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PORTLAND (WPFO) -- This weekend officially kicks off the Christmas holiday season. Trevor Geiger from Dispatch Magazine is here with some of the best events around in today's Weekend Planner.THEATER: The NutcrackerSaturday, Nov. 29 (2 p.m. & 7 p.m.) and Sunday, Nov. 30 (2 p.m.) Maine State Ballet’s annual holiday product of The Nutcracker, under the direction of Artistic Director and former New York City Ballet member Linda MacArthur Miele, features classis choreography, glorious sets, dazzling costumes, and live music. Thirty ballet company members comprise the large cast. This is a perennial favorite of Portland’s holiday season.Merrill Auditorium20 Myrtle St., Portland(207)842-0800porttix.comTickets: $20 – $60SHOPPING: Down East Ski Club Winter ExpoSaturday, Nov. 29 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) With more than 10,000 pieces of ski and snowboard equipment available, this is the premier ski equipment expo for finding gear on the cheap. What you can expect to find: boots, skis, snowboards, bindings, helmets, clothing, gear bags, poles, and much more. For many, standing in line before the event begins is a tradition, so if you want to score the sweetest deals, come early and dress warm.Portland Expo239 Park Ave., Portlanddowneastskiclub.comFree admissionSHOPPING: Small Business SaturdaySaturday, Nov. 29 (All Day) Instead of standing in lines during Black Friday, enjoy a leisurely time around town during Small Business Saturday. The concept is simple: support local, independent stores during your holiday shopping extravaganza. Some locations are evening offering special activities to commemorate the event, such as Downtown Handmade & Vintage in Lewiston. There, you can find loads of local vendors offering discounts and even some free goodies.Statewide Downtown Handmade & Vintage182 Lisbon St., Lewiston(207)740.0500facebook.com/downtownhandmadevintageFree admissionFESTIVAL: Lighting of the NubbleSaturday, Nov. 29 (5 p.m. – 6 p.m.)Come enjoy the annual lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the York High School Chamber Singers and continue at 6 p.m. when Santa arrives via fire truck. Immediately after, the island lights turn on. Complimentary cookies and hot chocolate for all. Shuttles will be running from Ellis Park at Short Sands Beach from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.Sohier Park11 Sohier Park Rd., Yorknubblelight.orgFreeMUSIC: 12th Annual Beatles NightSaturday, Nov. 29 (8 p.m.) & Sunday, Nov. 30 (4 p.m.) In 2002, Spencer Albee (Rustic Overtones) got together with his friends to play a night of Beatles music. The show sold out. Now, 12 years and four larger venues later, this beloved night has grown to become an annual holiday family tradition. The Saturday show is quickly approaching sold out status, but Sunday remains open. Don’t miss a fabulous performance that the Rolling Stone calls “a mind blowing tribute.”State Theatre609 Congress St., Portland(800)745-3000statetheatreportland.comTickets: $15 (adv), $25 (both shows), $20 (day of)FESTIVAL: An Old Fashioned ChristmasSaturday, Nov. 29 (Check online for times) Today marks the beginning of Bath’s annual Christmas celebration, an Old Fashioned Christmas. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with the Children’s Tree Lighting, Jingle Bell Walk, and Visit with Santa. There will be cookies, caroling, refreshments, and plenty of opportunities to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. This annual event continues until December 31. Check online to see more events happening throughout the month.Downtown Bath(207)442-7291visitbath.comFree
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PORTLAND (WGME) -- There is a yellow zone parking ban in effect for downtown Portland Thursday night.
The parking ban is geographically bounded by:
Commercial Street on the SouthCumberland Avenue on the NorthFranklin Street Arterial on the EastState Street on the West
It went into effect at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 a.m. Friday.
It allows the city to clear away snow from the streets and sidewalks.
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