Every year, on Christmas Eve, Emmaus House hosts a Festival for children and their families to gather together in community and share in the joy of Christmas. Local parishes, community organizations, companies and individuals come together to make donations of toys, games, books, toiletries, gift cards, and cash, and to volunteer their time. Then, on the morning of Christmas Eve, hundreds of children (last year we welcomed 880 children) line up to greet Santa & Mrs. Claus and receive a wrapped Christmas gift.
Among other festivities this year, we'll have a storyteller, a magician and a Christmas movie with snacks.
Our Christmas Eve tradition at Emmaus House began 47 years ago with Father Austin Ford, and has been a wonderful community event each year since.