Gift Guide Calendar: Nov. 24

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Greater Portland

Fairs, Food and Fun

Friday 11/26

Blueberry Ridge Farm Winter Holiday Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 167 Loring Lane, Pownal, Kathy, 688-4153.

Christmas at Victoria Mansion: “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” self-guided tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Nov. 26-Jan. 8, $15 adults/ $13.50 AAA, senior/ $7 mansion members/ $5 ages 6-17/ $35 family, no reservation necessary, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., victoriamansion.org, 772-4841. 

Saturday 11/27

Len Libby Candies Annual Candy Cane Event, make your own candy canes, horse-drawn wagon rides and caroling and more, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, Len Libby Candies, 419 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-4897, lenlibby.com.

“Music in the House:”
Holiday Tours of Longfellow House with seasonal music on chickering piano, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 27; Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18,  Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or mainehistory.org.

Sunday 11/28

“Tiny Timber” Tree Lighting, 4:30 p.m., with musical program, New Gloucester Public Library and History Barn Open Houses, Town Hall, U.S. Route 231, New Gloucester, Leonard L. Brooks, 926-3188.

Thursday 12/2

Victoria Mansion Holiday Gala, with mansion tour, festive food and drink, 6-8 p.m., $50, must register, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., victoriamansion.org, 772-4841.

Friday 12/3

Exhibit Opening: “The Art of December: Original Holiday Cards by Maine Artists from the Mildred Burrage Collection” 5-8 p.m. reception, Maine Historical Society Museum, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or mainehistory.org.

Holly Jolly Fair, “Cake Party” 6-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday fair, with silent auction, crafts, First Parish Church UCC, 40 Main St., Freeport, Andrea Conner, 865-3573.

Society for East End Arts Holiday Art Sale, 80+ artists, 6-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, East End Community School Center, 195 North St., Portland, SEAportland.org, Solange Kellermann, 577-0648.

Saturday 12/4

Annual Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., silent auction, handmade items, Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, Cathy 846-1039.

Christmas Fair, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., crafts, wreaths, children’s room, silent auction, Foreside Community Church, 340 Foreside Road, Falmouth.

Coastal Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Maine-made items, jewelry, luncheon, more, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland.

Christmas Fair,
9 a.m.-2 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, Main St., Yarmouth.

First Universalist Church Holiday Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., baked goods, evergreens, handmade items and more, First Universalist Church, 97 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4148.

Holiday Fair: “A Winter Wonderland,” 9 a.m.-2 p.m., crafts, eco-friendly gifts, children’s activities, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland, Ann Hitzrot, 272-4939.

Holiday Fair and Poinsettia/Wreath Sale, sponsored by the Morrison Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. crafts, plant sale, kids activities; 10 a.m-noon Santa; Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough, 883-6680.

Holly Jolly Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with silent auction, crafts, First Parish Church UCC, 40 Main St., Freeport, Andrea Conner, 865-3573.

“Music in the House:” Holiday Tours of Longfellow House with seasonal music on chickering piano, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18,  Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or mainehistory.org.

2010 Shaker Christmas Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, U.S. Route 26, New Gloucester.

Society for East End Arts Holiday Art Sale, 80+ artists, 6-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, East End Community School Center, 195 North St., Portland, SEAportland.org, Solange Kellermann, 577-0648.

“Sparkles Fair,”
with antiques, household treasures, jewelry, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth.

St. Bart’s Christmas Fair, wreaths, resale shop, crafts, 9 a.m-2 p.m., 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth, stbartsyarmouth.org.

“A Walnut Hill Christmas,” Holiday Gift Show, 9 a.m – 4 p.m., Wescustogo Hall, U.S. Route 115, North Yarmouth, food served by the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions’ Club.

Sunday 12/5

Levey Day School Hanukkah Party, 2-4 p.m., $3 suggested donation, open to public, with food, games, entertainment, Levey Day School, 400 Deering Ave., Portland, 774-7676 or leveyday@maine.rr.com.

North Yarmouth Holiday Events: No. Yarmouth Historical Society Annual Holiday Party, 1-3 p.m., NYHS’s Old Town House, U.S. Route 9, North Yarmouth; North Yarmouth Community Potluck, 5 p.m., bring dish to share; Christmas Tree Lighting 6:15 p.m., Wescustogo Hall, U.S. Route 115, North Yarmouth, 846-4379, nyhs@maine.rr.com.

Holiday Art Sale, Society for East End Arts, 80+ artists, 6-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, East End Community School Center, 195 North St., Portland, SEAportland.org, Solange Kellermann, 577-0648.

Monday 12/6

Christmas Tree Lighting, Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., with carols, Santa, refreshments, Main St. and Tuttle Road, Cumberland Center, Mike Towle, 650-4307.

Saturday 12/11

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, with 50+ vendors, live music, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, lucidstage.com.

Sunday 12/12

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, with 50+ vendors, live music, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, lucidstage.com.

Good Deeds

L.L. Bean Coat Drive for Seniors, drop off gently used coats during regular business hours at Beach Glass Transitions, 277 Congress St., Portland until Nov.19, Janet Wyper, 552-2000.

Maine Toys for Tots,
drop off new, unwrapped toys during regular business hours at Edward Jones Forest Ave., Portland branch office until Dec. 16, Dan Dougherty, 772-9576.

Holiday Tree Sale, South Portland Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, to benefit local charities, Friday, Nov. 26- Sunday, Dec. 19, Mill Creek Park, 50 Market St., South Portland.

Christmas Tree Sale, Yarmouth Lions Club, to benefit Lions Club annual scholarships, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, Yarmouth Town Hall, Main St., Yarmouth, Patti Bicknell, 712-9911.

Thursday 11/25

7th Annual Free Thanksgiving Meal, hosted by Azure Cafe and Freeport Community Services, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, please reserve seat, call Sue Mack 869-1005.

15th Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner, 12-3 p.m., V.F.W. Hall Post 832, Peary Terrace, South Portland, for reservations or transportation, call 767-2525.

Thursday 12/2

Holiday Wreath Display and Silent Auction, 40+ wreaths on display/ for sale, to benefit Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 5-7 p.m., Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, 846-0044.

Friday 12/3

Holiday Home Tour, to benefit The Magical Moon Foundation, children with cancer, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, $25 advance/ $30 door, free for children 12 and under, tickets at finelivingevents.com or during Tour hours at Sparkles Fair, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, Marjorie Ferris, 617-620-8980.

Saturday 12/4

Holiday Home Tour, to benefit The Magical Moon Foundation, children with cancer, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, $25 advance/ $30 door, free for children 12 and under, tickets at finelivingevents.com or during Tour hours at Sparkles Fair, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, Marjorie Ferris, 617-620-8980.

Monday 12/13
 
Choral Art Society Messiah Sing-Along
and Handel on Hunger Food Drive, to benefit Project FEED, 7:30 p.m., $5, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1342 Congress St., Portland, choralart.org.

Holiday Entertainment

Wednesday 11/24

Have your Hamm & Turkey Too Show, 10th annual comedy show hosted by George Hamm, to benefit the Preble Street Resource Center, 8 p.m., $10 or $5 with 2 non-perishable food items, The Comedy Connection, 16 Custom House Wharf, Portland, 774-5554, mainecomedy.com.

Saturday 11/27

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5; $45-$15; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets via PortTix, 842-0800, portix.com, 781-7672.

“L.L.Bean’s Thanksgiving Weekend Holiday Celebration,”
5 p.m., 6 p.m.,  7 p.m. concerts, with Canadian Brass, free and open to public, horse and carriage rides, holiday decorations and more, L.L.Bean’s Discovery Park, next to Flagship Store, Main St., Freeport, llbean.com/events.

Sunday 11/28

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5; $45-$15; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets via PortTix, 842-0800, portix.com, 781-7672.

Tuesday 11/30

“Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season” presented by USM Chamber Singers, 7:30 p.m., $9 suggested donation, Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High St., Portland, usm.maine.edu/music.

Thursday 12/2

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” presented by Old Port Playhouse, 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; Dec. 2-19, $15-$22, Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333, oldportplayhouse.com.

Friday 12/3
 
“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

“Holidays from Heaven and Hell,” improv performance by Portland Playback Theater, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10 donation, First Parish Church, Congress and Temple Streets, Portland, portlandplayback.com.

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5; $45-$15; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets via PortTix, 842-0800, portix.com, 781-7672.

Yuletide Celebration Concert
, Portland Community Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, $12 advance/$15 door, Scarborough High School auditorium, 11 Municipal Dr., Scarborough, tickets at Starbird Music in Portland or from chorus members, portlandcommunitychorus.org, Jay Nettesheim, 839-7070.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8; 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Saturday 12/4

The Choral Art Society’s Christmas at the Cathedral, preview, 12 p.m.; 8 p.m. concert; and 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m. Sunday; $5-$30, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 828-0043, choralart.org, Starbird Music or Longfellow Books in Portland, the Book Review in Falmouth, Nonesuch Books in South Portland, and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick.

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5; $45-$15; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets via PortTix, 842-0800, portix.com, 781-7672.

Yuletide Celebration Concert, Portland Community Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, $12 advance/ $15 door, Scarborough High School auditorium, 11 Municipal Dr., Scarborough, tickets at Starbird Music in Portland or from chorus members, portlandcommunitychorus.org, Jay Nettesheim, 839-7070.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8, 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Sunday 12/5

Christmas at the Cathedral, The Choral Art Society, 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m. Sunday; $5-$30, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 828-0043, choralart.org, Starbird Music or Longfellow Books in Portland, the Book Review in Falmouth, Nonesuch Books in South Portland, and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick. 

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Wescustago Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5; $45-$15; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets via PortTix, 842-0800, portix.com, 781-7672.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8; 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Thursday 12/9

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

Friday 12/10

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

31st Annual Magic of Christmas,
presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, with narrator Joe Cassidy, Magic of Christmas Chorus and more, 7:30 p.m. preview, $25+, tickets at porttix.com, 842-0800, or PortTIX box office, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, portlandsymphony.org.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8, 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Saturday 12/11

31st Annual Magic of Christmas, presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, with narrator Joe Cassidy, Magic of Christmas Chorus and more, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $25+, tickets at porttix.com, 842-0800, or PortTIX box office, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, portlandsymphony.org.

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8, 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Sunday 12/12

31st Annual Magic of Christmas, presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, with narrator Joe Cassidy, Magic of Christmas Chorus and more, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., $25+, tickets at porttix.com, 842-0800, or PortTIX box office, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, portlandsymphony.org.

84th Annual Pageant of the Nativity, 4:45 p.m., free and open to the public, First Parish Portland, 425 Congress St., Portland, Laurie Hasty, 797-5661 or laurie@maine.rr.com.

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

“Nowell We Sing,” presented by The Saint Mary Schola, 4 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8, 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Friday 12/17

31st Annual Magic of Christmas, presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, with narrator Joe Cassidy, Magic of Christmas Chorus and more, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $25+, tickets at porttix.com, 842-0800, or PortTIX box office, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, portlandsymphony.org. 

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

“Nutcracker Burlesque 2010,”
presented by Vivid Motion, 8 p.m., Friday–Sunday Dec. 17-19; and Tuesday–Thursday Dec. 21-23, $12, adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, tickets at Longfellow Books or vividmotion.org.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8, 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Saturday 12/18

31st Annual Magic of Christmas, presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, with narrator Joe Cassidy, Magic of Christmas Chorus and more, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $25+, tickets at porttix.com, 842-0800, or PortTIX box office, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, portlandsymphony.org.  

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

“Christmas with Renaissance Voices,” 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, $12 advance/ $15 door/ $5 student, Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, advance tickets at Starbird Music or Longfellow Books in Portland, Books, Etc. in Falmouth, or at RenaissanceVoices.org, 729-4958.

“Nutcracker Burlesque 2010,” presented by Vivid Motion, 8 p.m., Friday–Sunday Dec. 17-19; and Tuesday–Thursday Dec. 21-23, $12, adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, tickets at Longfellow Books or vividmotion.org.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8, 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Sunday 12/19

31st Annual Magic of Christmas, presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, with narrator Joe Cassidy, Magic of Christmas Chorus and more, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., $25+, tickets at porttix.com, 842-0800, or PortTIX box office, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, portlandsymphony.org.

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; extra showtimes, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

“Christmas with Renaissance Voices,” 2 p.m., $12 advance/ $15 door/ $5 student, Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, advance tickets at Starbird Music or Longfellow Books in Portland, Books, Etc. in Falmouth, or at RenaissanceVoices.org, 729-4958.

“Nutcracker Burlesque 2010,” presented by Vivid Motion, 8 p.m., Friday–Sunday Dec. 17-19; and Tuesday–Thursday Dec. 21-23, $12, adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, tickets at Longfellow Books or vividmotion.org.

“Santa’s Reindeer Revue,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, tickets, $7-$8, 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19; 2:30-3:30 p.m. pictures with Santa before each show for $7-$8, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Monday 12/20

“Christmas with Cornils: A Kotzschmar Christmas” classical concert with municipal organist, Ray Cornils, Kotzschmar Festival Brass, Parish Ringers, Musica de Filia and Jaye Churchill, 7:30 p.m., $29-$17, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets through PortTix, porttix.com, or Merrill box office.

Thursday 12/23

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 3, Dec. 9-10; Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18; 12 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19; and 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

“The Victorian Nutcracker,” presented by Portland Ballet, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $17-$47, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets through PortTIX, porttix.com, 842-0800 or or Merrill box office at 20 Myrtle Ave.

Friday 12/24

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, Dec.3-24, $12-$39, 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

Mid Coast

Fairs, Food and Fun

Friday 11/26

Holiday Tree Lighting, Brunswick Downtown Association, 5 p.m., with community sing-a-long, Santa and Frosty, horse and buggy rides, free and open to public, Gazebo on the Mall, Maine St., Brunswick, 729-4439, brunswickdowntown.org.

Thursday 12/2

Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser, Brunswick Downtown Association, auction of local goods and services, with refreshments, holiday music, 5-7 p.m., free admission, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-4439, brunswickdowntown.org. 

Friday 12/3

Bowdoinham Guild of Artisans
7th Annual Show and Sale, 6-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Bowdoinham Town Hall.

Holiday Bazaar
at Mid Coast Hospital, with 100+ evergreen arrangements $12-$40, baked goods, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick, 373-6015 mstewart@midcoasthealth.com.

Saturday 12/4

36th Annual Christmas Craft Show, 50+ juried craftsmen and artists, with Christmas Cafe, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St John’s Parish Hall, 37 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5507.

All Harpswell Holiday Event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, 18+ studios, shops, galleries open to celebrate Cribstone Bridge re-opening, maps available, Georgeann Kuhl, Gallery at Widgeon Cove, 833-6081.

Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with silent auction, luncheon, Bath United Church of Christ Congregational, 150 Congress Ave., Bath, Priscilla, 371-2727

Bowdoinham Guild of Artisans 7th Annual Show and Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Bowdoinham Town Hall.

Christmas Fair, handmade gifts, food, gently used items, to benefit the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Winship Green Nursing Center, Bath, Julie, 443-9772, for more information.

Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., crafts, jewelry, food, Woollawn Towers, 30 Water St., Brunswick.

Santa Claus at Skolfield-Whittier House, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., free and open to public, bring own camera, 161 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.

Sunday 12/5

All Harpswell Holiday Event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, 18+ studios, shops, galleries open to celebrate Cribstone Bridge re-opening, maps available, Georgeann Kuhl, Gallery at Widgeon Cove, 833-6081.

Tuesday 12/7

16th Annual Festival of Trees, hosted by the Bath Area Family YMCA, 9:30-11:30 a.m. “Tots & Trees,” children’s event, with Santa; 4-5:30 p.m. public viewing, all ages welcome, with seasonal refreshments, 963 Washington St., Bath, 443-4112, bathymca.org.

Wednesday 12/8

16th Annual Festival of Trees Holiday Gala, 5:30-8 p.m., silent auction, Oratorio Chorale performance, appetizers, drinks, $25, 963 Washington St., Bath, tickets at Springer’s Jewelers, Now You’re Cooking, and YMCA, 443-4112, bathymca.org.

Saturday 12/11

All Harpswell Holiday Event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, 18+ studios, shops, galleries open to celebrate Cribstone Bridge re-opening, maps available, Georgeann Kuhl, Gallery at Widgeon Cove, 833-6081.

Sunday 12/12

All Harpswell Holiday Event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, 18+ studios, shops, galleries open to celebrate Cribstone Bridge re-opening, maps available, Georgeann Kuhl, Gallery at Widgeon Cove, 833-6081.

Good Deeds

Ornament’s “Bags with Benefits” community partnership to benefit Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. for November and December, local businesses will donate 50% of tote bag sales, Ornament, 11 Center St., Bath, 442-6636.

Thursday 11/25

Turkey Trot, hosted by InspireME Personal Fitness Training, 3-mile walk/run to benefit Bath Soup Kitchen, 8:30 a.m., fee $20 and/or non-perishable food donation, online registration at inspiremept.com, or sign up day-of at 30 Front St., 7-8:15 a.m., information, 443-2509, perian@inspiremept.com.

Saturday 12/4

Annual Tree and Wreath Sale, to benefit the Brunswick Junior High School Music Program, 8 a.m.-noon, Brunswick Junior High, 65 Columbia Ave., Lisa, 725-9436.

Holiday Entertainment

Thursday 11/25

“Home for the Holidays,” The Dreamland Theater film series, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 6 p.m., free/$5 suggested donation, presented by Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., sagadahocpreservation.org.

Friday 12/3

“December Lights,” holiday readings presented by Center Stage Readers Theater, 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $5 donation, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, Joanna Patterson, 729-8584.

Saturday 12/4

“December Lights,” holiday readings presented by Center Stage Readers Theater, 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $5 donation, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, Joanna Patterson, 729-8584.

Sunday 12/5

Yuletide Celtic Harp Concert, with Julia Lane and Kristin Tescher, 3 p.m., $5 child / $10 adult, Winter Street Church, Washington St., Bath, 542-8564 castlebay@castlebay.net.

Thursday 12/9

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 9-12, $15, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Washington St., Bath, tickets at box office, 442-8455.

Friday 12/10

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $15, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Washington St., Bath, tickets at box office, 442-8455.

Saturday 12/11

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $15, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Washington St., Bath, tickets at box office, 442-8455.

Sunday 12/12

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, 2 p.m., $15, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Washington St., Bath, tickets at box office, 442-8455.

Friday 12/17

“Ms. Scrooge,” The Theater Project’s Young Peoples Theater production, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17-19, $6 suggested donation, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584, theaterproject.com.

Saturday 12/18

“Ms. Scrooge,” The Theater Project’s Young Peoples Theater production, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17-19, $6 suggested donation, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584, theaterproject.com.

Sunday 12/19

“Ms. Scrooge,” The Theater Project’s Young Peoples Theater production, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17-19, $6 suggested donation, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584, theaterproject.com.

Support

Support Through The Holidays, sexual assault support group for women, begins mid November, to schedule pre-group appointment or additional services, call 725-2181 or e-mail clientservices@sassmm.org; 24-hour support line, 1-800-822-5999, sassmm.org.

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