• BENEFITS

“Chefs and Musicians for Safe Harbor,” Maine Songwriters’ Association performers, Burundi music and The Adam Ezra Group; benefits the Safe Harbor legal assistance fund; First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. $10; free for ages 16 and under. 773-5747. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Wildland Sundays, hayrides, bonfire, cocoa, cookies, cut your own tree and more, benefits the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, Orland. $25 per tree. 469-2008. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas Gala 2011, benefits the mansion, Victoria Mansion, Portland. $50. 772-4841, Ext. 10. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Empty Bowls Dinner, eat dinner using bowls donated by area potters; benefits the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity; Unity Centre for the Performing Arts. $10 /donation. unity.edu. 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1.

Gingerbread House Competition, benefits the Ronald McDonald House, Residence Inn by the Marriott, Portland. $25 per entry. 761-1660. Ongoing competition followed by gingerbread house auction on Dec. 1.

• CRAFT FAIRS

FRIDAY

Bethel’s Local Wares Fair, 40 crafters and local product producers, Bethel Inn Conference Center. 824-2282. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Home for the Holidays Craft Show, Scarborough High School. 883-1031. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Creative Economy Studio Show and Sale, work by local artists; benefits Brunswick Area Respite Care; Schwenk Studio, Freeport. catschwenk.com. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

SATURDAY

Lucid Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, work by local artists and craftspeople, Lucid Stage, Portland. lucidstage.com. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Animal Refuge League Annual Holiday Craft, Gift and Bake Sale, handmade crafts, knitted goods, jewelry, pet items, ornaments and more, American Legion Hall, Westbrook. 854-9771. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas in the Country Craft Fair, crafters from around New England, Bonny Eagle High School, Standish. 671-4002. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Neighborly Craft Fair, North Berwick Primary School. 676-9063. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holiday Artisan Fair, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, Gray. fiddleheadcenter.org. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spirit of the Holiday Fair, wide variety of handmade gifts, Nasson Community Center, Springvale. 324-3191. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Winter Holiday Show, handmade crafts, Blueberry Ridge Farm, Pownal. 688-4153. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

DEC. 1

“HANDMADE” and Craft Show, unique, high-quality handmade goods and artwork by more than 40 indie crafters and artists, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. waterfallarts.org. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

FRIDAY

Tree Lighting, entertainment by Rick Charette and The Bubble Gum Band and a visit by Santa Claus, Monument Square, Portland. Free. portlandmaine.com. 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Tree Lighting, at the gazebo with a community sing, Santa, horse and buggy rides, and hot chocolate, Brunswick Mall. Free. 729-4439. 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad’s “Polar Express” Train Rides, holiday-decorated train rides to “The North Pole,” Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. $25 to $40. porttix.com. Rides start at 2:45 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Through Dec. 23.

SATURDAY

Antique Paper Show, postcards, calendars and other paper collectibles, more than 40 exhibitors, Fireside Inn, Portland. $4. 828-8065. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Downeast Fiddler’s Jamboree and Ugly Sweater Contest, hosted by Old Grey Goose with Maisy Newell, Eric Dayan, and Max and Jeff Silverstein, Waldo Theater, Waldoboro. $15; $10 students and seniors. 832-6060. 7 p.m.

Victorian Christmas Open House and Cookie Walk, historical books, crafts and gifts for sale, period costumes and cookie sale, Phippsburg Historical Society Museum. 443-6309. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Met Opera: Live In HD, screening of Philip Glass’s “Satyagraha,” Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $23; $21 for seniors. atthelincoln.org. 12:55 p.m.

Christmas in Kennebunk, music, tree lighting and more, Downtown Plaza, Kennebunk. Free. visitthekennebunks.com. 4:30 p.m.

Downeast Holiday Revue, storyteller Van Reid and Celtic music by duo Castlebay, Winter Street Center, Bath. $12; $5 for children. 529-5438. 7 p.m.

Festival of Lights, historic inns tour, tree lighting, carriage rides and Santa, various locations, Rockland. therealmaine.com. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas at the Fort, paper cutting, caroling and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” Old Fort Western, Augusta. Free/donation. 626-2385. 2 to 4:30 p.m.

“Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England,” presented by Kenneth C. Turino, Brick Store Museum Program Center, Kennebunk, Free/donation. brickstoremuseum.org. 2 p.m.

Lighting of the Nubble, with cookies, hot chocolate, music, Santa and the big countdown to turn on the Christmas lights at the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, York Beach. Free. 363-1040. 3:30 to 7 p.m.

SUNDAY

Gorham Tree Lighting and Light Parade, bring non-perishable foods to the parade route along Main Street, Gorham. 222-1630. Parade at 4 p.m.; tree lighting at 4:30 p.m.

Fall in Love Wedding Showcase, with York wedding professionals, Union Bluff Meeting House, York Beach. Free; must pre-register. gatewaytomaine.org. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tree Lighting, with seasonal songs by the Gray-New Gloucester High School Chorus and History Barn open house, New Gloucester Town Hall. 926-3188. 4:30 p.m.

Chocolate Dinner, with chef Kate Schaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Natalie’s Restaurant at Camden Harbour Inn, Camden. $57; includes copy of “Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier.” 236-7008. 5 p.m.

TUESDAY

Port Veritas Spoken Word Night, all-night open mic, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. $3, $5. localsprouts.coop. 7 p.m.

Met Opera: Live In HD, screening of Philip Glass’s “Satyagraha,” Strand Theatre, Rockland. $23 to $27. rocklandstrand.com. 1 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Parade of Lights, downtown Lewiston. www.lewistonmaine.gov. 6 p.m.

DEC. 1

National Theatre in London, live broadcast of “Collaborators” (an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov), Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $15. 563-3424. 7 p.m.

National Theatre in London, live broadcast of “Collaborators” (an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov), Strand Theatre, Rockland. $23; $15 for students. rocklandstrand.com. Live at 2 p.m.; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

• FILMS

“Jumanji” (1995), Dyer Library, Saco. Free. dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org. 3 p.m. Friday.

“Tales of the Waria,” documents the lives of transpeople in Indonesia, Colby College (Pugh Center), Waterville. Free. 859-4250. 6 p.m. Tuesday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

FRIDAY

Martha White, granddaughter of E.B. White and author of “In the Words of E.B. White,” Owl & Turtle Bookstore, Camden. 236-4769. 5:30 p.m.

Curt Stager, author of “Climate Whiplash: What Happens AFTER Global Warming?”, Camden Public Library. librarycamden.org. 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Holiday Book Sale and Author Signing, 25 Maine authors, Portland Public Library. mainewriters.org. Noon to 3 p.m.

SATURDAY

Toni Buzzeo, author of “Lighthouse Christmas,” with Santa Claus, Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. Noon.

George C. Daughan, author of “1812: The Navy’s War,” Barnes and Noble, Augusta. 621-0038. 1 p.m.

Maine Women Write Book Club Launch, Damariscotta River Grill. mainecoastbookshop.com. Noon.

Kate Shaffer, author of “Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier,” Keys to the Kitchen, Kennebunk. 967-4904. Noon to 2 p.m.

SUNDAY

Kate Shaffer, author of “Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier,” Custom House Wharf, Portland. 780-0744. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Poetry Reading, by Louis Girlando, Edward Rielly and others, St. Joseph’s College (Xavier Hall), Standish. Free. 893-7723. 6 p.m.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Contra Dance, music by Soupbone and calling by Kathryn Larsen, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $7. mayostreetarts.org. 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Down East Friends of the Folk Arts FUN Raiser Contra Dance, caller Bill Olson with Rock the Boat and Kim Roberts calling with Frigate, Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth. $15. 491-0628. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.