• BENEFITS

Ugly Sweater Party, with performances by burlesque troupe Red Hot & Ladylike; benefits Bruce Roberts Toy Fund. Pearl Lounge, Portland. Free/donation. 210-6555. 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Andy’s Third Annual Craft Show, with guest musicians; benefits Changing Tides. Andys Old Port Pub, Portland. andysoldportpub.com. 2 p.m. Tuesday.

FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Festival of Trees, variety of associated activities, Saco Museum. Free. 283-3861. Noon to 8 p.m. today and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday. Drawing contest awards ceremony, Dyer Library, 11 a.m. Saturday; visits with Santa Claus, Saco Museum, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Festival runs through Dec. 31.

Handmade Holiday Craft Fair, The Oak and the Ax, Biddeford. theoakandtheax .blogspot.com. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Yuletide Market, local food vendors, handcrafted items and more, L.L. Bean Retail Store, Freeport. Free. www.llbean.com. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

Holiday Extravaganza, various events featuring musicians, art exhibits, poets and more, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. www.aarhusgallery.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to Wednesday (until 8 p.m. Friday). Through Dec. 24.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas,” tours of the mansion decked out in holiday splendor; tours are self-guided; Victoria Mansion, Portland. $5 to $15; free for under age 6; $35 for family ticket. www.victoriamansion.org. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to Wednesday. Through Jan. 8.

“1880s Coastal Christmas,” tours of the house decorated for a Victorian Christmas celebration, Harrington House, Freeport. $10. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“Christmas with the Longfellows,” mid-19th-century holiday celebration with Longfellow House tours and children’s activities, Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland. $12; $10 seniors and students; $3 children; free for under age 6. 774-1822. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.) today and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.) Saturday (music 1 to 3 p.m.); noon to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.) Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.) Monday to Wednesday.

“Merry Madness,” more than 70 downtown Portland stores stay open until 10 p.m. for holiday shopping; reception with refreshments and music at Eastland Park Hotel. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. today.

Christmas party, refreshments and performances by the Sanford High School Chorus, Sanford-Springvale Historical Society, Springvale. www.sanfordhistory.org. 5 to 7 p.m. today.

FRIDAY

The Holiday Revels Open House, with music, storytelling and food, Falmouth Memorial Library. Free. 781-2351. 4 to 6 p.m.

Little Lake Stewards Series, environmentally themed stories, activities and crafts for pre-schoolers, Sebago Lake Ecology Center, Standish. Forest Friends, 10 a.m. to noon.

Rudolph’s Workshops, hourlong workshops for children, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland. $9 plus museum admission. www.kitetails.org. Candle making, 11:30 a.m. Friday; light-up nose greeting cards, 11:30 a.m. Saturday; candy making, 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Season of Light,” learn the origins of holiday traditions and how they relate to the stars, Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern Maine, Portland. usm.maine.edu/planet. 7 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $6 ($5 for children) Friday; $5 ($4 for children) Saturday and Sunday.

SATURDAY

Santa’s Workshop, photos with Santa, scavenger hunt, art making, parade and more, Charles Inn, Downtown Bangor. Free. Noon to 4 p.m.

Open house, view working layouts and munch on light refreshments, Model Train and Slot Car Shop, York. Free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, view boats decked out in holiday decorations on the Casco Bay Lines ferry, Portland Harbor. $8; $4 for ages 5 to 12; free for ages 4 and under. Spectators may watch for free from shore. www.cascobaylines.com. Boat departs at 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY

“Mid-Winter’s Eve at Stonehenge,” simulated tour of Stonehenge projected onto planetarium’s Star Dome, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $5/donation. 780-4249. 7 p.m.

TUESDAY

Lunar eclipse viewing, weather permitting, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. Free. 780-4249. 12:45 to 4 a.m.

Holiday open house and winter solstice celebration with refreshments and music, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor. www.coa.edu. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Living Nativity, with live animals and hymn singing, Standish Congregational Church. Free. 642-3386. 15-minute showings at 6, 6:20, 6:40 and 7 p.m.

• FILMS

“Gasland,” new documentary about fracking, Space, Portland. $7. www.space538.org. 7:30 p.m. today.

Holiday movies, Strand Theatre, Rockland. 594-0070. “The Polar Express” (2004; $5), 3 p.m. Saturday; “A Christmas Carol” (1951; free), 3 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Film Series, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center), Fryeburg. $3; $2 for students. www.fryeburgacademy.org. “March of the Wooden Soldiers” (1934; free), 1 p.m. Saturday, “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), 7:30 p.m. Saturday; “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale,” new horror film about an archaeological dig that unearths an evil Santa, Space, Portland. $5. www.space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

• PRO SPORTS

Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League basketball game, Portland Exposition Building, Portland. $10 to $30. 210-6655. Vs. Idaho, 7 p.m. today; 5 p.m. Sunday.

Portland Pirates, AHL hockey team, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $11 to $17. 828-4665. www.portlandpirates.com. Vs. Manchester, 7 p.m. Saturday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

Book signing, Gem Gallery, Peaks Island. 766-5600. Alice Boyce, “A Glimpse of Old Peaks Island,” 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Dancing with DJ John, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday.

Ballroom dancing, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday; 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Israeli folk dancing, lessons for beginners during the first 30 minutes followed by open dancing, Temple Beth El, Portland. Free. 774-2649. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.