The Salvation Army of Greater Portland is in need of volunteers for the holiday season. Positions include: ringing bells at a kettle (great for groups or families), packing food baskets, toys, drivers to take volunteers and equipment to and from kettle locations, call 774-4172 ext. 265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toy Drive Drop Off Locations:
Sweetser Holiday Toy Drive, to benefit children ages 6-18 served by Sweetser, drop off toys through Dec. 11 at any 13 Downeast Energy offices in central and southern Maine; or Cole Haan, Franklin Printing, Great Works Internet, IDEXX, One & Two Portland Square, St. Joseph’s Church Religious Education, Systems Engineering and The Holden Agency, FMI, Troy Pattison at 1-800-665-2727.
To Benefit Youth Alternatives, Ingraham of Maine, drop-off new, unwrapped toys to Cape Elizabeth Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office, 295 Ocean House Rd., Cape Elizabeth now through Dec. 8, Roni Barbera, 799-5000.
To Benefit Toys for Tots, drop off new, wrapped or unwrapped toys to Weichert, Realtors – Waterglen Group, 100 Commercial St., Portland, Diane Churchill, 773-2425; or to Jim O’Clair, Edward Jones financial advisor, 94 Auburn St. Suite 209, Portland, Jim, 797-4104.
46th Annual Rotary Christmas Tree Sale, to benefit community charitable causes, Nov. 27-29; Dec. 5-6; Dec. 12-13; Mill Creek Park, South Portland, hosted by The South Portland- Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, Adrienne Murphy, 243-3292.
Holiday Grief Support Meetings, hosted by VNA Home Health & Hospice, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 2, 16, 30, Jan. 13, 50 Foden Rd., South Portland, Linda Hopkins, 400-8714.
Holiday Wreath Display and Silent Auction, to benefit Maine Alzheimer’s Association, 5-7 p.m., Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, Mary Willson, 846-0044.
Goodwill’s “Art for Everyone:” A Collection of Donated Art,” bi-annual art sale fundraiser, 5-8 p.m., free admission, 353 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 774-6323.
“‘Tis the Gift,” USM music scholarship benefit gala, with food, auctions and holiday music by USM music students, 5:30-10 p.m., $90, registration required, Abromson Community Center, USM Portland, 780-5003.
Art and Hand-stitched Items Raffle, to benefit Maine Parkinson Society, raffle tickets can be purchased now through Dec. 5, winner drawn on Dec. 12, to view items, www.maineparkinsonsociety.org, click on “November Raffle,” 1-800-832-4116.
Giving Tree of Hats and Mittens, bring new unwrapped hats, mittens of all sizes to Yarmouth tree lighting on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m.; after Dec. 5, drop off donations to Yarmouth Town Hall, Merrill Memorial Library, or Yarmouth Community Services, sponsored by Yarmouth Fire-Rescue, Margaret Downing, 846-9295.
Santa Steamed Clam Supper, to benefit Santa Fund of the Maine Clammer’s Association, bring new unwrapped toy, 4-7 p.m., $12 adult/ $6 child, ages 5 and under free, Freeport Masonic Lodge, Mallet Dr., Freeport, Adam, 615-5640.
Planet Dog Company Store 5th Annual “Sit With Santa”, to benefit Planet Dog Foundation, pictures with kids and dogs, $10, costumes available for willing dogs, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1-3 p.m., Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way, Portland, Katie LeBel, 563-7695.
Downeasters Barbershop Chorus Holiday Concert, to benefit Northeast Hearing and Speech, 4 p.m., by donation, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, 874-1065, www.nehearingandspeech.com.
Jingle Bell Run and Walk for Arthritis, 5K timed race or leisure walk, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race, meet at Freeport Middle School gym, 19 Kendall Ln, Freeport, register, www.freeportjbr.kintera.org, 1-800-639-2113.
Holiday Celebration, of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Women’s Network, to benefit Dress for Success, 5 p.m. registration, 5:30-7:30 p.m. dinner and program, Beale Street BBQ, South Portland, register by Dec. 4 at www.mainewomensnetwork.com.
Fairs, Festivals, Food and Fun
Thanksgiving Dinner, free for needy and elderly, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Toddy Brook Golf Course and Cafe, 925 Sligo Road, North Yarmouth, Mike Smith, 829-5100.
Creative Economy Studio Show and Sale, with local artists and craftspeople, 4-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Studio on the Hill, 21 Pleasant Hill Road, Freeport, Cat Schwenk, 865-0605.
Home For The Holidays Craft Show, by the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Scarborough High School, 20 Gorham Rd., Scarborough, Stone Soup Artisans, 283-4715.
The Polar Express, Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 21; trains leave at 4, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m., $24 child, $26 adult, $40 first class coach car, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Ocean Gateway Depot, 58 Fore St., Portland, extra dates/times at www.mngrr.org/polar_express.html, tickets at www.porttix.com.
Casco Bay Lines Cruise with Santa, with music, performances, snacks, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $8 adult/ $4 children, depart from Ferry Terminal, 56 Commercial St., Portland, Caitlin Gildart, 774-7871 ext. 105, www.cascobaylines.com.
Len Libby Candies Annual Candy Cane Event, make handmade candy canes, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free, Len Libby Candies, 419 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-4897, www.lenlibby.com.
Jane Freeberg and Astrid Sheckels, author and illustrator of children’s book, “The Scallop Christmas,” 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., L.L. Bean flagship store, Main St., Freeport.
“Artsy Crafts on 88,” a juried artisan holiday show, with photography, painting, jewelry and more, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 267 Foreside Road, Falmouth, email@example.com.
DIY Gift-Making Open House, “Art Night Out” inspired kits, $10-$25, 2-5 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Dec. 20, Artascope Studios, 352 Cottage Rd., South Portland, Suzanne, 799-5154.
New Gloucester Tree Lighting, with Gray-NG High School chorus, Town Library and New Gloucester History Barn open house, 4 p.m., New Gloucester Town Hall, U.S. Route 231, New Gloucester.
Holiday Boutique, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., local craftsmen and artisans, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 53 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 253-3292.
6th Annual “Ember’s Glow Holiday Show,” Craft and Functional Art, accessories, 6-9 p.m. Friday opening reception; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday 12-4 p.m. Sunday; Ember Grove, 247 Congress St., Portland, 761-0408.
A Gift of Christmas Fair, 12-5 p.m. Friday, with lobster lunch; 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday pictures and donuts with Santa, $10; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. fair; 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. seatings for Italian dinner $9 adults/$6 children, Holy Cross School, 436 Broadway, South Portland, 799-6661.
December SHOPPE: An Artists & Crafters Holiday Exhibit and Sale, with live music, local art, jewelry, soap, knitted wear and more, 5-8:30 p.m., TIME Gallery at CTN Studios, 516 Congress St., Portland.
Society for East End Arts Holiday Art Sale, with 80 artists, free admission, 6-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, East End Community School Center, 195 North St., Portland, Solange Kellermann, 577-0648, www.SEAportland.com.
Holly Jolly Fair, cake party, 6-8 p.m. Friday; fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, First Parish Congregational Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, Andrea Conner, 865-3573.
Alternative Gift Market and Fair Trade Crafts Sale, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free admission, Southern Maine Community College, Campus Center, 2 Fort Road, South Portland, Heather Bennett, 741-5663.
Annual Christmas Fair, with silent auction, lobster stew lunch, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, Cathy Ferretti, 846-1039.
Annual East End Holiday Stroll, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., with music, treats, special deals, warming stations for strollers, eastendshops.com.
Annual Yarmouth Town Carol Sing and Tree Lighting, 5 p.m., Town Hall Memorial Green, Main St., Yarmouth, Margaret Downing, 846-9295.
Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St., Scarborough, 883-2814, www.wsumc.us.
Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; haddock chowder luncheon, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough.
Christmas Fair, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., with silent auction, crafts, luncheon, Foreside Community Church, 340 Foreside Rd., Falmouth.
Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland.
Coastal Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. fair; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. luncheon, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland.
First Universalist Evergreen Fair, craft fair and silent auction, soup and bread luncheon, raffles and more, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Universalist Church, 97 Maine St., Yarmouth, 846-4148.
Fiddlehead Family Holiday Craft Morning, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $10 per person, collecting non-perishable food items for Project Grace, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, 383 US Route 1, Scarborough, 883-5720, www.fcascarborough.org.
A Gift of Christmas Christmas Fair, 8:30-11 a.m. pictures and donuts with Santa, $10; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. fair; 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. seatings for Italian dinner $9 adults/$6 children, Holy Cross School, 436 Broadway, South Portland, 799-6661.
Holiday Bazaar Craft and Bake Sale, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free admission, Friends School of Portland, Carter Hall, Mackworth Island, Falmouth, 781-6321, friendsschoolofportland.org.
Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, Mary Willson, 846-0044.
Holiday Fair, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., West Cumberland Methodist Church, Gray Rd, 829-4366.
Holly Jolly Fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, Andrea Conner, 865-3573.
Morrison Center Holiday Festival, craft, bake sale, entertainment, ponies, wagon rides and more, Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough, 883-6680, www.mdcmaine.org.
Meadow Wind Holiday Open House and Silent Auction, 3-7 p.m., free admission, Meadow Wind, 100 Gray Rd, Falmouth, 878-3899.
New Gloucester Historical Society Open House/ Holiday Sale, with exhibit of historic town photos and antique vehicles, New Gloucester History Barn, 9 a.m. – noon, behind Town Hall, U.S. Route 231, New Gloucester, 926-3188.
North Yarmouth Holiday Events, Historical Society Old-Time Holiday Party, tree decorating, carols, crafts, gingerbread cookies, 1-3 p.m., Old Town House, U.S. Route 9, North Yarmouth; Community Potluck and Tree Lighting, 5 p.m., bring entree, side or salad to share, with entertainment, free/ donations accepted, Wescustogo Hall, U.S. Route 115, North Yarmouth; 846-4379.
Shaker Christmas Fair, with BBQ meal, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, U.S. Route 26, New Gloucester, 926-4597.
St. Bart’s Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., with luncheon, children’s craft area and childcare for $1, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth, www.stbartsyarmouth.org.
Old Fashioned Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church Portland, 580 Forest Ave., Portland.
A Walnut Hill Christmas,” holiday arts and crafts gift show, food available, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wescustogo Hall, U.S. Route 115,North Yarmouth.
Williston-West UCC Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 32 Thomas St., Portland.
Winter’s Glow Gala, Holiday Art Show & Sale sponsored by Freeport Creative Arts, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., free admission, Freeport Square Gallery, 140 Main St., Freeport, 865-1616.
Holy Martyrs Christmas Fair, with luncheon, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fraser Art Studio’s Group Holiday Art Sale, Dec. 11-13, 5-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, 81 Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland, www.fraserartstudio.com.
Music and Theater
“The Nutcracker,” presented by Maine State Ballet and Orchestra, with Musica de Filia Girlchoir and Wescustogo Youth Chorale, 2 p.m., 7 p.m., Nov. 28; 2 p.m. Nov. 29; 7 p.m. Dec. 4; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5; 2 p.m. Dec. 6, $15-$45, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, PortTix, 842-0800, www.mainestateballet.org.
“Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season,” USM Chamber Singers, a cappella ensemble, 7:30 p.m., $9 suggested donation at door, Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High St., Portland, 780-5555.
“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Old Port Playhouse, 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinee Saturdays and Sundays; Dec. 3-20, $18/$15, Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333, www.oldportplayhouse.com.
Portland Community Chorus Traditional Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, $12 advance/ $15 door, Scarborough High School auditorium, 20 Gorham Rd, Scarborough, tickets, Starbird Music in Portland, 839-7070, www.PortlandCommunityChorus.org.
Christmas at the Cathedral, presented by Choral Art Society, Saturday noon preview and 8 p.m. concert; Sunday concerts, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., tickets, $10-$30, limited number of $5 youth tickets, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland, CAS, 828-0043 or www.choralart.org.
“The Sweet Sounds of Christmas,” Christmas music by Pine Tree Coastal Winds, 2 p.m., bring food item to donate to Freeport Community Services Food Pantry or cash donation, Harraseeket Grange Hall, 13 Elm St., Freeport, 865-4747.
“The Bells of Christmas,” performance by Casco Bay Ringers and Falmouth Community Handbell Group, hosted by The Falmouth Historical Society, 7 p.m., open to public, OceanView Community Room, Falmouth, reservations, 781-4727.
“PSO’s Magic of Christmas,” a Portland Symphony Orchestra production, Dec. 11-13; Dec. 18-20; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays; extra show Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., $25 and up, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, www.porttix.com, box office at 20 Myrtle St., Portland, 842-0800.
83rd Annual “Pageant of the Nativity,” presented by The First Parish in Portland, Unitarian Universalist, non-denominational pageant with cast of 80; 4:45 p.m., free and open to public, 425 Congress St., Portland, 773-5747.
“Victorian Nutcracker,” presented by Portland Ballet, 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, PortTix, www.porttix.com, or 842-0800.
InspireME’s 6th Annual 5k Turkey Trot, informal walk run for families, registration 7-8:15 a.m., trot 8:30 a.m., requested cash donation $10/minimum or non-perishable food contribution, tote given for $20 donation, for pre-registration contact Perian, 443-2509 or email@example.com, InspireME Personal Fitness Training Studio, 30 Front St., Bath, race starts at Cafe Creme.
“Holiday Gala,” to benefit the Bath Area Family YMCA, with champagne and appetizers, performance by Oratorio Chorale, 5:30-8 p.m., $25, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, tickets, Springer’s Jewelers, Now You’re Cooking, Bath YMCA, 443-4112 or www.bathymca.org.
Holiday Art Fair: “Trees and Wreaths and Baubles, Oh My!” to benefit VSA programs for children and adults with disabilities, 5-8 p.m. reception, fair through Dec. 13, The Eleven Pleasant Street Arts Center, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Gracia Woodward, 607-4016.
The Mutineers Holiday Benefit Concert, to benefit Preble Street Resource Center, 7 p.m., $5 donation, Frontier Cafe, Ft. Andross, Maine St., Brunswick, www.explorefrontier.com.
Ridin’ Steel Fundraiser Holiday Party, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. kids’ events and holiday craft fair, with Santa, food, free admission; 7-11 p.m. adult party, with music, raffles, food, $20 single/ $35 couple, Topsham Legion Post 202, Foreside Road, Topsham, bring non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy for donation, Amanda, 841-3518, www.ridinsteel.com.
37th Annual Spirit of Christmas Craft Fair to benefit the Bath Police D.A.R.E program, with Santa, face painting raffles and more, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road, Bath, Shelley Merrill, 443-8339.
“Mistletoe Madness, A Holiday Cabaret,” with Lynne McGhee and pianist Barbara Cook, to benefit The Coastal Humane Society, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, $10 advance/ $15 door, The Harpswell Merriconeag Grange, U.S. Rt. 123, Harpswell, tickets, 833-6436.
Fairs, Festivals and Fun
Annual Gingerbread Social, raffle, bake sale, 12-4 p.m., $2/child, $4/adult, everyone welcome, Cosmopolitan Club, 894 Washington St., Bath, Diane Nicol, 443-6134.
Children’s Tree Lighting, Jingle Bell Walk, Visit with Santa, 3-5 p.m., children encouraged to bring homemade ornaments, Library Park and City Hall, Bath, information, 442-7291 or www.visitbath.com.
Victorian Christmas Open House & Cookie Walk, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Phippsburg Historical Society Museum, 24 Parker Head Rd., Phippsburg, 443-6309.
15th Annual Festival of Trees, hosted by the Bath Area Family YMCA; “Tots & Trees,” with storytelling by Mrs. Claus, Santa visit, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; tree viewing, 4-5:30 p.m., with refreshments, holiday activities; ongoing silent auction to benefit the Bath YMCA, all events at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, FMI, Bath Area Family YMCA, 443-4112 or www.bathymca.org.
Bath YMCA Festival of Trees, auctions, seasonal and children’s activities, donations appreciated, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, for events and information, 443-4112 or www.bathymca.org.
Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Christmas Cafe, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., West Bath Elementary School, 126 New Meadows Road, Melissa Belanger, 443-4066, or West Bath School, 443-9145.
Christmas Fair, wreaths, crafts, raffle, more, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., luncheon 11 a.m., Bath United Church of Christ, 150 Congress Ave, 371-2727.
35th Annual St. John’s Christmas Craft Show, by juried craftsmen and artists, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., free admission, St. John’s Parish Hall, Pleasant St., Brunswick.
Julefest, held by Maine Nordmenn #3-664, Norwegian smorgasbord, St. Lucia procession, visit from Julenisse, more, noon-4 p.m., $10 members, $15 non-members, free for children 15 and under, Sky-Hy Convention Center, Topsham, Robert Boylestad, Rboylestad@aol.com or 828-5710.
St. Paul’s Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; cafe 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5342.
Santa Visit, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., free and open to public, Skolfield-Whittier House, 161 Park Row, Brunswick, bring camera, refreshments next door at Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.