Local churches and organizations offer last minute Christmas activities

Celebrate the coming Christmas holiday at local events and venues

With Christmas fast approaching, many holiday events and spectacles have begun to wind down for the season. However, there are still several opportunities to take part in Christmas fun before the holiday occurs.

For those looking to experience a traditional Christmas church service, multiple churches throughout Clark County are hosting candlelight services on Christmas Eve this Sun., Dec. 24. Photo by Mike Schultz
For those looking to experience a traditional Christmas church service, multiple churches throughout Clark County are hosting candlelight services on Christmas Eve this Sun., Dec. 24. Photo by Mike Schultz

On Sat., Dec. 23, the Camas Public Library will host a holiday story time for kids from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature readings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and other stories. The stories will be read by storyteller Christopher Leebrick.

On Sat., Dec. 23, Magenta Theater’s Improv Team will perform a Christmas show to help attendees de-stress from holiday shopping and preparation. The comedy show will take place at Magenta Theater, located at 1108 Main Street, Vancouver, WA, 98660, and will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 when purchased at the door.

Decorating houses with Christmas lights is a holiday tradition for many. Many houses around Clark County, including this one at 605 NW 23rd Avenue in Battle Ground, have been decorated with eye catching light displays. Photo by Mike Schultz
Decorating houses with Christmas lights is a holiday tradition for many. Many houses around Clark County, including this one at 605 NW 23rd Avenue in Battle Ground, have been decorated with eye catching light displays. Photo by Mike Schultz

For those looking for a peaceful or spiritual experience, many local churches will host Christmas Eve services on Sun., Dec. 24.

The St. John Lutheran Church will hold a special evening service on Thu., Dec. 21 called The Longest Night: A Service of Light, Compassion and Hope. For those feeling tired or lonely from holiday preparations, the service will offer a quiet time of music, prayers, scripture and candles. According to the church’s Facebook page, “the service is about peace and hope as well as the reminder that Christ is with us, even in our darkest hour.”

Some homeowners choose to convey holiday spirit with light displays that are simple, but still help light up the neighborhood with Christmas cheer, such as this house at 2207 NW 5th Street in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz
Some homeowners choose to convey holiday spirit with light displays that are simple, but still help light up the neighborhood with Christmas cheer, such as this house at 2207 NW 5th Street in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz

The service begins at 7 p.m., and is located at 11005 NE Highway 99 in Vancouver.

Brush Prairie Baptist Church will host a Christmas Eve service at 10:45 a.m. on Dec. 24. The church also offers a special Candlelight Service for the whole family at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The church is located at 11814 NE 117th Avenue, Vancouver, WA, 98662.

Battle Ground Foursquare Church will host Christmas Eve services at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 24. The service will feature family candle lighting and gifts for children. The Foursquare church meets at Chief Umtuch Middle School, located at 700 NW 9th Street, Battle Ground, WA, 98604.

Some homeowners use a minimum of lights to decorate their property, yet create an elegant display of Christmas lights, as with this residence at 2710 NW Walden Drive in Camas. Photo by Mike Schultz
Some homeowners use a minimum of lights to decorate their property, yet create an elegant display of Christmas lights, as with this residence at 2710 NW Walden Drive in Camas. Photo by Mike Schultz

Crown and Anchor Church in Orchards will host two candlelight services on Christmas Eve. The first will be held at 5 p.m. and the second at 11 p.m. Crown and Anchor Church is located at 11900 NE 95th Street, #440, Vancouver, WA, 98682.

Many local homeowners have decorated their houses with Christmas lights, and a fun family activity is to load the family into the car and cruise through neighborhoods looking at the myriad of Christmas displays. Clark County Today has compiled a list of seven highlight homes that are worth checking out.

  • 605 NW 23rd Avenue, Battle Ground, WA
  • 2207 NW 5th Street, Battle Ground, WA
  • 2710 NW Walden Drive, Camas, WA
  • 11806 NE Riverridge Drive, Vancouver, WA
  • 11812 NE Riverridge Drive, Vancouver, WA
  • 15309 NE 7th Street, Vancouver, WA
  • 625 E Dogwood Avenue, La Center, WA

    While some homeowners choose a simple, elegant approach to Christmas lights, others decorate every inch of not only their house, but their yard as well. These eye catching displays, such as this one at 11806 NE Riverridge Drive in Vancouver, light up much of the street with Christmas lights. Photo by Mike Schultz
    While some homeowners choose a simple, elegant approach to Christmas lights, others decorate every inch of not only their house, but their yard as well. These eye catching displays, such as this one at 11806 NE Riverridge Drive in Vancouver, light up much of the street with Christmas lights. Photo by Mike Schultz
Some homes shine like beacons greeting the arrival of Christmas with their elaborate and bright displays of Christmas lights and decorations, as with this property at 15309 NE 7th Street in Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz
Some homes shine like beacons greeting the arrival of Christmas with their elaborate and bright displays of Christmas lights and decorations, as with this property at 15309 NE 7th Street in Vancouver. Photo by Mike Schultz
While some homeowners choose an elaborate approach to Christmas lights and decorations, some take a more subdued and simple approach that offers a playful approach to Christmas decorations. Photo by Mike Schultz
While some homeowners choose an elaborate approach to Christmas lights and decorations, some take a more subdued and simple approach that offers a playful approach to Christmas decorations. Photo by Mike Schultz
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Alex Peru is a 2017 graduate of Washington State University Vancouver. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and a double minor in Political Science and Business Administration. Peru grew up in Battle Ground, and graduated from CAM Academy in 2013. He worked for The VanCougar, WSU Vancouver’s campus newspaper, for three years, including one year as the editor-in-chief. When not working, Peru enjoys reading books about history, working on cars and enjoying the outdoors in Clark County’s beautiful rivers, lakes and forests.

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