Sunday, Dec. 23
Christmas Pageant, 10 a.m., Clifton Lutheran Church, 150 Humphrey St., Marblehead. Clifton Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas pageant celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with children of the church playing the roles. Public is welcome. www.cliftonlutheran.org or 781-631-4379.
Winter Solstice Service, 4:30 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Outdoor procession by candlelight, drumming, the lighting of the Yule log, readings and songs, hot cider, and cookies. 978-774-7582 or www.nsuu.org.
“Christmas Carols by Candlelight,” 7 p.m., St. John the Russian Orthodox Church, 16 Mount Pleasant Ave., Ipswich. Evening of singing traditional Christmas carols led by the parish choir in the candlelit historic church interior. Program includes illuminating the Christmas tree. A reception with holiday refreshments will follow. Free. Parking available in the rear of the church at 34 Lafayette Road. 978-380-6499 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Blue Christmas Service, 7 p.m., Tabernacle Congregational Church, UCC, 50 Washington St., Salem. Light candles, sing songs, and focus on the peace and love of Christmas. Handicapped-accessible. 978-744-3164 or www.tabernaclechurch.org.
Tuesday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day at the J, 1 to 5 p.m., JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. The JCC will be open for sports and gym games from 1 to 3 p.m., story and craft time at 1 p.m., family movies from 2 to 6 p.m., and family swim from 2 to 5 p.m. All are welcome. jccns.org or 781-631-8330.
Sunday, Jan. 6
Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m., Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott St., Danvers. The choir will sing music of William Billings, Charles Callahan, John Joubert, Austin Lovelace, Alice Parker, John Weaver and others. The congregation will sing hymns of the season, and scripture lessons will be read by parishioners and clergy. Child care provided. Reception afterward. Free admission. 978-774-3163, ext. 353.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Preschool Open House, 10 to 11 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Sign up for the 2013-2014 school year. 978-535-2100.