Following is a roundup of upcoming holiday events:

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Home for the Holidays Dance Party

Our Town Belfast welcomes back Ghost of Paul Revere for a community dance with snacks and cash bar at United Farmer’s Market of Maine, 18 Spring St., Belfast, 8 to 11 p.m. Cost: $15 advance; $20 at door, benefits Our Town Belfast’s work to promote economic health and human happiness in downtown Belfast. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets at

Sunday, Dec. 31

Children's Play

The Sunday School of the Sandy Point Congregational Church will present its Christmas week Children’s Church service with a short play, "No Room at the Inn," and other readings during the 9 a.m. service. The play is a story of hope and adjustment in the face of fear and disappointment and the resilience of God’s children to overcome their trials and face a future with optimism and joy.

All are welcome to attend the service and share in fellowship afterward at the church, 698 Route 1, Stockton Springs. For more information, call 323-7900.

New Year's By the Bay

The 21st annual New Year's By The Bay celebration provides fun events from 2 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at eight mostly indoors, walking-distance venues around Belfast. Music, dancing, magic, poetry, food and more in a family-friendly, chem-free environment, ending with a midnight bonfire on waterfront. Cost: $20; $5 youth in grades K-12; free for children younger than 5. For more information, visit

As part of the fun, The First Church in Belfast, UCC, 14 Church St., will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. and will have a New Year's meal in the Fellowship Hall.

From 5 to 9 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St., welcomes all to its Bistro for soup, savory hand pies, and desserts, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, all made from scratch with fresh ingredients: $8.

Monday, Jan. 1

Dip 4 Derek

The annual Dip 4 Derek Polar Challenge takes place at noon at Lincolnville Beach. The event benefits the Derek O'Brien Trust, named for Derek O'Brien, who suffered a broken spine in a 2005 swimming accident.

No preregistration is necessary to participate in the event. Donations may be made to the Derek O’Brien Trust at Key Bank, c/o Peter Roper, 10 Spring St., Camden, ME 04843 — or may be handed to Peter Roper as he runs out of the chilly Atlantic.