KITTERY---Like most popular events that highlight the holiday calendars of community members, Christmas fairs will look different this year due to the pandemic.
"The pandemic has affected everyone and some will not be able to donate to our Christmas fairs this year,” said Fr. Scott Mower, pastor of the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord (St. Raphael Church, Kittery; St. Christopher Church, York; Our Lady of the Angels Church, South Berwick; and Star of the Sea Church, York Beach). “Even during these challenging times, we are still working to continue our mission.”
The spirit and parish financial support generated by the fairs remain, only this year, it moves from decorated parish halls and churches to a virtual forum.
“We are asking parishioners who can donate this year to support businesses that have supported our parish,” said Fr. Mower. “We are listing the businesses on our website under each of the Christmas fair sections. Some suggested donation items include gift cards, toys, household items, and tools.”
Another difference is that, due to pandemic protocols, homemade food items will be replaced by theme baskets. To eliminate overlapping fairs, they will be held on three consecutive weeks in November.
Here are the specifics for each Christmas fair:
St. Raphael Christmas Bazaar in Kittery
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
St. Christopher Holiday Faire in York
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Our Lady of the Angels Holiday Fair in South Berwick
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information is available at the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord website.