• BENEFITS

Shop for a Cause Day, participating stores and galleries will donate a portion of their sales from Saturday to the Milestone Foundation’s HOME Team, Downtown Portland. portlandmaine.com. Saturday

Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale, to benefit Portland’s combined high schools girls and boys hockey teams, Deering High School. 874-8260. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sundays through Dec. 8.

• BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Karel Hayes, Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. Author of children’s picture book “The Christmas Visitors,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Peri Broadbent and Cheryl Johnson, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Portland. localsprouts.coop. Children’s book authors and illustrator, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Folk Dance Brunswick, world music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, northern Europe and around the globe, many dances taught, no partner needed, People Plus, Brunswick, $8, $5 students and seniors. 200-7577. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Salsa dancing with DJ Baulio, The Pearl, Portland, $5, 21-plus. 523-9600. Latin, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, bachata and Latin hits. Lessons included, 8 p.m. Dec. 5.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Winter Holiday Sale, Blueberry Ridge Farm, Pownal. 688-4153. Nature-inspired crafts including hand knits, stained glass, woodenware and much more, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Freedom Friday Fair, fundraiser for anti-human trafficking causes, Karma Fair Trade, Portland. 831-4531. Unique, handcrafted fair trade goods, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

7th annual Creative Economy Studio Show & Sale, Studio on the Hill, Freeport. 865-0605. Works by more than 40 Maine artists and craftspersons, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

34th annual Christmas in New England Arts & Craft Show, Augusta Civic Center. newenglandcraftfairs.com. Artwork and crafts by New England artisans, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Annual Craft Fair, American Legion Harry J. Conway Post 135, Sabattus. 375-4058. Handmade crafts and more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Craft Fair, Sunny Acre Farm, Falmouth. 781-2943. Handmade gifts from Maine artisans and crafters, decorated evergreens and more, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Holiday Craft Fair, Woodfords Club, Portland. 899-5356. More than 30 crafters, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Open House, Phippsburg Historical Society Museum. 443-6309. Cookie walk, spinning demonstration, traditional music by Jim Joseph, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Joy of Giving Holiday Gift Fair, On the Move Fitness and Wellness, South Portland. 799-0042. 16 crafters and vendors, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Georgetown Art Sale, Georgetown Historical Society. 371-9200. Paintings and prints, holiday cards, Shaker boxes, jewelry and pottery, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday. Through Dec. 14.

Giant Fundraising Sale, for the educational outreach program of the statewide Maine Farms Project, Shady Nook Farm, West Newfield. 793-2759. New and used books, unique art rubber stamps, framed photographs, second hand items, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Dec. 22.

Stone Mountain Arts Center Flea Market, Brownfield. stonemountainartscenter.com. Antiques, quirky knick-knacks and more, with live music, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Fair, Sea Road School, Kennebunk. 985-1105. More than 25 crafters, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5.

Maine Women in the Arts annual Prelude Fine Art & Crafts Show, Masonic Lodge, Kennebunkport. mainewomenarts.com. 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

Holiday Bazaar, Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, Brunswick. 373-6015. Holiday greens baskets, soaps, lotions, Christmas treasures and more, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5.

Art Sale, presented by Schoodic Arts for All, Old Town Office, Winter Harbor. schoodicartsforall.org. Fine arts and fine crafts by area artists, 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5.

• FILMS

“Hark! Cinema Angels” holiday film series, Patten Free Library, Bath. patten.lib.me.us. “Field of Dreams” (1989), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes,” MECA Illustrators Film Series, Space, Portland, $8. space538.org. Documentary about the influence of Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Fire in the Blood,” presented with the Frannie Peabody Center in recognition of World AIDS Day, Space, Portland, $8. space538.org. Documentary about pharmaceutical companies’ use of patent laws, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness Film Series, Rockland Public Library, free. 594-0310. “Schopenhauer on Love,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

“Rain in a Dry Land,” Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, free. portlandlibrary.com. Documentary by Anne Makepeace that chronicles Bantu families, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

• FOR CHILDREN

Polar Express, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Portland, $25-$40. porttix.com. Holiday train travels to the “North Pole,” with hot cocoa and cookies, stories and Santa, trains at 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Friday; and 2:45, 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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

Caring Claus Days, visits with Santa for children with sensory conditions, in front of JCPenney in the Maine Mall. Overhead music will be turned off in the mall and most stores will not have opened. maineautism.org. 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Monument Square, Portland. portlandmaine.com. With music from Rick Charette, 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The Holly and The Ivy Festival of Trees, tree-lighting and ribbon-cutting, Saco Museum, free. sacomuseum.org. Music and hot chocolate, 6 p.m. Friday.

Joy to the World: Christmas at Victoria Mansion, Portland, $15, $13.50 seniors, $7 college students, $5 for children ages 6 to 17, free for under 6. victoriamansion.org. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Dec. 5.

Family Friendly Hypnosis Show, funny and mysterious show with award-winning hypnotist Roderick Russell. Freeport Theater of Awesome, $17 advance, $20 door, $12 seniors and 12 and under. awesometheater.com. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, on the Mall in downtown Brunswick. brunswickdowntown .org. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Holiday Open House, Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Activities planned for kids and families, 2 to 6 p.m. Friday.

Antique Paper Show, Fireside Inn, Portland, $4. 749-1717. More than 40 exhibitors, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Open House, with children’s author Robin Chiarello, plein air painter Diane Scott and author and painter Tom Merriam, Harvest Gold Gallery, Center Lovell. harvestgold gallery.com. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

“Share the Wonder” holiday celebration, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. farnsworth museum.org. Carriage rides, cookie decorating, live music, show by Frogtown Puppeteers and more, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Tree Lighting, Raymond Village Library. 655-4283. With carolers from Raymond Elementary School and refreshments, 5 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Lighting, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, South Portland, free. 838-8672. 6 p.m. Monday.

Joy to the World: Annual Christmas Gala, Victoria Mansion, Portland, $50. victoria mansion.org. Chat with designers as you tour the house. With food, drinks and valet parking. 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Parade of Lights, downtown Lewiston. lewiston maine.gov. 6 p.m. Wednesday.