deep & passionate commitment to giving back to our community, including volunteering, service projects, and charitable giving. Visit our “Make a Difference” page for information about projects and opportunities to give back during the holidays.

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