• CLASSICAL MUSIC

The Portland Conservatory of Music presents Noonday Concerts, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, $5 suggested donation. portlandconservatory.net. Holiday Sing-Along with Robert Russell and the Choral Arts Society, 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Portland Symphony Orchestra “Magic of Christmas,” Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $31-$61. porttix.com. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 22.

St. Cecilia Chamber Choir presents Ceremony of Lessons and Carols; carols and anthems, both old and new, interspersed with readings from poetry and scripture, Second Congregational Church Newcastle, $15, students free. ceciliachoir.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m. Saturday.

The St. Mary Schola Early Music Ensemble, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, $15, $12 seniors and students. stmaryschola.org. Includes works by Schutz, Praetorius, Lassus, Bach and more, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Tri-City Community Chorus “A Yuletide Celebration,” First Parish Congregational Church, Saco, selected choruses from “The Messiah” and other seasonal favorites. $8-$10 advance, $10-$12 door. tricitycommunitychorus.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Portland Conservatory of Music’s 2013 Holiday Student Concert, a holiday craft fair will follow the concert, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, donations accepted. 775-3356. 3 p.m. Saturday.

The St. Mary Schola Early Music Ensemble, South Congregational Church, Kennebunkport, $15, $12 students and seniors. stmaryschola.org. Works by Schutz, Praetorius, Lassus, Bach and more, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The DaPonte String Quartet, Second Congregational Church Newcastle, free. Annual Christmas concert, 3 p.m. Sunday.

The St. Mary Schola Early Music Ensemble, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Falmouth, $15, $12 students and seniors. stmaryschola.org. Works by Schutz, Praetorius, Lassus, Bach and more, 4 p.m. Sunday.

Choral Art Society’s Annual Messiah Sing-Along, food drive to benefit Project Feed, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, $5, students free. choralart.org. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Christmas with Cornils, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland. $10-$20 advance, $15-$25 door. brownpapertickets.com/event/462634. With the Kotzschmar Festival Brass, the Parish Ringers and St. Mary Schola, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Portland Conservatory of Music presents Noonday Concerts, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, $5 suggested donation. portlandconservatory.net. Festive brass and organ with Betty Rines, Mark Tipton and Ray Cornils, 12:15 p.m. Dec. 19.

• DANCE

Men of the Strip, Asylum, Portland, $15, 18-plus. portlandasylum.com. Male dance revue featuring Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees, 9 p.m. Thursday.

Fall Dance Showcase University of Maine, Orono, Hauck Auditorium, $10. umaine.edu/spa. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Vivid Motion presents “The Nutcracker Burlesque,” featuring a wide array of dance genres including ballet, go-go dancing, disco, hoedown and classic burlesque. For adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, $15. vividmotion.org. Music is adapted from the classic Tchaikovsky Nutcracker ballet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Dec. 19. Through Dec. 21.

Portland Ballet’s “The Victorian Nutcracker,” Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $20-$55. porttix.com. Set in Victorian era Portland, with stage sets and costumes inspired by the Victoria Mansion, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

• THEATER

“The Snow Queen,” beloved fairy tale of devotion, bravery and the triumph of love, Portland Stage Company, $35-$45, $15 for children under 15. portlandstage.org. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 19. Through Dec. 22.

David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries,” Portland Stage Company Studio Theater, $20-$25. portlandstage.org. Hilarious tale of Crumpet, a Macy’s store elf. For mature audiences only. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Dec. 19. Through Dec. 22.

“The Gift of the Magi,” holiday musical set in the ’40s, The Footlights, Falmouth. $15-$18, pay what you can Thursdays, thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Dec. 19.

“A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” presented by L/A Community Little Theatre, Great Falls Performing Arts Center, Auburn, $18, $15 seniors, $12 for 12 and under. laclt.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Mad Horse Theatre’s “By Local” play reading series, Madhorse Theater at The Hutchins School, South Portland, $10 suggested donation. madhorse.com. “Alligator Road” by Callie Kimball, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; “Papermaker” by Monica Wood, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” The Public Theatre, Lewiston, $20, $5 for 18 and under. thepublictheatre.org. Classic holiday tale adapted by Christopher Schario, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Our Theatre Company, Nasson Community Center Little Theatre, Springvale, $10, $8 seniors, kids 12 and under. myotc.org. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Annie,” Lyric Music Theater, South Portland, $21.99, $17.99 seniors. lyricmusictheater.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 21.

Studio Theatre presents “Twisted Christmas,” nice and naughty skits, songs, audience participation and classic Christmas themes. For adults only. Winter Street Center, Bath, $10. studiotheatreofbath.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“The Dybbuk of Park Slope,” Acorn Studio Theater, Westbrook, $15, $12 for 12 and under. acorn-productions.org. Play about finding your spirituality in the complex 21st-century world, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 29.

Christmas with The Ratpack, Anthony’s Dinner Theater, Portland. 221-2267. Dinner and performance, with Elvis impersonator, 7 p.m. Friday.

“A Christmas Carol,” performed by two actors in full period costume, each playing several roles, and includes audience participation, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. 2 p.m. Saturday.

“A Christmas Carol,” The Footlights, Falmouth, $10. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. One-man show starring Michael Tobin, 5 p.m. Sunday.

“A Christmas Carol: The New Musical Tale,” two-person musical, Clay Hill Farm Restaurant, Cape Neddick, $18, $15 matinees. clayhillfarm.com. 2 p.m. Sunday; 6 p.m. Wednesday. Through Dec. 22.

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” The Footlights, Falmouth, $10. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. Starring David LaGraffe and Claudia Hughes, 7 p.m. Monday.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” The Footlights, Falmouth, $10. thefootlightsinfalmouth.com. Jody McColman stars in this holiday classic, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

OOB High School Drama Club presents “A Murder in Red and Green,” interactive comedy, also features an ugly sweater contest and silent auction, Old Orchard Beach High School, $10, includes dessert. bit.ly/OOBHSDrama. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” tells the story of six delinquent Herdman children, with humorous fashion and local musicians performing Christmas carols, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, $10, $7 children. chocolatechurcharts.org. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19.

MUSEUMS

Portland Museum of Art: Ahmed Alsoudani: “Redacted,” paintings and drawings by New York-based Iraqi artist and MECA graduate, through Feb. 2; “Piece Work: 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial,” new and recent work by living artists, through Jan. 5; “9 Walks,” video projections by Amy Stacey Curtis exploring movement in time and space via the motif of a walk in the woods, through Jan. 5; Jason Rogenes “J480N R063N38,” installation of large-scale sculptural forms in the PMA family space, through Jan. 5. portlandmuseum.org

Maine Jewish Museum, Portland: “Beings,” sculptures by Eva Goetz and Nanci Khan. treeoflifemuseum.org. Through Dec. 24.

Museum of African Culture, Portland: “Ancestral Visionary,” painter Jerome Wright, works on wood and canvas. museumofafricanculture.org. Through Dec. 28.

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston: “Redefining the Multiple: 13 Japanese Printmakers” and “Selections from Berenice Abbott’s ‘Portrait of Maine,’ ” through Saturday. bates.edu/museum

Saco Museum: “The Holly and The Ivy: Festival of Trees,” through Dec. 29. dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org

Maine Historical Society/Longfellow House, Portland: “This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War,” photographs, letters, maps, artifacts and memorabilia, through May 26. mainehistory.org

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick: “Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Artists,” artwork by eight pioneering Chinese women, through Dec. 22; “This Mighty Scourge of War,” art of the Civil War, through Jan. 5. “Regarding the Forces of Nature: From Alma Thomas to Yayoi Kusama,” through March 9. “A World of Objects,” small and rarely seen objects from diverse collections. Through June 8. bowdoin.edu/art-museum

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College, Brunswick: “Robert E. Peary and His Northern World,” through Dec. 31; “Animal Allies: Inuit Views of the Northern World,” through Jan. 6; “Spirits of Land, Air, and Water: Antler Carvings from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection,” through Feb. 23. bowdoin.edu/ arctic-museum

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath: “Going Coastal: Humor, Parody and Amusement of a Maritime Nature,” through June 1. mainemaritimemuseum.org

Colby Museum of Art, Waterville: “Nowhere But Here,” works by Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Elizabeth Murray, Ben Pier and others, through Jan. 5; “The Lunder Collection,” works by Whistler, Homer, O’Keefe and many more American masters, plus “Spaces and Places” and “American Weathervanes,” through June 8. colby.edu/museum

Maine State Museum, Augusta: “Maine Voices from the Civil War,” letters, documents, diaries, sketches, paintings, flags and other objects from the Civil War period, through May 2015. mainestatemuseum.org

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: “The Wonderful World of Oz,” exhibition drawn from the world’s most comprehensive collection of Oz materials, based in Maine, through March; “Temperas and Watercolors” by Andrew Wyeth, through April 30; “Every Picture Tells a Story: N.C. Wyeth Illustrations from the Brandywine River Museum,” through Dec. 29; “American Treasures: Maine Voices,” views of Maine through art by N.C. Wyeth, Louise Nevelson, Alex Katz and more, through Dec. 29; “A Wondrous Journey: Jonathan Fisher and the Making of Scripture Animals,” through Jan. 5. farnsworthmuseum.org

Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor: “Wabanaki Guides,” the legacy of Wabanaki people serving as guides for European and American explorers, cartographers, tourists and artists from the 1600s to present, through December. abbemuseum.org

University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor: Sachiko Akitama, “On Finding Home,” figures carved from wood and finished with painted surfaces; “From the Shadows,” black and white photographs by Susan Burnstine and Lynn Saville. umma.umaine.edu. Through Jan. 4.

Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk: “Art of the Barn,” presented by Heartwood College of Art, artists’ interpretations of local barns, through Dec. 28. brickstoremuseum.org

Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport: “Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks,” penobscotmarinemuseum.org. Through Feb. 22.

ART GALLERIES

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick: Jym St. Pierre, “Maine Landsc[r]apes,” photographs. curtislibrary.com. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Marji Greenhut Sculpture Studio, Brunswick: Maine photography exhibit to jazz renditions, by Jane Knox. 449-7481. 3 p.m. Saturday.

CONTINUING

June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland: “Pots,” 15th annual studio pottery exhibit, works by Paul Heroux, Susan Dewsnap and Sequoia Miller. 699-5083. Through Saturday.

Gleason Fine Art, Portland: “Eye Catchers,” annual holiday show. Through Dec. 28. gleasonfineart.com

Harlow Gallery, Harpswell: Kennebec Valley Art Association “8x10x100” Art Exhibition; proceeds support arts programming, pieces sell for $100. harlowgallery.org. Through Dec. 28.

Fryeburg Academy, Pace Galleries of Art, “Fryeburg Fair Portraits-Ambrotypes” by David Puntel, also includes portraits by Rachel Andrews Damon and vintage portraits from O.B. Denison. fryeburgacademy.org. Through Dec. 20.

Gallery Framing, Brunswick: “Maine 10” Art Show, Sylvia Dyer, Shirley Lewis, Mary Truesdell, Leslie Emerson, Susan Rayfield Wood and Wayne Robbins; galleryframinginc.com. Through Dec. 27.

Aarhus Gallery, Belfast: 7th annual Extravaganza, smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craft work from more than 70 Maine artists. aarhusgallery.com. Through Dec. 24.

York Public Library: “The Collector’s Choice,” photographs, lithographs, paintings and more by several artists. www.york.lib.me.us. Through Jan. 3.

Markings Gallery, Bath: “Wearable Art,” Maine weavers, felters and jewelers. markingsgallery.com. Through Dec. 31.

Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland: Brita Holmquist “Water Notes,” small, bold oil paintings. daunis.com. Through Dec. 31.

Rose Contemporary, Portland: “Moonlit,” photographs by Luc Demers. rosecontemporary.com. Through Dec. 31.

The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth: First Anniversary Show, paintings and photography by established local artists and emerging artists. davinciexperience.com. Through Jan. 9.

Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor: “Gifts for Giving ’13,” showcase of original works of fine art, sculpture and fine crafts. 380-7554. Through Wednesday.

Red Door Pottery Studio and Gallery Shop, Kittery: “Home for the Holidays,” show of local crafts and curiosities. reddoorpottery.com. Through Sunday.

Frost Gully Gallery, Freeport: Dahlov Ipcar, show of 20 new paintings, frostgullygallery.com. Through Dec. 28.

The Hive and Heartwood College of Art, Kennebunk: “100 Birds for Haiti,” 100 works or art portraying birds from local artists are being sold for $100, with half of the proceeds benefiting Partners in Development, an organization devoted to the emergency feeding of children in Haiti, thehivekennebunk.com. Through Dec. 31.

PhoPa Gallery, Portland: Steven Laxton: “Circo El Salvador,” images of traveling circus families. phopa gallery.com. Through Dec. 28.

University of New England Art Gallery, Portland: Joe Guertin “A Graphic Designer Remembered,” une.edu/artgallery. Through Jan. 26.

Maine College of Art Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland: 2013 Maine College of Art Faculty Exhibition, featuring Sascha Braunig, Hilary Irons, Samantha Haedrich and Peter Simensky. meca.edu. Through Dec. 22.

Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor: “The Seasons,” new paintings by John Vander, goldsmithgallery.net. Through Dec. 24.

Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island: “Holiday Offerings 2013,” selection of original works by regional artists working in a variety of media and styles. richardboydartgallery.com. Through Dec. 31.

Constellation Gallery, Portland: Maine Artists Collective “Alchemy of Light,” paintings, mixed media, photography and digital art with the theme of light. constellationart.com. Through Dec. 29.

Fore Street Gallery, Portland: Paul Black “New Portland Paintings,” 874-8084. Through Dec. 31.

Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth: “Just What You’ve Always Wanted,” paintings, photographs, mixed media and more, elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through Jan. 12.

Portland Public Library: Southern Maine Community College Student Work Exhibition, self-portraits in charcoal. portlandlibrary.com. Through Jan. 31.

Mainely Frames and Gallery, Portland: William Harrison, pen and ink drawings, mainelyart.com. Through Dec. 31.

University of New England Campus Center, Biddeford: Michael Vickery, “Progressions in Time and Space: Traditional and 3D-printed Media,” 284-6394. Through Jan. 15.

Green Hand Bookshop, Portland: “Portraits of Recently Extinct Birds of the Eastern United States” by Jada Fitch. 253-6808. Through Feb. 4.

Greenhut Galleries, Portland: “The Holiday Show,” festive group show with works by more than 40 artists, greenhutgalleries.com. Through Dec. 28.

Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor: New sculptures by Jeff Barrett, gleasonfineart.com. Through Jan. 4.

Grapheteria Gallery, Portland: “Our Beautiful Planet,” photography by George Petkov. thegrapheteria.com. Through Jan. 31.

Eastern Tire Gallery, Rockland: “9 Lively Ladies 9 x 9 Show,” works by Lois Anne, Lolly Clayton, Nancy Fitzgerald, Elizabeth O’Haverty, Deb Winship, Rebecca Thompson, Edith LaRoche, Stell Shevis and Marietta Raveri. 594-5250. Through Dec. 31.

Camden Public Library: Robert and Su.Sane Hake, “Fey Fairy Fey,” 236-3440. Through Dec. 31.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth: “Small Works 2013,” courthousegallery.com. Through Dec. 24.

Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland: “8 Women Abstract Artists,” 8 x 8-inch works by local artists, susanmaaschfine art.com. Through Dec. 31.

Savory Maine, Damariscotta: Viola Glendinning, vistas in oil. savorymainedining.com. Through Jan. 7.

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery, Yarmouth: “Small Works Holiday Show,” art by more than 60 artists. yarmouthframeandgallery.com. Through Jan. 31.

Waterfall Arts, Belfast: “Rusty Bits” metal show and sale; and paintings by Sandy Balmforth. waterfallarts.org. Through Dec. 22.

Maine Fiberarts, Topsham: Quilted Assemblages by Donald Talbot and Beatrice Gilbert, mainefiberarts.org. Through Dec. 31.

Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery, Boothbay Harbor: “Art in the Square,” 12 x 12-inch original artwork on canvas by local artists, proceeds benefit the student and scholarship fund, 633-2703. Through Jan. 5.