As people busy themselves in holiday festivities, local churches are preparing for their Christmas Eve services.

First United Methodist Church on Main Street will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Holy Communion Worship Service at 5:30 p.m.

"During this time, we will have the lighting of the Advent Wreath, special music and prayers," said Pastor Fred Britton. "Also, worshippers may kneel and pray at the chancel rail after they receive Holy Communion."

Britton said at the conclusion of the night, attendees will gather on the front steps and lawn of the church sanctuary to sing "Joy to the World."

"Hugs and words of Merry Christmas are exchanged. It is a joy to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior on Christmas Eve," said Britton.

Some other churches in the area that will have Christmas Eve services as well.

St. Francis Episcopal Church on St. Francis Drive will have services at 10 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church on Main Street will have a worship service through song and communion at 11:30 a.m.

The handbell choir at First Baptist Church on Pecan Avenue will perform at 5:45 p.m. prior to a candlelight service at 6 p.m.

Holy Cross Catholic Church will celebrate midnight mass with caroling beginning at 11:30 p.m. There will also be a 4 p.m. mass on Christmas Eve. There will be a Christmas Day mass at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, off Highway 19 south in the Tucker community, will have a Christmas Eve mass at 11 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day will be at 9 a.m.

St. Therese Church at Pearl River will have a Christmas Eve mass beginning at 9 p.m.