St. Francis of Assisi Church in Derwood is presenting its 12th annual live nativity scene from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There also will be Christmas caroling. Admission is free. The church is at 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd. For more information, call 301-840-1407.


Ashton Baptist Church is celebrating Christmas with a dramatization of the Christmas story at 7 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The manger will feature live animals. An indoor holiday puppet presentation will be held at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

The church is at 17826 New Hampshire Ave. For more information, call 301-774-5605.


St. Nicholas Church of Darnestown is celebrating the holiday season with three special events. The Irish Noel Benefit Concert with Ceoltoiri, a female trio that performs Irish folk music, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Money raised will benefit local and international charities.

A Christmas Eve service will be held at 7:30 p.m. The church will present "Pageant of Lessons and Carols" at 5 p.m. on Dec. 26. Admission for the concert is $12 in advance for adults and $15 at the door; $8 in advance for children ages 5 to 12 and $10 at the door. Children younger than 5 get in free.

The concert and pageant will be held at Darnestown Presbyterian Church, at 15120 Turkey Foot Rd. The Christmas Eve service will take place at Circle School-Seneca Academy, 15601 Germantown Rd., Darnestown. For more information, call 301-548-9680 or send e-mail to


The teenagers of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac are presenting a live nativity scene on the church lawn at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is a tribute to St. Francis of Assisi, who was inspired by shepherds and arranged the first creche for poor farmers in Italy. There will be live animals, music and refreshments. Admission is free. The church is at 1033 River Rd. For more information, call 301-365-2055.


Immanuel's Church in Silver Spring is holding a Christmas concert featuring its sanctuary choir and dancers at 7 p.m. Sunday. The program will be a combination of worship, drama and pageantry as the church celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

Admission is free. Child care will be provided. The church is at 16819 New Hampshire Ave. For more information, call 301-989-HOPE.


The music ministry of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Bethesda is holding a "Service of Lessons and Carols" at 5 p.m. Sunday. Four of the church's choirs will perform, as well as soloists. The church is at 5450 Massachusetts Ave. For more information, call 301-229-2960.


Georgia Avenue Baptist Church of Glenmont is holding a Christmas Pageant at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. The free programs will depict the birth of Jesus in a musical-drama format. The church is at 12525 Georgia Ave., next to the Glenmont Metro station. For more information, call 301-946-1331.


The children of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda are presenting the Christmas pageant "Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs and Fireflies" at 9 a.m. Sunday. A Christmas party and the adult seminar "The Images and Sounds of Advent" will begin at 10 a.m. A classical worship service will be held at 11:15 a.m. with the church's Chancel Choir and a cello/vocal duet. The day concludes with a potluck supper at 6 p.m., followed by caroling at area nursing homes.

The church is at 6601 Bradley Blvd. For more information, call 301-365-2850.


Olney Baptist Church is presenting the musical program "A Christmas Pageant," starring its Sonshine Kids Choir, and "Because of Bethlehem," performed by the Adult Choir at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 17525 Georgia Ave. For more information, call 301-774-5433.


Church of Christ at Manor Woods in Rockville will hold an evening of "Carols and Candlelight" at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The service is designed for the entire family. The church is at 5300 Norbeck Rd. For more information, call 301-460-3550.


Woodside United Methodist Church of Silver Spring will hold two Christmas Eve services. The 6 p.m. service will be family-oriented. A candlelight service will begin at 11 p.m. The church is at 8900 Georgia Ave. For more information, call 301-587-1215 or visit the church's Web site at woodsideumc/.

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