Holiday Events: Nov. 9

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Season of Light Celebration: A Cross-Cultural Winter Festival

PORTLAND — One Tree Wholistic Learning Center will celebrate cultural holiday traditions at the fifth annual Season of Light Celebration 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way, Portland.

The afternoon of free family fun includes storytelling, arts and crafts, music, food, and a presentation of six cultural holidays that each incorporate the symbolism of light: Eid and Ramadan (Muslim), Christmas (Christianity), Kwanzaa (African heritage), Hanukkah (Judaism), Diwali (Hindu), and winter solstice. There will be a silent auction and raffle featuring a variety of items from local businesses, which will help raise critical funds for the Learning Center, a nonprofit organization.

One Tree promotes social change within institutions and communities through education and grassroots community organizing rooted in peace, pluralism, and partnership. One Tree operates the Roots and Fruits cross-cultural preschool in South Portland, as well as the Community Branches Project and Seeds Institute, which promote peace through education. Roots and Fruits preschool students will present art projects they created this fall. For more, visit

Holiday Fairs

14th Annual Juried Craft Fair with over 65 crafters, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick. Sponsored by Brunswick High School Hockey Boosters.

Saturday 11/19

Christmas Fair, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Brunswick United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road. Crafts, baked goods, decorations, plants, handmade items, Grannie’s Attic, books, and chowder lunch with sandwiches,    

Holly Days Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road. Traditional Christmas church fair featuring lobster stew, fresh Maine wreaths, silent auction, white elephant, handcrafts, baked goods, vintage treasurers, jewelry, 

Knit Wits Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Old Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, Route 24. Coffee & muffins, crafts, baked goods, jewelry, handmade items, white elephant. Chowder & pulled pork sandwich luncheon available 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Santa’s Workshop Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road. Chicken pie luncheon, silent auction, gift basket raffle, country crafts, hand-knit items, vintage and antique items, cookie walk, greens, jewelry and plants. 

11th Annual Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Casco Bay High School, 196 Allen Ave., Portland. Three floors of items by local artisans, silent auction, lunch, live entertainment and Portland’s longest cookie walk.

Holly Daze Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First Congregational Church of South Portland, 301 Cottage Road. Wreaths, gifts, baked goods, grandma’s attic. Haddock chowder, lobster, crab, and chicken salad rolls and apple crisp served 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Christmas Fair and Lunch, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., West Cumberland United Methodist Church, 5 Upper Methodist Road. Crafts, preserves, gifts, white elephant, cookie walk, silent auction and chicken fricassee lunch.

Collections & Donations

Toys for Tots, new unwrapped items may be dropped off at Edward Jones, 149 Maine St., Tontine Mall, Brunswick, until Dec. 16 during regular business hours.