This weekend marks the beginning of the long holiday weekend for most people, since Christmas falls on a Monday this year, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything to do this weekend. There are still plenty of things to do to enjoy the Christmas spirit.

1. Christmas in the Elbow

The Devils Elbow area hasn't lost its Christmas spirit despite a year of troubles. The historic Route 66 Devils Elbow Bridge is decorated and lit up for the holidays. People are invited out to the Elbow to see the bridge and despite it recently being hit in an accident, it's still open to cars under 3,000 lbs. to drive over. The bridge is lit up at dusk and it's a scenic drive through the Elbow to enjoy the Christmas lights.


2. Traditional Candlelight Service

This year, the United Methodist Church in Waynesville's traditional Candlelight service will be held on Saturday, December 23rd, the evening BEFORE Christmas Eve. This is due to the fact that Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, which happens to also be the fourth Sunday in Advent. So to keep the two events separate, they are having the Candlelight Service the night before. The nursery will be open, and will be having a pajama and movie party during worship. The service begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.


3. Caroling at the Gazebo

Sunday, December 24, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Square in Waynesville, at the gazebo will be the scene of the Songs of Christmas. Pastor Patrick of the United Methodist Church will bring a short Christmas message. If you love Christmas and caroling, this is the spot to be on Christmas Eve.