Heights Church celebrates Christmas with Winter Wonderland
PRESCOTT - The Heights Church brings the quintessential celebration of Christmas to the Prescott community on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 amid the glow of a quarter-million lights shining across its campus.
All of the activities begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m., with candlelight services at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in the main auditorium. Throughout both evenings, visitors can walk up to the cross east of the main auditorium building to receive communion and pray with the Heights Church's pastors and elders.
"Come any time," said creative arts director Justin Unger of the Heights' Christmas event. "It's like an open house" to "bring the message of Christmas to our community" in a spirit of tradition and fellowship.
Besides observing the solemnity of Christmas, the Heights has planned festivities for the entire family. During the light show, from 6:10 to 8:50 p.m. in the grass south of the main auditorium, lights "dance and move" with music that is "very theatrical and takes you to a place of wonder," Unger said.
Families can visit the ornament workshop in the Winter Wonderland and make a Christmas ornament to take home. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy a trip to the Chocolate Factory in the tent west of the children's building, and free cookies, hot cocoa and apple cider will be available under the ramada and at various refreshment stands throughout the campus.
The focal point of Christmas is the birth of Christ, and visitors will get a first-hand experience of the story of the Nativity during the Wise Men's Journey in an interactive horse-drawn hayride from 6 to 8:40 p.m.
Parking for the event, which is free, will be directed by a security team with trolleys that will take people from the parking spaces located farther from the church. As guests walk onto the church campus, greeters will give them a map and explain where the various settings are. The Heights Church is located at 2121 Larry Caldwell Drive, just off Highway 89A.
Since most activities take place outside, the church advises guests to dress warmly.
"The whole event creates a childlike wonder and awe of Christmas and the true story of Christmas," Unger said.