2023 Community Christmas Festival

We celebrate the Christmas story in community together.

All Are welcome to this joyous event.

Live Animals

Living Nativity

Hot snacks

Cookies

Warm beverages

Crafts

Activities Indoors and outdoors

Community art project

Musicians

Carol Singing

Welcome to the Community Christmas Festival!

Christmas is a time to make spirits bright, but too often when we look around, we are faced with loneliness, poverty, hunger and injustice. In Beth’s sermon last week, she mentioned that “losing hope is something only the extremely privileged can afford to do, for if someone with very little loses hope, they lose all they have.”

This year, our Christmas Festival focuses on brightening the spirits of our friends, neighbors and strangers in need, moving us to action rather than allowing us to sit in despair. Whether you are still shopping for Christmas gifts with a purpose, need a wreath for your door or a centerpiece for your table that also supports the hope and growth of Plymouth’s teens, want to brighten the spirits of our homebound parishioners, let recent immigrants or LGBTQ homeless teens know they matter and are loved, make Christmas gifts for community members with mental illness, or feed the birds, you will find opportunities to do all of this and more at Plymouth Saturday afternoon, December 9.

Between 3 and 5 p.m., we will have live animals, festive music, food from Empanadas del Sur and our own cookie baking elves, activities and games galore, and a group carol sing and tree lighting! Arrive at 2:55 to witness Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem as they welcome us in for a warm and wonderful afternoon. You will not want to miss this extremely special day.

Please bring cash, checks, and credit cards as there will be a variety of ways to donate money and items to purchase, as well as any no longer needed outdoor winter wear (men’s medium and up coats and snowpants especially needed). Dress in layers so you can enjoy our festivities both indoors and out!

We will see you on the 9th at three!

Help Needed!

The theme of this year’s Community Christmas Festival is “Making Spirits Bright,” and your help is needed to do just that! We are in need of your Christmas decorations, whether for your house or your tree! We’ll be re-using them, either for the Senior High “Decoration Station” (where you can come and enhance your fresh Christmas wreath, swag or garland with whatever baubles and spangles you choose) or donating them to freshen up the Christmas decor at Nicollet Square (supportive housing for teens and young adults moving out of homelessness and foster care). Everyone deserves a bright and cheerful holiday, and you can reduce, reuse, recycle, and rejoice, all by bringing your ornaments, lights and decorations to the bright blue bin outside of Nina’s office (or leaving them clearly marked for Nina at the front desk) between now and December 6th!

The Community Christmas festival is in need of your Christmas items! Nina is currently collecting the following Christmas items, all of which can be dropped in the large box outside her office or left clearly labeled with her name at the front desk:

  • Old Christmas Ornaments of any kind (not broken please)
  • Garlands
  • Battery operated strings of Christmas lights (must be working, and have been tested!!)
  • Old Christmas cards, Not ones with family photos but any Christmas cards with Christmas images or messages on them.
  • Old Advent calendars
  • Wreath hangers (the metal ones that go over doors)

I’m potentially interested in other types of Christmas decor/items. Feel free to email me at  if you have questions.

Calling All Cookie Elves!

We are looking for bakers and shoppers JUST LIKE YOU to contribute a dozen or more cookies for our Christmas Festival attendees on December 9. Our donation request is increased this year to also freeze and serve attendees for the Homeless March on December 14th. If your contribution is gluten-free, please note this in your sign-up and label the package/container so we can ensure a separate separate tray. We request that you bring your contributions to Jones Commons on Saturday, December 9, by 2 p.m.

Thank you so much for your support! Please sign up here to let us know what you can bring.