Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, and Christians usually want to give thanks, as well as unwrap presents and feast with family. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, there are six houses of worship that will be available on or near Christmas.
CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 941-778-0719, will have a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-1638, will have a Holy Eucharist on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 8 a.m. and Lessons and Carols at 10:30 a.m. On Christmas Eve, there will be Family Eucharist with music at 5 p.m., carols at 10:30 p.m. and Festival Eucharist with music at 11 p.m. There will be a Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. on Christmas day.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-1813, will host its regular 9:30 a.m. service and fellowship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, 941-779-1912, will hold a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 941-778-0414, will hold a Christmas Eve family service from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary with the Joyful Noise Children’s Choir singing. At 9 p.m., there will be a Christmas Eve candlelight service.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-4769, has Christmas Eve Mass at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Christmas Day Mass at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.