There's no better place to be at Christmas time than Youth Haven!


Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, our campuses become a Christmas wonderland! A new group of excited kids will join us each weekend for all of our fun weekend activities, plus a few extra-special Christmas surprises! Kids who come to a Christmas retreat at Youth Haven will experience:

Christmas retreats for underprivileged youth

  • delicious, home-cooked food, including breakfast in bed and a fancy Christmas dinner
  • Christmas crafts and activities
  • cozy dorms and bunk beds with warm, clean bedding
  • stories and skits about the true meaning of Christmas
  • singing Christmas carols and learning the story of Jesus' birth
  • a birthday party for Jesus, complete with singing “Happy Birthday," blowing out candles, and enjoying a piece of birthday cake!
  • gifts of hats, gloves, and personal hygiene items

And no Christmas celebration would be complete without... toys! Many of the children who come to Youth Haven during the Christmas season are experiencing financial hardships at home, and there simply isn't a lot of money to buy gifts and toys. Thanks to so many wonderful friends who donate toys to Youth Haven, we are able to make Christmas joyful for these boys and girls by giving them their own, brand new toys. It's a very practical way for us to show them they are loved!

How to Schedule a Child for a Christmas retreat:

Please click here if you are the child's parent/guardian, or would like to refer a child you know.

Please click here if you are an agency representative or counselor.


All deserving children receive full scholarships to attend our Christmas retreats, provided by financial love gifts from caring people who love kids and want to help them have a Merry Christmas.

If you'd like to help, please click here to read about our Christmas giving opportunities.

If you'd like to donate a toy or other gift, please click here to read about our toy drive.



Some images from Youth Haven's special Christmas parties with the children: