For centuries, Christmas has inspired and sparked the imagination of people around the world, producing music, poetry, artwork and story upon story. “A Heartwood Christmas,” opening Friday, Dec. 3 for a two-weekend run at the downtown Lincoln Theater, offers a veritable holiday smorgasbord — six performances, each differing from the others in content and each containing elements of poetry, comedy, storytelling and music.

The six unique performances will feature dozens of actors, performers and a host of musical guests to include the DaPonte String Quartet, Boston-based flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual, Irish folk trio The Press Gang, pianist Sean Fleming, traditional bluegrass group The Katahdin Valley Boys, The Lincolnaires and Heartwood’s new youth performance group, HYPE!, as well as appearances by many vocalists familiar to Heartwood audiences. To see who will be featured in each show, and reserve space for one’s first-choice performance, visit heartwoodtheater.org.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m., Dec. 3 through 12. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door for adults; and $8 for students through high school. Ticket reservations are available only through Heartwood: call 563-1373; or send e-mail to boxoffice@heartwoodtheater.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.