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Journey to the Light: A Christmas Candlelight Drive-Thru Experience

Dec. 21-24, 5:00-9:00 pm

Every year, HOPE's Christmas Eve Candlelight Services bring more than 40,000 people together to celebrate the birth of our Savior with inspiring music, life-changing messages and the breathtaking beauty of “Silent Night” by candlelight. This year, even in the darkness of a pandemic, God’s light still breaks through for our world, and we’ve found a very exciting and creative way to celebrate as a church this Christmas!

Come to Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines for an unforgettable JOURNEY to the LIGHTa can’t-miss, one-of-a-kind Christmas drive-thru experience! As you embark on this spectacular journey through Hope’s parking lot, you’ll be invited to roll down your windows, turn up the heat, and enjoy the journey! Interactive kid’s activities are available and will be handed out as cars with children enter the parking lot (bring some crayons!) … but this isn’t just for kids. From your car, you’ll encounter all of Hope’s best Christmas worship traditions, and you’ll experience the Christmas story in brand-new ways — dazzling light shows, live Christmas music featuring Jon Mero and our talented Worship Band, and a cast of hundreds living out the story of the Messiah’s birth, from Old Testament prophets to radiant angels, to the shepherds and the sheep … and of course your pathway thru the parking lot leads to a living manger scene and a glimpse of heaven!

The entire event is FREE and all are welcome! Come and see! 

We also invite you to join us for our Online Christmas Eve Candlelight Services. Learn more here!

Directions & Entrance/Exit InfoDirections & Entrance/Exit Info
Get directions and helpful information regarding traffic flow for Journey to the Light.

Food Drive!
At the event we are accepting food donations, like Peanut Butter and canned meats, to help stock the shelves of local pantries. Bring a jar (or 2 or 3!) with you as you journey thru!

VolunteerMany volunteers are needed!

Sign up as an individual, family or small group. Click here to get signed up!


Christmas Eve Candlelight Services