Christmas Eve [Sanctuary 10 am, 3 pm, 5 pm, Online 5 pm]

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Christmas Eve [Sanctuary 10 am, 3 pm, 5 pm, Online 5 pm]

December 24, 2023

Experience the joy of the Christmas season in person at University Presbyterian Church at 10 am, 3 pm & 5 pm. Our candlelight service of story and song will feature traditional hymns and carols, readings of the Christmas story from the Bible, and a message from Pastor Aaron Williams entitled “The Advent of Joy”.

In Person | 10 am, 3 pm, 5 pm

Online | 5 pm


Christmas Eve Information 


ADA Parking | A dropoff zone is located on 15th Ave NE near the wooden sanctuary doors, plus an underground garage is accessible from 16th Ave NE with direct access to the building. 

North Lot | Located on NE 47th St — surface lot with parking for all. 

West Lot | Located on 15th Ave NE — surface lot with parking for all (please cross at the crosswalk). 

4545 Garage | Located on 15th Ave NE — multiple levels of covered parking (please cross at the crosswalk).



Everyone should enter through the glass doors on the corner of 15th and 47th by the Welcome Kiosk.

Those with limited mobility may enter through the underground garage or use the 15th Ave NE Dropoff Zone (Sanctuary Wood Doors) 

Sanctuary wood doors are EXIT ONLY (except for ADA needs). 

The sanctuary & balcony will open 30 minutes before each service. Those arriving early will be asked to wait in line in the north hallway.

There will be overflow seating in Geneva Hall with a live broadcast of the service.  



Children will join their parents in the sanctuary. There are no children’s classes during any service on Christmas Eve.  

Kids will each get a craft hand out with activities to help them follow along with the service in the Sanctuary/Balcony. 

Knox Family Room will be available for all kids/families and is equipped with additional children’s supplies.  



Hot chocolate and coffee will be available in the library, which is located next to the line for the next service. 

Services will last approximately one hour.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I park for Christmas Eve Service?

We have 4 parking lots for you to utilize on Christmas Eve. There are two surface parking lots – across NE 47th Street (North Lot) and across 15th Ave NE (West Lot). You can also park in the above-ground garage across 15th Ave NE from the church (4545 Garage). Please be sure to use the crosswalks to get to the building.

You can find more information and maps to our parking lots HERE


If I require accessible parking or have limited mobility, where should I park?

We have two options for individuals requiring accessible parking. First, we will have a “Limited Mobility Drop Off Zone” on 15th Ave NE with access to the building only 15 feet away. Second, we will have our underground garage available, with direct access to the building. The underground garage is located on 16th Ave NE. There will be plenty of signage directing you to either location.


Where do I enter the building?

We have a large church, and it can be a little confusing where our “front door” is located! On Christmas Eve, we are going to utilize the glass doors, located on the corner of 15th Ave NE and NE 47th St, as our main entrance. We are asking that everyone enters the building through those doors unless requiring limited mobility access from the drop-off zone.

If you need assistance entering the building, we will have greeters ready to help you enter through the wooden doors by the limited mobility drop-off zone.


When should I arrive for a service?

We will start each service promptly at its scheduled time, so be sure to arrive with enough time to find parking, cross the street, and find your seat in the sanctuary or balcony. We will keep the sanctuary and balcony closed until 30 minutes prior to each service start time. Anyone who arrives more than 30 minutes prior to a service will be asked to wait in a line that begins in the hallway leading into our lobby (Narthex).


What happens if I am running late for a service?

If you find yourself a little behind schedule on Christmas Eve, that is okay! We ask that you still enter through the glass doors, located on 15th and 47th, and head to the lobby. If there is space in the sanctuary or balcony, an usher will help you find a seat at the appropriate time of the service.

In the event that we are at full capacity in the sanctuary and balcony, we will have a designated overflow seating area in Geneva Hall with a live broadcast of the service.


Will there be Children’s Programming?

All three of our in-person services will be family-friendly! There will be no children’s programming available, so no need to check in your child before the service. Each child will be encouraged to follow along with the service by receiving a craft hand out filled with fun activities!

Across the lobby, from the sanctuary, there will be a designated family room equipped with toys, rocking chairs, and children’s activities available to all families during all three services.


Will there be hot chocolate and coffee available?



What if I still have a question?

We are here to help! Please send an email to


December 24, 2023
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UPC Sanctuary
4540 15TH AVE NE
SEATTLE, WA 98105-4591 United States
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