Get out there and have some fun this weekend!

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MAINE

WINTER BREW HAHA

8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Banded Horn Brewery, 13-W, 32 Main St., Biddeford. $5. www.bandedhorn.com
The comics of Portland Comedy Co-op know it's not technically winter yet, but considering most of us are now wearing socks every day and/or have turned the heat on - at least a little - it might as well be winter. Might as well start it off on a high note, with comedy and beer. $5 admission and you can buy and Banded Horn beers on tap!

ANNUAL COPPER BEECH TREE LIGHTING

Friday at 6pm at the Portland Museum of Art - Portland’s Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc and young authors from The Telling Room share season-inspired poems, The Waynflete School Chorus sings carols, and The Marshmallow Cart serves up streetside S’mores—it’s all in anticipation of the spectacular lighting of the 100-year-old copper beech tree, a Portland winter tradition that is not to be missed.

HOLIDAY FEST

4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Mill Creek Park, South Portland. Many activities free.
Now if this isn't good old-fashioned fun, I don't know what is. Eat hot cider, hot dogs, meatball heroes, cupcakes, hot chocolate and s'mores and sing along to Christmas carols with the South Portland High School and Middle School chorus students. Once properly in the spirit, visit Santa at City Hall or go on a horse drawn carriage ride through the park. Then watch the tree lighting at 6 p.m. Now that's some holiday.

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

36th Annual Candlelight Stroll

Saturday, 5-9 p.m.
Sunday, 4-8 p.m.

The 36th Annual Candlelight Stroll kicks off this weekend at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth. Showcasing 350 years of winter pastimes and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum's furnished historic houses, Candlelight Stroll anchors the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth experience, described as the 'Christmas capital of North America.'

Clara's Dream, A Nutcracker Story

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Sunday, 3 p.m.

A twist on the original and traditional story - Clara's Dream, A Nutcracker Story will be performed once again on the Lebanon Opera House stage this weekend. With music by Tchaikovsky to set the stage, and choreography and Adaptation by Jennifer Henderson, this show is now a standard in the Upper Valley.

The Manchester Christmas Parade

Saturday, 4 p.m.
We thought we should highlight the largest Christmas parade in the state - the Manchester Christmas Parade, which will be held this weekend in downtown Manchester. Your kids will be delighted with the scores of brightly decorated floats carrying their colorful characters and finally, Jolly Old Santa Claus in his bright red fire truck!