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Willow Creek Expects 80,000 at Christmas Services

Christmas at Willow Creek

Christmas at Willow Creek

Most Christmas stories end with the birth of a baby in a manger. But what if His birth was just the beginning? What if Christmas is a time to remember that His birth makes new beginnings possible?

Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington expects 80,000 to celebrate Christmas at one of their 12 services beginning December 18 and concluding on Christmas Eve. (The service on December 20 is conducted entirely in Spanish.)

Willow services are rich with favorite Christmas carols (accompanied by a 22-piece orchestra), and inspiring message from Senior Pastor Bill Hybels. Unique to each service is a short (30-minute) original film written, directed, and produced by Willow Creek’s programming team, and scored by a live orchestra. The cast is exclusively local professional actors including Wendy Roby, Karen Aldrege, Richard Cotovsky, and several hundred local extras.

All services are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Free sign language, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean translation is available at select services. For information visit

Willow Creek Community Church is located at the SE corner of Barrington and Algonquin Roads.

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