• BENEFITS

Brunswick Downtown Association’s annual silent auction fundraiser, Curtis Memorial Library, $5. brunswickdowntown.org. Irish music by Tamara Goltz and David Stimson, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center’s Auction for the Animals, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, items will include travel, art, entertainment and gift certificates for everything from gourmet meals to spa services. Handmade holiday cookies and Christmas stockings also will be sold. High Mountain Hall, Camden. pawsadoption.org. Preview at 6 p.m., live auction at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Art for Everyone: A Collection of Donated Art, more than 200 pieces of artwork donated to Goodwill stores, including oils, watercolors, drawings, mixed media and prints, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland. goodwillnne.org. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

USM School of Music 23rd annual Scholarship Gala, A Venetian Season of Light, live performances by acclaimed student ensembles, festive holiday banquet with tableside serenading, live and silent auctions, raffle drawing and centerpiece concert, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, $90-$150. usmmusicgala.org. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.

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 Sunday.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, Freeport High School. freeportjbr.kintera.org. Registration at 9 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Sunday.

• BOOKS AND AUTHORS

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

Colin Woodard, author of “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America,” York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Artist Dahlov Ipcar, Georgetown Historical Society. 371-9200. Signing copies of the restored and re-issued 1957 book “Animal Hide and Seek,” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Dorothy T. Ratigan, Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. Author of “Knitting Know How,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Kate Nevius, Sherman’s Books and Stationery, Freeport. 869-9000. Author of children’s book “Penguina’s Bedtime Story,” 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

“Summer Stories,” writers Claire Guyton and Anna Noyes will be reading, joined by illustrator Leslie Anderson, Camden Public Library. 236-3440. Book with 10 stories by Maine writers and artwork by Anderson, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Lincoln Paine, Maine Historical Society, Portland, admission by donation. mainehistory.org. Author of “The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

Norbert Nathanson, Camden Public Library. 236-3440. Author of “A Secretly Disabled Man: a Memoir,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Salsa Dancing with DJ Baulio, The Pearl, Portland, $5, 21-plus. 523-9600. Latin, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, bachata and Latin hits. Dance lessons included, 8 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 12.

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

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.

Greater Portland Community Contra Dance Series, Falmouth Congregational Church, $10; under 21 $7; children 5-12 $5; under 5 free. 358-9354. Live music with Don Roy Quarter, caller Bill Olson. Lessons 7:15 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Family Contra Dance and Winter Spiral, Belfast Dance Studio, $4, $2 children. 408-903-3710. Live music by John Pranio and Toki Oshima and caller Chrissy Fowler, 3 p.m. Sunday.

Wednesday Night Stomp Swing Dance, Acoustic Artisans, Portland, $5-$10 suggested donation. portlandswingproject.com. Lesson at 7 p.m., dance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

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

Maine Women in the Arts annual Prelude Fine Art & Crafts Show, Masonic Lodge, Kennebunkport. mainewomenarts.com. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Schoodic Arts for All, sale of fine arts and crafts by area artists, Old Town Office, Winter Harbor. schoodicartsforall.org. 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

SEA Holiday Sale, East End Community School, Portland. SEAportland.org. More than 80 artists. Blown glass, jewelry, journals, paintings, textiles, pottery and much more, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas Fair, North Pownal United Methodist Church. 688-4938. Baked goods, handmade crafts, white elephant and more, 3 to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Holiday Book Sale, York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

MECA Holiday Sale, handmade arts and crafts by students and alumni, Maine College of Art, Porteous Building, Portland. www.meca.edu. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, original art work by Jessie LeVasseur, jams, jellies, candies, cookies and crafts, Williston-Immanuel United Church, Portland. www.williston-immanuel-united. With music by Falmouth Foreside Clarinet Quartet, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Community Animal Watch Christmas Fair, Biddeford-Saco Elks Lodge, Saco. 934-1677. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Tea and Craft Fair, Dobra Tea, Portland. dobrateame.com. Works by local artists and crafters, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Open House and Sale, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. maine fiberarts.org. Quilting demos, fiber technique demos, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Harpswell Art & Craft Guild annual “Holidays in Harpswell,” harpswellartandcraftguild.com. Open art studies along routes 123 and 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Holly Jolly Craft Fair, First Parish Church Freeport. 865-3573. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Craft Fair, West Scarborough United Methodist Church. 883-2814. Crafts, wreaths, grandma’s attic, gift baskets, bake sale and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A Victorian Christmas Fair, Peoples United Methodist Church, South Portland. 799-1413. Jewelry, knits, crafts, baked goods, books, candy and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, Blue Point Congregational Church, Scarborough. 883-6540. Local crafts, baked goods, wreaths, grandma’s attic and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, First Parish Congregational Church, Gorham. 839-2809. Crafts, toys, greens, baked goods, silent auction, Santa and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

Gingerbread House Festival, York Public Library. www.york.lib.me.us. Saturday.

42nd annual Christmas Craft Fair and Cafe, West Bath School. 443-9145. Local handmade crafts, baked goods and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sons of Norway Maine Nordmenn Julefest, Knights of Columbus Hall, Brunswick, $10, 15 and under free. 215-6186. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Craft Fair, Poinsettia & Wreath Sale, Morrison Center, Scarborough. 883-6680. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Fair, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. 797-7240. Handmade crafts, wreaths, jams, breads and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Cheer Fair, Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco and Biddeford, Saco. 282-0062. Jewelry, grannie’s attic, collectibles, crafts, plants and more, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Artisans at the Log Cabin, Yarmouth. picnic colors.com. Handmade crafts including handbags, jewelry, pillows, artwork and much more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

United Maine Craftsmen’s 36th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, USM Sullivan Gym, Portland. 621-2818. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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

Bradbury Mountain Arts 15th annual Holiday Show and Sale, Mallett Hall, Pownal. 688-3320. Fine arts and crafts including paintings, prints, photography and ceramics, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

North Yarmouth Academy Parents’ Association annual Holiday Craft Fair, North Yarmouth Academy, Yarmouth. 847-5423. Artwork, photography, jewelry, candles, soap and much more, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Casco Bay Art League Holiday Show and Sale, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, Harpswell. 725-6084. Oils, watercolors, pastels and stationery, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Christmas Crafts Show, University of Maine, Farmington, Olsen Student Center. 778-2791. Sponsored by the Franklin County Arts and Crafts Association, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

23nd annual Christmas Fair, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth. 781-3805. Wreaths, handcrafts, attic treasures, baked goods and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Yuletide Fair and Lobster Roll Luncheon, First Congregational Church, Scarborough. 650-4514. Knits, baked goods, cookie walk, crafts, silent auction, jewelry and more, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Shaker Christmas Fair, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. 926-4597. Shaker baked goods, culinary herbs, toys, ornaments, knit goods, much more, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

77th annual Christmas Fair, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick. stpaulsmaine.org. Antiques, handmade items, jewelry, fine art, knits, wreaths and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

Old Fashioned Christmas Fair, Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland. 828-1090. Art, antiques, candy, cakes, greens, jewelry, ornaments and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas with Alpacas, presented by PacaNaturals, Estabrook’s Farm and Greenhouse, Yarmouth. pacanaturals.com. Alpaca-wear and yarn, meet the animals, beverages and baked goods, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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.

Shop ’til You Drop and Pancake Breakfast, proceeds go to local charities, Chaps Saloon, Buxton. 929-4290. Pancake breakfast and several vendors, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Annual Cookie Fair, Cressey Road United Methodist Church, Gorham. 839-3111. Homemade cookies, candy and fudge, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Giant Fundraising Sale, benefit for the educational outreach program of the 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.

Holiday Fair, United Methodist Church, Cape Elizabeth. 883-5344. Baked goods, candy, knitted items, wreaths and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Winter Craft and Vendor Fair, Portland High School. portlandschools.org. Crafts, home products, food, raffles and kids’ activities, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Fair, St. Paul’s Church, Portland. 828-2012. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

“Just An Old Fashioned Fair,” St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, Portland. saintansgar.org. Gifts from Scandanavia, homemade items, pies and more, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Merryspring Holiday Bazaar, decorated balsam wreaths, unique birch bark wreaths, evergreen swags, miniature boxwood trees, centerpieces and much more, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. merryspring.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Le Petit Noel Christmas Fair, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rockland. 594-8191. Holiday items for decorating, giving and eating, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Friends of Bonney Memorial Library Annual Cookie Fest, Bonney Memorial Library, Cornish. 625-8083. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Fair, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Falmouth. 781-3366. Jewelry, antiques, cookie walk, wreaths, candy, attic treasures and much more, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Winter Book Sale, Falmouth Memorial Library. www.falmouth.lib.me.us. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Annual Bake and Gift Basket Sale, Raymond Village Library. 655-4283. Pastries, Christmas cookies, pies, breads and holiday gift baskets, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Festival, Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield. stonemountainartscenter.com. With live music by The Tricky Britches, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

• FILMS

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

“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. Thursday.

“Hark! Cinema Angels” holiday film series, Patten Free Library, Bath. patten.lib.me.us. “A Matter of Life and Death” (“Stairway to Heaven”) (1946), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Project Aware presents “A Shoestring for Mackenzie,” One Longfellow Square, Portland, $10. 282-5598. Short, powerful message about the healthy passions of youth, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“The Punk Singer,” Space, Portland, $8. space538.org. Documentary about Kathleen Hanna from the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show,” benefit for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, $10 advance, $15 door. goodwillnne.org/armory. The film features more than 60 works by American and European painters and sculptors, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• 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; 2:45, 4, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“The Hard Nut,” presented by The Strand and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Set in a dark American suburb in the 1960s, Barbie dolls, go-go boots, G.I. Joe soldiers and a gender-bending cast contribute to the campy thrill. Filmed live in Brussels in 1991, with accompaniment by the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Strand Theatre, Rockland, free. rocklandstrand.com. 8 p.m. Friday.

Breakfast With Santa, Wilhelm Reich Museum, Rangeley, $5. 864-3443. Pancakes and sausages with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Holiday Festival for Children, St. Dominic Academy, Auburn, advocatesforchildren.net. $5-$7 advance, $6-$9 door. Rick Charette, bounce house, crafts for kids and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Children’s Holiday Activities, Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, free. 324-2797. Old-fashioned games, “history hunt” and refreshments, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Night Tree,” inspired by Eve Bunting’s book, story is read and then pinecones are decorated with birdseed, popcorn, dried fruit and cranberries followed by a short hike to the trails to leave the pinecone treats for animals, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, $5. wolfesneckfarm.org. For ages 2 and older, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (one hour sessions) Saturday.

An Afternoon with Santa, donations accepted for Catherine’s Cupboard Food Pantry in lieu of entrance fee, Saint Joseph’s College, Standish. sjcme.edu. Horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts and cookie making, visit with Santa, tree lighting, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Storytime with Santa, Topsham Public Library. topshamlibrary.org. Special storytime with Miss Mariah, meet Santa and have a tasty holiday treat, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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) Dec. 12.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

“Joy to the World” Christmas at Victoria Mansion, Portland, victoriamansion.org. $15, $13.50 seniors, $7 college students, $5 for children ages 6 to 17, free for under 6. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Dec. 12.

Royal Shakespeare Company: “Live from Stratford-upon-Avon,” Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, atthelincoln.org. $15, $5 for 18 and under. Live cinema broadcast from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company, 7 p.m. Thursday.

Christmas Prelude, rides on heated streetcars with stories read aloud, afternoon Christmas karaoke on Saturdays and Sundays, Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, $6. trolleymuseum.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Dec. 15.

Model Railroad Celebration, Maine State Museum, Augusta, free. mainestatemuseum.org. Collections from the Maine 3-Railers and Great Falls Model Railroad Club, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Circus Conservatory of America presents “Circus in the Streets,” intersection of Congress and Park streets, Portland. portlandmaine.com/highlights/firstfriday. Acrobat artists The Red Trouser Show and local performers and students, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Portland Ballet, excerpts from “The Victorian Nutcracker,” Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Performed in the library atrium with viewing from Monument Square, 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Downtown Holiday Festival, Biddeford. heartof biddeford.org. Ice-carving show, tree lighting, storytellers, musicians and more, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Evening of Chocolate Tasting, Art and Music, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast. aarhusgallery.com. Sweets, music from Tom Luther, artwork, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Holiday Reception, tea tastings with tea expert Marianne Russo of Nellie’s Tea Co., The DaVinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth. davinciexperience.com. Artists Leslie Newell and Mary Weston share “Bringing Nature Inside for the Holidays,” 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.

The Boothbay Region Garden Club’s Festival of Trees, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. boothbayopera house.com. Holiday goods for sale and trees auctioned off, Friday to Sunday.

28th annual Harbor Lights Festival, Boothbay Harbor, various locations. boothbayharbor.com. Friday to Sunday.

Rockland Kiwanis Jingle Bell Express Train Rides, Maine Eastern Railroad, Rockland, $19, free for under 2. maineeasternrailroad.com. With Santa and Mrs. Claus, visit to the North Pole, cookies and cocoa, 5 and 6:30 p.m. Friday; 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

An Evening with Carolyn Currie, University of Southern Maine Southworth Planetarium, Portland, $8, $6 kids. usm.maine.edu/planet. Ethereal music combined with celestial images projected against star-adorned firmament. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Breakfast with Santa, Topsham Fairgrounds, $3 advance, $5 day of. 725-9875. Meet Santa, have breakfast and get a coloring book, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Santa Day, Skolfield Whittier House, Brunswick, free. 729-6606. Visit with Santa, music by Bowdoin College’s Miscellania, refreshments, holiday shopping and more, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Holiday Open House, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth, free. www.317maine.org. Refreshments, cookie decorating, tours and music, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Lewiston Youth Advisory Council presents Community Share, Show & Tell, with cultural holiday refreshment samples, The DownStage at L/A Arts, Lewiston. lewistonmaine.gov. Share about December holidays across many cultures, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Very Merry Main Street, Main Street Lisbon. 751-2417. Horse-drawn carriage rides, musical performances, visits with Santa, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas at Swan Hall, proceeds benefit the Lyric Theater and Portland Players, Swan Hall, Portland, $5, suggested donation. 400-6085. 1886 house decorated with 16 Christmas trees, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday; 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Dec. 15.

13th annual Festival of Trees, Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church, Westbrook. westbrookfestivaloftrees.com. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday to Dec. 12.

“Celebrate the Season by the Sea,” Old Orchard Beach. 934-2500. Santa and Mrs. Claus, parade, musical performances, hay rides, treats and more, 1 p.m. Sunday.

Sit with Santa, for dogs and their companions, proceeds benefit the Planet Dog Foundation, Planet Dog Company Store, Portland, $10. planetdog.com. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Night of the Nutcracker with the Portland Ballet, members of Portland Ballet perform scenes from “The Victorian Nutcracker” in the Stair Hall. Victoria Mansion, Portland, $15, $13.50 seniors, two children admitted free with each paying adult, additional children $5. victoriamansion.org. Admissions at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Jonathan Sarty and the Cold River Radio Band, classic American jazz album release show, Fryeburg Academy, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, $15. fryeburgacademy.org/pac. 7 p.m. Sunday.

An 1870s Christmas at Norlands, $25 for family (2 adults and 2-3 children), Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore, $8, $6 for 12 and under. norlands.org. Interactive Christmas celebration with wagon rides, period crafts, story-telling and more, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Bath Antiques Show, Bath Middle School, $4. 443-8983. bathantiquesshows.com. 50 dealers of fine antiques and collectibles, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, poetry and spoken word, Bull Feeney’s, Portland, $3-$5, 18-plus. 450-1815. Featuring Erin Kirsh, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Maine Organization of Storyteller Enthusiasts presents an evening of storytelling, featuring The Rudder Family Holiday Planner, a Peaks Island puppet production with David Handwerker and Stephanie Eliot, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, $5 suggested donation. moosetellers.ning.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Merry Madness, downtown Portland, portland maine.com. Horse and wagon rides, participating stores open until 10 p.m. 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 12.