Tuesday, Dec. 24

Library closed

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25, for the holiday. The library will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m.

Town Offices closed

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Town Offices will be closing at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the holiday. We will reopen Thursday, Dec. 26, at 8 a.m.

Christmas Eve service

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesday, Dec. 24, the First Congregational Church of Old Bennington will offer a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. with special music beginning at 4:40 p.m. This family service will be filled with familiar carols and readings and will feature Bennington's own Katie Beck as the vocal soloist, the Old First Choir and Gallery Chamber Orchestra. The service concludes with the congregation singing "Silent Night" with lighted candles in front of the church. A wheelchair ramp will be provided. The public is warmly invited.

Christmas Eve service

BENNINGTON -- Missionary Alliance Church on Crescent Boulevard will celebrate Christmas Eve on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. with a candlelight service. A Christmas message and carols will emphasize the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ. For more information, contact the church at 802-442-6840

Christmas Eve services

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., at 5 p.m. will celebrate the birth of hope, peace, and love in our world. All are welcome for a traditional worship service of lessons and carols. Phone: 413-458-4273.

Bennington, North Bennington Catholic services

BENNINGTON -- At Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales in Bennington, the Rev. Bob Wiseman, CSC will celebrate Christmas Masses Tuesday, Dec, 24 at 4 p.m. with traditional music with the pipe organ, 8 p.m. with the Contemporary Ensemble and midnight with the Church Choir. On Christmas Day, Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. with traditional music with the pipe organ.

At St. John the Baptist in North Bennington, the Rev. Bill Kelley, CSC will celebrate Christmas Mass on Tuesday, December 24, at 4 p.m. with the Gospel Group and Choir. On Christmas Day, Mass will be at 10 a.m. with the Church Choir.

Christmas Eve at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington at 108 School St. invites the community to share in its first annual Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. with The Rev. Lucy Ijams officiating. Carols and readings will reflect the theme "Each Night a Child is Born is a Holy Night." The service will end with the singing of "Silent Night" as individual candles are lit.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The North Bennington Congregational Church celebrates Christmas Eve with a Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. that evening. Dec. 24. There will be lessons and carols, special music, the lighting of the Christ Candle, a Christmas story, and a closing candlelight circle with the singing of "Silent Night." All are welcome. The church is wheelchair accessible.

Christmas Eve service at First Baptist

BENNINGTON -- The First Baptist Church of Benningtonwill hold its Christmas Eve service on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.

The service will feature familiar Christmas carols and Scripture readings accompanying the church's gradual lighting of the Advent candles and preparation to light the Christ candle at the service's culmination. The church's interim minister, the Rev. Thomas Hiltsley, will preside over the service.

Accompanying the service music will be Mo Rancourt, guest trumpeter, and Charles Olegar, the church's organist and director of music.

The First Baptist Church is an American Baptist congregation and gathers weekly for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings. For more information, visit www.fbcbennington.org or call 802-442-2105.