The free event will include hot cocoa, live entertainment and a special appearance from Santa on a Woodstock fire engine. Youngsters of all ages can enjoy snow, marshmallow roasting and sledding.
“The event has grown every year,” said Ross Wiseman, the lead pastor at Momentum Church. “Last year we had about 1,600 people, now we have a sled riding hill coated with snow from the snow machine where kids can go sledding.”
Momentum Church’s band featuring singers, saxophone and a variety of instruments will play holiday favorites and provide music throughout the event.
“A lot of people go to Christmas events at churches, so we wanted to create an experience where people could come out and enjoy something,” Wiseman said. “At 5 p.m., Santa will arrive. Santa comes off the fire engine and comes to the gazebo, then does a Christmas song. It is his last stop before he goes out for the night to deliver presents.”
The event is meant to capture a traditional and vintage feel of a family Christmas.
About 40 volunteers were involved from the church to help make it possible for the community, the pastor said. The church partnered with two skating rinks in the area to provide the snow.
Families will have the opportunity to take holiday photos with the realistic snow blowing in the air as a backdrop.
“While Jesus is celebrated, it’s not really a service, instead it’s more of a Christmas Eve family activity,” Wiseman said. “It is a chance to come create a new family tradition in Woodstock. It is early enough in the evening to where Christmas plans won’t be interrupted. Every year, more people have come out to attend the holiday event.”
For more information go to www.ChristmasinWoodstock.com or www.MomentumChurch.tv.