Set List Ideas for The Perfect Christmas Eve Service! [2018]


Coming up with fresh ideas for your church’s Christmas Eve service can be tough… What can you do that hasn’t already been done!? Lucky for you, we have gathered all our favorite Christmas worship songs as well as creative ways to make this year’s Christmas worship service your best one yet.

We’ve even curated a brand new Worship Christmas Song playlist on Spotify with all the songs we recommend! Click here to begin listening!

Many of the songs we mention below are included on Worship Online with in depth tutorials for every instrument, harmonies, tabs, chord charts, lessons, and more, so your team can be more prepared than ever!

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Upbeat Christmas Worship Songs

It’s always a great idea to start your Christmas Eve service with a celebration, so below I’ve added my favorite upbeat Christmas songs:

Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) – Chris Tomlin

Angels We Have Heard on High – Chris Tomlin

Born is the King (It’s Christmas) – Hillsong Worship

For Unto Us a Child is Born/Open the Eyes of My Heart – Paul Baloche

O Come All Ye Faithful/We Adore You – Paul Baloche

Angels We Have Heard on High – Sarah Reeves

Joy To The World – Hillsong Worship

He Shall Reign Forevermore – Chris Tomlin

The First Noel – Phil Wickham

Great Christmas Song/Worship Mash Ups

Everyone loves the classics, but sometimes blending them with other worship songs can be a great way to change things up! Below our my favorite Christmas/Worship Mash Ups:

It Came to Pass (Worthy Worthy) – Vertical Worship

Silent Night (With Saviour King) – Hillsong Worship

Joy to the World/Our God Saves – Paul Baloche/All Sons & Daughters 

For Unto Us a Child is Born/Open the Eyes of My Heart – Paul Baloche

O Come All Ye Faithful/We Adore You – Paul Baloche

The First Noel/Above All – Paul Baloche/Lenny LeBlanc

Messiah – Francesca Battistelli (Goes into O Come Let Us Adore Him) 

Worship Songs that Can Also Be Christmas Songs

These songs are typically heard year round, but if you look closely at the themes, you’ll see they can also fit into your Christmas set. Even if you just grab a chorus or bridge, they can be a great addition to your set list.

Starlight – Bethel (Amanda Cook) *Especially the bridge!

Emmanuel (God with Us) – Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Here Comes Heaven – Elevation Worship

Love Came Down – Kari Jobe 

Love Came Down – Bethel

What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship

**Tip: Try mashing up Love Came Down with the Chorus & Bridge of What a Beautiful Name. I did it last year and it was awesome! 

The Classics (Mid to Slow Tempo)

These songs are great for your second or third song in your setlist:

O Come All Ye Faithful – Jeremy Riddle

Silent Night (With Saviour King) – Hillsong Worship

O Holy Night – Hillsong Worship

Hark – Hillsong Worship

The First Noel – Chris Tomlin

O Come Let Us Adore – Hillsong Worship

Gloria (Angels We Have Heard on High) – Hillsong Worship

Angels We Have Heard on High – Sarah Reeves

New Songs to Try This Year!

These songs aren’t typically on the regular rotation in Christmas Worship sets, but if you’re looking to try something new, these songs are some of my favorite:

Prince of Heaven – Hillsong Worship

Noel – Chris Tomlin/Lauren Daigle

When Hope Came Down – Kari Jobe

It Came to Pass (Worthy Worthy) – Vertical Worship

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus – Chris Tomlin/Christy Nockels

Light of the World – Lauren Daigle 

Glory in the Highest – Travis Cottrell 

His Shall Be – Matt Redman 

Glory (Let There Be Peace) – Matt Maher

Receive Our King – Meredith Andrews, Mike Weaver


As you begin planning for Christmas, I hope you discover some new songs as well as find inspiration for your Christmas Worship Set!

Let us know in the comments below what songs your church will be doing as well as any ideas you have!

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