Hey Visalia! My name is Megan, and I am a life-long Visalian. As a mama of two little ones, ages five and three, my husband and I love living and raising our kids here in my hometown. I currently work at GateWay Church as the graphic designer and social media manager. As a working mom, it’s so important to set aside time to be with my husband and kids doing something that we all enjoy. One of the things I have always appreciated about growing up in Visalia is how many family- friendly activities this town has to offer, especially during the holidays.


At GateWay, we are preparing for our citywide, family-friendly event, the 7th Annual GateWay to Christmas. GateWay to Christmas is our unique food and music Christmas celebration. You will travel through different musical venues featuring Singer/Songwriters The Boasting Weak, GateWay’s Choir & Orchestra, and the Worship Team. During the intermissions, enjoy delicious appetizers and sip on hot chocolate, coffee, or hot apple cider. You’ll want to make sure to have your kids take a free picture with jolly old St. Nick or a fun family picture. We’ll also have a cookie decorating venue set up.

All of this takes place on three separate days: Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m., or if you have young children, consider coming on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. Sunday’s event features kid-friendly finger food, crafts, and music. We’ll also make sure Santa stops by to take pictures with the kids. Tickets are just $12 for adults and $7 for kids ages 12 and under. Call 559.732.4787 to purchase tickets.


Later in December, we have our Family Christmas Eve Services where you and your whole family can come listen and sing your favorite Christmas carols. At every service we will invite all the kids to come to the front and participate in a special story time. As a parent, this is always cute to watch, and my kids look forward to it every year. Our time together ends by illuminating the auditorium with candlelight, which will put you in
the right spirit for Christmas Day.

We have multiple days and times so that you can fit one into your busy holiday schedule. Join us on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6:45 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23 at 6:45 p.m., or on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve we will have three service times with three musical styles. At 4 p.m. we feature our Worship Band, then at 6 p.m. we will feature our Choir and Orchestra, and finally at 11 p.m. we have a more intimate setting featuring acoustic music. You can also join us on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. for more music and celebrating.

My family and I would love to have you and your family join us! For more information on all of these events, visit gatewayvisalia.com or call us at 559.732.4787. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @gatewayvisalia for the latest info and to get connected to our great GateWay community. We hope you can join us, and Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Come join us for the Christmas Holiday!


  • Multi-generational.Wehaveservicesavailableforallages. Whether you are single, married, young, senior adult, have a family, or are an empty nester, all ages are welcomed and valued at GateWay. All of our services have age appropriate children’s classes from birth to 6th grade.
  • Multi-ethnic.Wereflectourentirecommunity.Visaliaisa racially diverse community, and we at GateWay embrace the uniqueness and vitality that this instills in our church.


  • Multiplevenues.Wecurrentlyhaveservicesontwo different days in two different facilities on our campus. We meet for small group Bible study in more than 60 homes, seven days a week, all across Visalia. We even offer additional services in three assisted living centers in Visalia.
  • Multiplestyles.AtGateWay,youmayenjoyourworship band that leads the latest worship songs, or you may enjoy our 100-voice choir and 40-piece orchestra. Inspiring worship is one of our highest goals.

Whatever your age, ethnicity, schedule, or musical taste, there’s a place for you during the Christmas season. Come join us at GateWay. We’d love to help you discover God’s role in your life. We have great music, great messages, and great people. Come early and get a choice parking spot and a free cup of hot coffee and a scone in the GateWay Café!