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Greater Portland

Fairs, Festivals, Fun

Wednesday 11/17

Exhibit Opening, “The Art of December, Original Holiday Cards by Maine Artists from the Mildred Burrage Collection” through Jan. 3, Maine Historical Society Museum, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 or mainehistory.org.

Friday 11/19

Christmas Fair, 2-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 871 Lawrence Road, Pownal, Caron Beard, 688-4101 or Nancy Malone, 699-4818.

Saturday 11/20

5th Annual Craft Fair, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., free admission, entertainment, Casco Bay High School/PATHS, 196 Allen Ave., Portland, Laurie Danforth, 754-6843.

Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with luncheon, West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St., and U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-2814, wsumc.us.

Christmas Fair,
9 a,m.-2 p.m., with luncheon, West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, 797-4066.

Christmas Fair, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., with silent auction, luncheon, Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland.

Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., North Pownal United Methodist Church, 871 Lawrence Road, Pownal, Caron Beard, 688-4101 or Nancy Malone, 699-4818.

Freeport Lioness-Lions 13th Annual Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fish ‘Chowdah’ and Chili luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Harraseeket Grange Hall, Elm St., Freeport, Martha, 865-6188, or Cindi, 865-3555.

Greely High School Holiday Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with over 40 local crafters, Greely High School, Main St., Cumberland, Joanna Foster, 829-4805.

Holly Days Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, UCC, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, 781-3413, falmouthcongregationalchurch.org.

Holly Daze Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, 799-4001.

Kids Make-and-Take Winter Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-noon, sponsored by the Falmouth Elementary PTO, Lunt and Plummer Motz Gyms, corner of Lunt and Middle Roads, Falmouth, tickets available at the door, falmouthschools.org.

L.L.Bean Tree Lighting Ceremony, with performances by The Boy Singers of Maine, Musica de Filia Girls Choir, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Park, L.L.Bean Flagship Store, Main St., Freeport, llbean.com/events, 1-877-755-2326.

The Mission Mall at Holly Daze Bazaar, alternative gift fair featuring local charities to make gift donations, 9 a.m.-noon, First Congregational Church UCC, Wright Pavilion, Cottage Road, South Portland.

Santa’s Workshop Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with luncheon, silent auction, North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, N. Yarmouth, 829-3644.

Second Annual Waynflete Artisan Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with live performances, food, free admission, Sills Hall, Waynflete School, Portland, 774-5721, ext. 120.

Village Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Cumberland Congregational Church, U.S. Route 9 and Tuttle Road, Cumberland Center.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 12/11

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.

Friday 11/19

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, contemporary Christian concert and food drive to benefit local food pantries, 7 p.m., free admission, please bring a non-perishable food item, First Lutheran Church, 132 Auburn St., Portland, 797-2525.

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

Friday 11/19

“The Victorian Christmas Magic-Lantern Show” presented by Victoria Mansion, 8 p.m. Friday; and “The Kids’ Magic-Lantern Show” 10 a.m. Saturday, tickets for either show $10 adult/ $5 ages 17 and under, John Ford Theater, Portland High School, 284 Cumberland Ave., Portland, information, reservations, victoriamansion.org/events.html, 772-4841 ext. 15.

Saturday 11/20

“The Kids’ Magic-Lantern Show” presented by Victoria Mansion, 10 a.m., tickets, $10 adult/ $5 ages 17 and under, John Ford Theater, Portland High School, 284 Cumberland Ave., Portland, information, reservations, victoriamansion.org/events.html, 772-4841 ext. 15.

Tuesday 11/22

Seanachie Nights: Performance Series “Ringing in Winter,” with guests from AIRE, Irish American Repertory Ensemble, 7-9 p.m., free/$9 suggested donation, Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland, lynnecullen.com, 846-1321.

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.

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.

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.

“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, FMI, 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.

Support

Saturday 11/20

“Embracing Christmas,” support group for divorced/widowed persons, 1-3:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation, Guild Hall, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland, register by Nov. 18 at 871-7464, ext. 2672 or psm@ccmaine.org.

Mid Coast

Fairs, Festivals, Fun

Saturday 11/20

Christmas Fair, wreaths, crafts, children’s shopping area, more, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., visits with Santa, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., free admission, Brunswick United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road.

Holiday Fair, crafts, white elephants, chowder, more, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Islands Community Church, Harpswell Islands Road, Bailey Island, proceeds will benefit ICC Outreach Program.

Friday 12/3

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

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.-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, FMI, 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

Tuesday 11/23

“Thanks Giving” Hymn Sing-A-Long and prayer service, 7 p.m., everyone welcome, Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., 443-4707.

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.

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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