In the UK, 4pm on Christmas Eve is a great time to hold a "Crib Service" in a church.
Everyone is feeling Christmassy, parents are home from work, the great day is nearly here, but families are running out of things to do with their kids. A Crib Service gives families with small children something to go out to and enjoy for an hour or so before bed time (haha) - and it gives churches a lovely way of engaging with families and helping them to think about Jesus our Saviour and what lies behind all the celebrations.
Here's an idea for a simple way of having a Crib service. It should last about 40 minutes or so, and is aimed at 0-5s and their families and friends.
Here's what you'll need: