CAMDEN – The First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St., hosts several festive events during Christmas by the Sea weekend, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4.

Following CDC recommendations, all events taking place at the First Congregational Church require the wearing of KN95 masks, which will be provided to individuals at the door. The handbell concert on Saturday requires pre-registration; see details below.

On Friday, Dec. 3, at noon, Christmas by the Sea weekend kicks off with a fun and festive lunchtime concert of holiday selections featuring piano, organ, voice, flute, a dramatic reading and more, lead by Director of Music Matthew Mainster. This concert will be presented free of charge courtesy of First Congregational Church’s Friends of Music program. Donations are welcomed in support of the Friends of Music program. No pre-registration is required.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Holiday Craft Fair will be held in the Pilgrim and Mayflower Rooms, featuring a variety of fine crafts made by local artisans. Come shop for jewelry, natural handmade ornaments and holiday decorations, quilted and needle felted gifts, wreaths, soap, candles and more. No pre-registration is required. The number of shoppers inside the building may be limited at times to avoid excessive capacity.

Also on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m., the church hosts the “Ringing in the Season” handbell concert. Music is provided by Choral Bells of the First Congregational Church of Camden, Penobscot Bay Ringers of Camden, and the Maho Hisakawa family trio (flute, piano, violin), also hailing from Camden. This concert is free of charge, with donations welcomed in support of the Knox County Homeless Coalition. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. For this concert only, the in-person audience will be limited to 100; call 207-236-4821 or email by 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, to reserve your seat. The handbell concert will also be live streamed for those who can’t be there in-person. That link will be available at

Come and enjoy the crafts, music and holiday cheer in downtown Camden. For more information, call 236-4821.