Santa waves from a firetruck at last year’s Christmas parade in Wells.

Santa waves from a firetruck at last year’s Christmas parade in Wells.

For those looking for something to put them in the holiday mood, there are a bevy of events to choose from in the local area this weekend.

In Biddeford, the Second Congregational Church on Crescent Street will hold its annual children’s Christmas shopping event and pancake breakfast Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families with children are invited for breakfast and entertainment, such as music and face painting. Children can explore a makeshift store stocked with donated new and gently used items they can give to adults for the holidays.

Because of the large turnout last year, the church is asking people to pre-register for the event by calling 284-7898 or emailing [email protected]

The Old Orchard Beach Recreation Department and the Regional School Unit 23 PTO will be lighting up their beach town. The groups are hosting a Winter Wonderland, a holiday lights tour on Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the walking trails behind the Jameson School.

The event will consist of holiday lights and displays throughout the paths, accompanied by a story board walk. There will be concessions for sale in the Jameson School gym, as well as festive crafts for children to take home.

The cost is $7 per family for pre-registration, or $10 per family at the door. To pre-register, visit the Old Orchard Beach Recreation Department behind the Loranger Middle School at 148 Saco Ave. All proceeds will go to the PTO and the Old Orchard Beach Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.

For more information, call the Old Orchard Beach Recreation Department at 934-0860, or visit its website at

Look for some historical merriment in Springvale. The Goodwin House at 503 Main St., adjacent to the Sanford Springvale Historical Museum, will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The house will be decked to the nines for Christmas. Victorian toys are also on display.

If you’re looking for Santa, on Saturday he’ll be taking time out of his hectic schedule to stop by the Waterboro Fire Department, which hosts an open house from 2-4 p.m. Youngsters will be able to decorate cookies, have some candy and hot chocolate and all can ooh and aah at the lighting of Central Station.

Those who love a good parade should check out the 30th Annual Christmas Parade in Wells, hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce. The parade will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Wells Plaza and head up Route One to Wells Junior High.

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