• BENEFITS

Festival of Trees, decorated trees and live entertainment; benefits Westbrook charities; Westbrook Warren Congregational Church. Most events are free. Schedule at westbrookfestivalof

trees.com. 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

“Art for Everyone: A Collection of Donated Art,” art from $5 to $100 on sale; benefits Goodwill’s job training and support services in northern New England; Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Portland. Free admission. goodwillnne.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Handcrafted Haitian Metal Art Sale, benefit for Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. Free admission. 347-6733. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas at Swan Hall, tour 1886 Victorian House with nine rooms and 16 Christmas trees; benefits Lyric Theater; Swan Hall, Portland. $5. 400-6085. 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Dec. 16.

Holiday Networking Extravaganza, hosted by WOW (Women Out Working); benefits Women, Work and Community; Peloton Labs, Portland. Free/donation. 899-4399. 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“A Feast for the Eyes,” silent auction, wine tasting, food pairings and music; benefits the Iris Network; Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport. $75. theiris.org. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• CRAFT FAIRS

THURSDAY

Handmade on Main, custom furniture, textiles, greeting cards, glass, T-shirts and fine art, Engine, Biddeford Arts. feedtheengine.org. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday to Dec. 13. Through Dec. 29.

Studio 53 Holiday Event, showcase of more than a dozen fine artists, artisans and craftpersons, Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 380-7554. Thursday to Dec. 16.

“Handmade” Art and Craft Sale, jewelry, altered and silkscreened clothing, soaps, home goods, art and more, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. waterfallarts.org. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Sunday and by appointment Tuesday and Wednesday. Through Dec. 23.

FRIDAY

Kittery Point Christmas Fair, wreaths, handmade children’s clothing, art, jewelry, baked goods and more, First Congregational Church, Kittery Point. kitterypointucc.org. 3 to 8 p.m.

“Sunsplash,” craft fair, Bowdoin College (David Saul Smith Union), Brunswick. 725-3375. 10 a.m.

Christmas Fair, live music, jams, jellies, candies, cookies and crafts, Williston-Immanuel United Church, Portland. 775-2301. 6 to 8 p.m.

Holiday Sale, gifts, crafts and fine art by MECA students, alumni, faculty and staff, Maine College of Art, Portland. meca.edu/holiday-sale. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Holly Jolly Craft Fair, First Parish Church Freeport. firstparishmarket.com. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Fourth Annual Alma Soul Holiday Sale, handcrafted items by local artists, Alma Soul, Portland. 939-1498. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

SATURDAY

Holiday Fair, crafts, baked goods, Christmas items and decorations, St. Paul’s Church, Portland. 828-2012. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christmas Fair, gifts, crafts, Christmas decorations, hand-knitted items and more, Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, Portland. 294-1050. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Designing Women Fine Art and Crafts Show, more than 20 female artists and craftwomen, Ocean Avenue School, Portland. designingwomen.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christkindlsmarkt, traditional European village market with live music, crafts, kids’ gift shop, German food and visit with Santa, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Scarborough. 756-9723. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

United Maine Craftsmen’s Christmas Magic Arts & Crafts Show, handmade items by Maine artisans, Westbrook Middle School. 621-2818. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Craft Fair, baked goods, handcrafted items, jewelry, pottery, jams and more, Highland Lake Grange, Westbrook. 854-2379. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Christmas Market at the Gardens, 30 Maine vendors with a variety of products, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. mainegardens.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas Fair, antiques, crystal, china, vintage linens, knitted goods, holiday gifts and more, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Falmouth. 781-3366. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Craft Fair, cookie walk, kids’ gift room and brunch, West Kennebunk United Methodist Church. 985-6632. 9 a.m. to noon.

Holiday Fair, crafts and homemade cookies, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Waterboro. 929-4669. 9 a.m. to noon.

Christmas Fair, cookie walk, crafts, attic treasures, Rada cutlery and more, East Otisfield Free Baptist Church, Otisfield. 627-7133. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Annual Christmas by the Sea Arts and Crafts Fair, art, birdhouses, jewelry, ornaments and more, Ogunquit Fire Station. 646-4947. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Winterwork,” holiday sale and open house with hand-stitched cards, felted toys and housewares, and more, Hope Spinnery, Hope. 763-4600. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fort Andross Artisans Holiday Craft Show and Sale, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, stained glass, furniture, metal work, books, baskets and more, Coleman Burke Gallery (Fort Andross), Brunswick. $2. cabotantiques.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

SUNDAY

Picnic Holiday Sale, juried indie craft fair, photos with Yeti and live DJs, Portland Company Complex. picnicportland.com. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stone Mountain Craft Fair and Open House, local artisans, crafters and Santa, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. stonemountainartscenter.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Studio Sale, artwork by Kyle Bryant, Erica Burkhart, InfiniTee Clothing, Derek Jackson and Jacob Pitcher; Zero Station Art, Design, Framing, Portland. 210-3416. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

THURSDAY

Christmas Prelude, holiday festival with candlelight caroling, tree lighting, arts and crafts shows, lobster bake and more, Kennbunkport. Various prices. Schedule at christmasprelude.com. Thursday to Sunday.

Northern Lights Celebration, wagon rides, musical light show, live music, theater and more, L.L. Bean Flagship Store, Freeport. Free. Schedule at llbean.com/llb/shop/512152. Daily through Dec. 31.

Winter Window Walk, stroll through downtown to enjoy festive window displays, downtown Portland. Free. portlandmaine.com. Daily through Dec. 16.

“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. Daily through Jan. 6.

Eighth Annual Festival of Trees, decorated trees and wreaths decorate the museum, Dyer Library and Saco Museum, Saco. Free. sacomuseum.org. Daily through Dec. 30.

FRIDAY

“Five Dollar First Friday,” visit the mansion for $5, Victoria Mansion, Portland. victoriamansion.org. 5 to 8 p.m.

“An Evening of Chocolate Tasting, Art and Music,” Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. aarhusgallery.com. Free. 5 to 7 p.m.

19th Annual Sparkle Weekend, live entertainment, horse and carriage rides, strolling carolers and more, L.L. Bean and downtown Freeport. Free. Schedule at FreeportUSA.com. Friday to Sunday; Sparkle Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. Friday on Main Street.

Model Railroad Celebration, featuring Great Falls Model Railroad Club, Maine State Museum, Augusta. Free. mainestatemuseum.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Trolley Rides, part of Christmas Prelude, Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport. $6. trolleymuseum.org. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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.

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 to Sunday. Through Dec. 23.

SATURDAY

The Polar Express on The Downeaster, hear a reading of “The Polar Express,” meet Santa and drink hot chocolate while riding a train; part of Sparkle Weekend; 23 Depot St., Freeport. Free; bring non-perishable food item or cash for donation. FreeportUSA.com. 2 to 4 p.m.

Photos with Santa, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland. $6, plus $9 museum admission. kitetails.org. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Falmouth Memorial Library Used Book Sale, Plummer-Motz School, Falmouth. Free admission. 781-2351. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holidays in the Heart of Portland, demonstrations, holiday sales, live music, raffles, art exhibitions, family activities and more, downtown Portland. Schedule at portlandmaine.com. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Reception and Tea Tasting, with Portland Museum of Art docent Kathleen Rummler and teapot artist Meryl Ruth, The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth. davinciexperiencegallery.com. 1 p.m.

Saco Spirit Holiday Fest, parade of lights, Santa, cookies, holiday sales and music, Main Street, Saco. Most events are free. sacospirit.com/holiday-festival.html. Noon to 7 p.m.; parade of lights at 6:30 p.m.

North Pole Express, train ride includes storytelling and a visit from Santa, Boothbay Railway Village. $10/donation. railwayvillage.org. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (every 30 minutes) Saturday. Through Dec. 22.

Holidays in Harpswell Open Studios, open studios along Route 123 with raffles, demonstrations and workshops, various Locations, Harpswell. Free. Map and schedule at harpswellartandcraftguild.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Ogunquit Christmas By the Sea, holiday festival with Santa, family scavenger hunt, wine tastings, Christmas caroling, concerts and more; various locations, Ogunquit. Most events are free. Schedule at visitogunquit.org. Saturday and Sunday.

SUNDAY

Christmas at Norlands, 19th-century parlor games, mansion tours, craft activities and more, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore. $8; $6 for children under 12; $25 per family. 897-4366. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bath Antiques Show, 40 dealers of fine antiques and collectibles, Bath Middle School. $4. bathantiquesshows.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

28th Annual Christmas Parade, with “Santa’s Workshop” theme, Wells. Free. Route map at southernmaineparade.com. 2 p.m.

TUESDAY

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series, multi-course meal prepared by chef Shannon Bard of Zapoteca, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. $90. mainegardens.org. 6 p.m.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, Second Tuesday Poetry Slam with McKendy Fils-Aime, 18-plus; Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $3. 773-7210. 7 p.m.

• FILMS

“Arranged” (2007), drama about the friendship between an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim woman, both first-year teachers in Brooklyn; post-film discussion by Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising; Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Led Zeppelin: “Celebration” (2012), HD concert film chronicles 2007 reunion at London’s O2 Arena, Westbrook Performing Arts Center. $10; $5 for students. westbrookpac.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“Santa Buddies” (2009), children’s holiday movie, York Public Library. Free. www.york.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

“King of Hearts” (1966), French dramedy set during World War I, Dunaway Center, Ogunquit. Free. ogunquitperformingarts.org/arts. 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Parting Glances” (1986), part of “Normative Narratives: A Film Series About the Portrayal of Gay Men in Cinema,” Space Gallery, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“The Invisible War” (2012), award-winning documentary on sexual assault in the military, Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, University Southern Maine, Portland. Free. 780-4563. Noon Wednesday.

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

THURSDAY

Painter Marguerite Robichaux and Author Elizabeth Peavey, illustrator and author of “Glorious Slow Going,” Maine Historical Society, Portland. mainehistory.org. 7 p.m.

Stephanie Tourles, author of “Hands-On Healing Remedies,” Bookstacks, Bucksport. 469-8992. 6 p.m.

FRIDAY

Eva Murray, author of “Island Schoolhouse: One Room for All,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. 11 a.m.

SATURDAY

Josh Pahigian, author of “Strangers on the Beach,” Nonesuch Books and Cards, Biddeford. 282-2638. 11 a.m.

Susan Poulin, author of “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ The Good Life,” Ecopelagicon, Rangeley. 864-2771. 2 p.m.

Dorothy Radigan and Judith Durant, authors of “Knitting Know-How,” Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blue Butterfield, “A Year in Maine” calendar artist, Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. 1 to 3 p.m.

Jeff and Allison Wells, authors of “Maine’s Favorite Birds,” Pineland Farms Welcome Center, New Gloucester. 688-4800. 1 p.m.

Susan Paradis, author and Illustrator of “Snow Princess,” Sharpe Gallery, Kennebunk. thesharpegallery.com. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Josh Pahigian, author of “Strangers on the Beach,” Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. Noon to 2 p.m.

Rebecca Rule, author of “The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!”, Poofberry’s Toys, Kennebunk. 967-0400. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jason Anthony, author of “Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day and Other Stories of the Antarctic Cuisine,” Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick. 729-5083. 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Paul Doiron, author of “Bad Little Falls,” Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Noon to 1 p.m.

• PRO SPORTS

Maine Red Claws, NBA Development League affiliate of the Celtics, Portland Exposition Building. $6 to $30. www.nba.com/dleague/maine. Vs. Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. Saturday; Vs. Canton, 5 p.m. Sunday.

Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $15 to $20. portlandpirates.com. Vs. Bridgeport, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Port City Swing Dance, music by The Blue Willow Band, Woodfords Club, Portland. $10. portcityswing.com. Lessons at 8 p.m.; dance at 9 p.m. Friday.

Contra Dance, music by Wild Asparagus and calling by George Marshall, Wescustogo Grange Hall, North Yarmouth. $10; $7 for seniors and students; $3 for family dance; $12 per family. 233-4325. 6 p.m. family dance; 7 p.m. potluck; 7:30 p.m. beginner’s session; 8 p.m. dance Saturday.