“Hannah, Mary, and Longing,” 9:30 a.m. to noon, free seminar for women led by Teresa Bernier. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 496 Lisbon St./Route 196, Lisbon. Child care is available on request and lunch is included. Contact the church at 353-8453 for reservations.

Holiday concert, 4 p.m., annual performance featuring the University of Southern Maine Chamber Choir. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Pleasant St., Portland.

Candlelight concert of Christmas music, 4:30 p.m., as part of Christmas Prelude. First Congregational Church, 141 North St., Kennebunkport.

Community Chanukah party, 5 to 9 p.m., hosted by Adas Yoshuron Synagogue and held at Watts Hall, Thomaston. There will be Balkan and Klezmer music, Israeli dancing, menorah lighting, children’s activities and a hot supper. Admission is $5 per person for synagogue members and $10 per person for non-members with a $25 maximum per family. Call the synagogue office at 594-4523 to sign up.

A Living Nativity float created by Good Shepherd Parish will participate in Saco’s Holiday Parade of Lights starting at 7 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will hold a bean supper prior to the parade from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Hall, 271 Main St., Saco. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.

Chanukah Extravaganza, 6 p.m., with lighting of the Grand Menorah, fire and ice show for all ages, light supper and live music. Lighting on the steps at Portland City Hall with other events in the State of Maine Room. For more information, contact Chabad of Maine at 871-8947 or visit

“An Acoustic Evening with Maine Christian Artists,” 7 p.m., at First E Free Church, 355 Bridgton Road, Westbrook. Free admission with an offering taken to benefit First Fruits Ministries.


Annual St. Lucia Day children’s procession and worship, 10 a.m., Raymond Village Community Church.

“Essentials of Light,” 10:30 a.m., ChIME interfaith service at Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland.

Christmas concert sing-a-long, 3 p.m., with contemporary and traditional music. North Saco Congregational Church, Heath Road, Saco. All are welcome to participate.

Choral evensong, 3:30 p.m., featuring the church choir. A reception follows. St. Bartholomew’s Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth.

Music and reflection for the Advent season, 4 p.m., with HeartSong community a cappella chorus. Held at United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road/Route 173, Lincolnville Center.

Caroling at Pine Point Rehab, 6 p.m., all are welcome to join Blue Point Congregational Church members for caroling at 67 Pine Point Road, Scarborough.

Taize prayer service, 7 p.m., Emmaus Lutheran Church, 265 Middle Road, Falmouth.


Festival of Hanukkah, 11:15 a.m., with Candor Daniel Leeman from Beth Israel Congregation in Bath, presented as part of the weekly Lunch and Learn program at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., Damariscotta. Call 563-1363 for more information.


Candlelight Christmas service and carol sing, 7 p.m., presented by West Bath Historical Society with the Rev. Janet Leighninger presiding. Free and non-denominational. Held at Old West Bath Meeting House, Berry’s Mill Road, West Bath. Call 443-4449 for details.

“How Religion Undermines Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa,” 7 to 8:30 p.m., talk by Dr. Anouar Majid. Free Camden Conference program held at Camden Public Library. For more information, go to or call 236-1034.


“World religions and spiritual traditions,” 1 p.m., presentation in conjunction with Spiritual Literacy Month featuring educator Sally Johns. Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., Damariscotta. Fee is $5 and advanced registration is required. To register, call 563-1363 by Thursday.

Live Nativity, 5 to 7 p.m., every evening through Dec. 24, weather permitting, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., Westbrook. Roman soldiers will lead visitors to the Bethlehem Caf?n the fellowship hall for cocoa and cookies. Details are online at or by calling 854-5653.

“Christmas in Maine,” 6:30 p.m., sacred and secular holiday music with the North Country Strings. Abbot Evangelical Free Church, Route 15, Abbot Village. Admission by donation.

Coming Up

Annual York County Hanukkah Party, 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at Congregation Etz Chaim, 36 Bacon St., Biddeford. Featured is a potluck supper at 5 p.m. and participants should bring a dairy or veggie entree to share. There will also be latkes by Marc Feldman along with music and dancing with Casco Bay Tummlers. Cost is $6 per person.