• CRAFT FAIRS
40th Annual Christmas in the Country Craft Fair, Bonny Eagle High School, Standish. 653-9247. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Home for the Holidays Craft Show, Scarborough High School. 883-1031. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Winter Holiday Show, handmade crafts, Blueberry Ridge Farm, Pownal. 688-4153. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
Holiday Artisan Fair, handmade gifts by local artisans, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, Gray. fiddleheadcenter.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Sixth Annual Creative Economy Studio Show and Sale, unique work by more than 30 Maine artists, Studio on the Hill, Freeport. 865-0605. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
Neighborly Craft Fair, North Berwick Primary School. 676-9063. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas in the Village of Casco, wreaths, music, food and shopping, Casco Village Church. 627-4282. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
4Crafts in the Stacks, local crafters and artisans plus live music, Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library. handmade.blogspot.com, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
• SPECIAL EVENTS
Northern Lights Celebration, wagon rides, musical light show, live music, theater and more, L.L. Bean Flagship Store, Freeport. Schedule at llbean.com/llb/shop/512152. Daily through Dec. 31.
Christmas Tree Lighting, with Santa Claus and children’s music by Rick Charette, Monument Square, Portland. Free. portlandmaine.com. 5:30 p.m.
Horse and Wagon Rides, Monument Square, Portland. Free. 772-6828. Every half-hour from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 23.
Winter Window Walk, stroll through downtown to enjoy festive window displays, downtown Portland. Free. portlandmaine.com. Friday to Dec. 16.
Tree Lighting Festival on The Mall, community sing, visits from Santa and Frosty, cookies and hot chocolate, Maine Street, Brunswick. Free. 729-4439. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Eighth Annual Festival of Trees, gala kick-off party with three lighting, hot chocolate and holiday music, Dyer Library and Saco Museum, Saco. Free. sacomuseum.org. 5 p.m. Festival runs through Dec. 30.
FEZtival of Trees, decorated trees, food court, entertainment, craft fair and pictures with Santa, Kora Shrine Temple, Lewiston. $2; free for children under age 12. Schedule at korashriners.org. Various times Friday and Saturday.
The Polar Express, ride a replica of the famous train while meeting Santa, drinking hot chocolate, eating cookies and caroling, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland. $20 to $40. Schedule at porttix.com. Various times Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 23.
“Christmas at Victoria Mansion: The Gilded Age,” self-guided tours, Victoria Mansion, Portland. $15; $13.50 for seniors; $5 for students; free for children under age 5. victoriamansion.org. Friday to Nov. 29. Through Jan. 6.
Turkey 5K Run, start at Robie Park on Ball Park Road, Gorham. $18; free for runners ages 65 and older. gorhamrec.com. 9 a.m.
Victorian Christmas Open House and Cookie Walk, historic books and crafts plus weaving and spinning demonstrations, Phippsburg Historical Society Museum. 443-6309. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Hansel and Gretel” Puppet Show, presented by Paper Bull Puppets and VOX Maine, Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 1 p.m.
Christmas at the Fort, reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” paper cutting, Christmas caroling and hot chocolate, Old Fort Western, Augusta. Free. 626-2385. 2 to 4:30 p.m.
“Share the Wonder” Holiday Celebration, carriage rides, cookie decorating, live music, show by Frogtown Puppeteers and more, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. farnsworthmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Annual Lighting of the Nubble, holiday lighthouse lighting with Christmas carols, hot chocolate, cookies and more; complimentary shuttle service from Ellis Park in Short Sands Beach from 3:30 to 7 p.m.; York Beach. 5 to 7 p.m.
Christmas in Kennebunk Tree Lighting, caroling by the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir, downtown plaza, Kennebunk. kennebunkdowntown.com. Free. 5 p.m.
Gorham Light Parade and Tree Lighting, bring non-perishable food items to donate, South Street to Robie Park, Gorham. Free. 222-1630. 4 p.m.
Art on the Hill Open Studios, Wentworth Dennett Studios, Kittery. wentworthdennettstudios.com. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tree Lighting, with seasonal songs by the Gray-New Gloucester High School Chorus and History Barn Open House, New Gloucester Town Hall. Free. 926-3188. 4:30 p.m.
Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, Women of the World Poetry Slam, 18-plus; Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $3. 773-7210. 7:30 p.m.
Christmas Prelude, holiday festival with candlelight caroling, tree lighting, arts and crafts shows, pancake breakfast, lobster bake, arrival of Santa by lobster boat and more, Kennbunkport. Various prices. Schedule at christmasprelude.com. Nov. 29 to Dec. 9.
“Derby Baby” (2011), women’s roller derby documentary, Space Gallery, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Global Lens International Film Series, “Qarantina” (2010, Iraq), Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. Free. bates.edu/museum. 7:30 p.m. Monday.
“How to Survive the Plague” (2012), award-winning documentary chronicles the efforts of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and TAG (Treatment Action Group); benefit for the Frannie Peabody Center; University of New England (Alfond Center), Biddeford. Donation. surviveaplague.com. 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Don Carrigan, author of “Togus: A Maine Coon Cat,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. Noon to 2 p.m. Friday.
Cartoonist Jeff Pert, author of “Cartoons from Maine,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. Noon to 2 p.m. Friday.
Dana Heacock, “Abacus” calendar artist, Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
Paul Doiron, author of “Trespasser,” Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.
Susan Poulin, author of “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life,” Kittery Trading Post. 888-587-6246. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
John McDonald, author of “John McDonald’s Maine Trivia,” Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tom Dowd, author of “The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas,” Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Bill Diamond, author of “The Evil and the Innocent,” Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Wednesday.
Thomas Gaffney, author of “A Prophecy of Love,” Bookstacks, Bucksport. 469-8992. 6 p.m. Nov. 29.
• PRO SPORTS
Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $15 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Springfield, 7 p.m. Friday; vs. Worcester, 7 p.m. Sunday.
• PARTICIPANT DANCE
Portland Deering Alumni Dance, with The Jen Thayer Band, cash bar, raffles and light snacks, 21-plus; Italian Heritage Center, Portland. $15; must purchase tickets in advance. 807-8490. 8 p.m. to midnight Friday.
Down East Friends of the Folk Arts Contradance, music by Scrod Pudding and Sassafras Stomp, calling by Chrissy Fowler, Wescustogo Grange Hall, North Yarmouth. $15; $25 per family; $5 for children under 12. 685-8141. 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.