The weekend of December 1-3 will be an exciting time in Alderson! Starting on Friday, December 1, with the crowning of the Queen of Lights Grace Boettner at 6:00 p.m. and continuing with the parade and then the treats and visit from Santa at the Community Center, this weekend promises to be very special. You can drive under the lights on the Alderson Memorial Bridge from 6-8 by making a donation to the Alderson July 4th Committee whose members are sponsoring this event.New this year is the light display on the south end of Maple Avenue behind the Big Wheel restaurant. Visitors will be able to sit in the comfort of their vehicle and listen to the sequenced music from their car radio while they enjoy the light show. A sign in the yard will have the station to which to tune the radio. The light shows are about 20 minutes long with a short pause between songs and are free to watch and enjoy. The shows can be seen every half hour Monday -Thursday 6:30-8:00pm and Friday-Sunday 6:30-9:00 p.m. courtesy of Eyes on You Security.On Saturday, December 2, the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church will be holding their bazaar starting at 9 and lasting until 3. Lunch will also be served there.The annual Train Show at the newly restored Historic 1896 C&O Depot will open at 10 and continue until 4 on Saturday. Coordinated by Lanny Howe, several local train enthusiasts will have their model trains on display. This historic setting, with real trains going by, adds ambiance to the show. The drive under the lights of the Alderson Memorial Bridge, again from 6-8, will be sponsored by the Alderson Community Center.Of course, all the great Alderson shops will be open to meet your Christmas shopping needs. If you did not make it out on Small Business Saturday, this is another chance to support the local owners of these shops.On Sunday, December 3, the Methodist Church will continue their bazaar and lunch from noon to 3; the train show in the Historic 1896 C&O Depot will be open from 1-4; and the Old Victorian Inn will celebrate an “Old Fashioned Christmas” by offering hot cider and inviting visitors to view their Christmas decorations on the first floor from 1-4.Also on Sunday, December 3 from noon to 5 p.m., there will be a fundraiser dinner with live and silent auction at the Alderson Community Center. Planned to raise money for medical and living expenses for Alderson Police Officer “Mac” Brackenrich who was seriously injured in an off-duty incident, this event epitomizes the spirit of Christmas giving.Mayor Travis Copenhaver said, “When you write it all down, it is hard for even me to believe there is so much going on. Please join us for some or all of these activities and support small town living at its best!”PHOTO CAPTION: Model trains are fascinating for all ages.