Editor’s note: Please contact individual places of worship for information about Advent and Christmas religious services.


Winter Wassail, 2 to 5 p.m., celebrate the end of a productive harvest and ring in the solstice. Events include crafts, children’s games, bonfire, traditional wassail singers, and roasting chestnuts. Merryspring nature education center and park, Conway Road, Camden. Free.

Holy Grounds Coffee House, 6 p.m., Lisa Gallant Seal with guests Ricki George and Channels of Blessings. Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland.

Winter’s Grace, 7 p.m., Christmas Cantata by Joseph Martin, performed by the church choir and friends. Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland. Free. Handicapped accessible. 829-3766.


Maine Holy Door, 10 a.m., opening of the final door as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Deeley at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, 122 Ash St., Lewiston.

“Be the Light You Wish to See in the World,” 10:30 a.m., interfaith worship service. Held at Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. Visit chimeofmaine.org to learn more.

“Community Carol Sing and Christmas Concert,” 4 p.m., featuring soloist Terrence Heinze, tenor. First Congregational Church, 141 North St., Kennebunkport.

Christmas Pageant and Potluck, 4:30 p.m., Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 20 Jenkins Road, Saco.

Christmas in the Stable, 6 p.m., a nondenominational service with reading of the Christmas story and singing of Christmas carols. Held at Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St., Biddeford. Dress warmly and bring a folding chair and flashlight. Refreshments will follow. To learn more, visit mustangrescue.org.

“Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy,” 6 p.m., service of lessons and carols. Goodwins Mills Advent Christian Church, 503 Goodwins Mills Road, Dayton. All are welcome and refreshments will be served after the service.

Christmas concert, 6 p.m., Salvation Army, 2 Sixth St., Old Orchard Beach.

“Christmas Special Music Night,” 6:30 p.m., with the choir, individual and group performances. Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Camden


“Heavenly Peace,” 4 p.m., Longest Night service of reflection, music, prayer, silence and candles. Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough.

“Spirit of Darkness,” 7 p.m., winter solstice celebration with drumming and dancing. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Street, Kennebunk. Free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Bring drums and finger foods to share along with a nonperishable food for the York County Shelter Programs and the Community Outreach Services.


Live Nativity, 5 to 7 nightly through Wednesday, weather permitting. Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., Westbrook. Cocoa and cookies will be served indoors.

Religion calendar items must be submitted before noon Monday to be considered for the next Saturday. Please note that we are not able to list regular weekly services in the calendar. Mail to: Religion Calendar, Portland Press Herald, P.O. Box 1460, Portland, ME 04104; or email to:

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