Aldersgate Methodist Church in Alexandria will present a free Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. A 70-member choir will perform "Canticle of Christmas," a musical celebration of the season. The church is at 1301 Collingwood Rd. For more information, call 703-765-6555.

Arlington Forest United Methodist Church invites the community to a Christmas Eve candlelight service of lessons and carols at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church. The church is at 4701 Arlington Blvd. For more information, call 703-525-0961.

Calvary Gospel Church in Arlington will present a Christmas program at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church. "The True Stories of Christmas" will feature drama, dance and songs celebrating the birth of Jesus. The event is free and open to the public. The church is at 1800 N. Glebe Rd. For more information, call 703-525-6636.

-- Miya Wiseman

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