An immersive walk-through experience featuring a Christmas Village with soap bubble snow, lights, holiday decor, and costumed characters; Light in the Darkness, a music/light show; and Nativity at the Pond, a live nativity with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus
Share in the Christmas joy at Journey of Lights, a festive, outdoor, walk-through experience, on the event's final weekend, December 18 and 19 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are only $5 a person (ages 2 and under are free) and sold in time segments in advance online at https://standrewumc.org. All proceeds benefit St. Andrew United Methodist Church's new mental health initiative, which will be available to the entire community! Stroll with your family through St. Andrew's 21-acre campus and explore each immersive experience.
- Christmas Village, featuring a magnificent oak tree filled with lights; a 3D snowfall lane; music with projection of Christmas carolers; holiday décor throughout the village with candy canes, reindeers, and snowmen; a larger-than-life Advent calendar utilizing actual windows; costumed characters along the path; and visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be there on Saturday, Dec. 19.
- Light in the Darkness, a highly curated, immersive 30-minute light show experience throughout the trees and creek area, timed and synchronized with music of all St. Andrew choirs and Imperial Brass, including visual projection, live Christmas vocalists, live handbells, readings, and actors sharing the Christmas story as guests walk through and savor the awe of the season. St. Andrew has partnered with local theater professionals, including the stage manager from the national Hamilton road show, to orchestrate this environment.
- Nativity at the Pond, a moving experience with hanging lights, lanterns on the path, luminaries in the water, peaceful Christmas music such as Silent Night, and a live nativity on the island in the pond featuring Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus.
Seating areas are available at each experience.
All proceeds will go to St. Andrew’s new mental health initiative.
With a generous gift from an anonymous St. Andrew member family, St. Andrew leadership is excited to begin this new mental health initiative – a need we have been discussing for a long time that has only grown during the pandemic,” said Jenny Gomez, MS, LPCS, RPTS, at St. Andrew. “We are most grateful for their generosity and excited to announce our new ‘Journey of Lights’ event, which gives community members a chance to also support this mental health initiative – an effort which will reduce the stigma associated with mental health, open the lines of communication with families and individuals and connect them to important resources.”
St. Andrew United Methodist Church is celebrating 35 years in the spirit of its namesake, a disciple of Jesus. The life of the Apostle Andrew embodies the church's mission, which is to invite the Christian-ish and the unchurched to become passionate servants of Christ. The congregation of St. Andrew follows Jesus, lives in relationship, serves others, and takes risks in faith. Worship includes four services each weekend on a 21.2-acre campus at the corner of Plano Parkway and Mira Vista in Plano, Texas, where more than 2,000 people gather each weekend. Recent renovation allows the Sanctuary to host worship in both Traditional style, with the classic pipe organ, and Contemporary style, with a new LED center screen and lighting technology. Small groups and Bible studies gather on campus and throughout the region every day of the week. Mission opportunities serve our local area, neighboring regions, and global communities. The church has been repeatedly selected as a "Best Place to Worship in Plano” by the readers of the Plano Star Courier. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Visit www.standrewumc.org; call 972-380-8001.