DESCENZA DIAMOND DROP. Event to benefit Project Smile, Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 to 9 p.m., 161 Andover St., Peabody. DeScenza Diamonds and the Smiling Stiletto Club will host the fundraiser, which includes complimentary refreshments and holiday shopping discounts. Attendees are encouraged to wear fancy shoes and walk the pink carpet for a chance to win a prize. One guest will win a diamond pendant with a $7,000 retail value. Ten percent of profits from the sales will be donated to Project Smile, a nonprofit organization that helps children through traumatic events. 978-977-0090 or www.descenza.com/locations/peabody.
“PAWS WITH CLAWS.” Pets can get their photos taken with “Santa Claws” on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Danvers PetSmart, 104 Andover St. Photos with Santa support homeless animals. Pet parents receive one 4- by 6-inch photograph in a holiday collector frame for $9.95 with savings card. For every photo package, PetSmart will donate $5 to PAWS Wakefield. 781-246-6111, PAWSwakefield@yahoo.com or www.pawswakefield.rescuegroups.org.
FOURTH ANNUAL PARADE OF TREES. On view through Saturday, Dec. 1, Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Event features a raffle of fully decorated faux trees and wreaths. Creations will be raffled off at the conclusion of the event, and all proceeds will be shared by Danvers Historical Society and It’s My Heart, both locally based nonprofit organizations. Viewing hours are noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. The trees will be raffled off at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. www.paradeoftrees.com.
“PARTY WITH A PURPOSE.” Danvers Community Council’s annual fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 2, 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the Danvers Community YMCA, 34 Pickering St. The DCC provides assistance to less fortunate families. Event raises money for the Holiday Gift Giving Program and heat and other necessities needed in the coming winter months. Attendees ages 21 and older are welcome to attend. Guests are asked to bring a monetary gift and box of cereal as admission to the party. The cocktail reception will include entertainment by John Archer. 978-774-4682.
“NO PLACE LIKE HOME” DINNER & AUCTION. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. North Shore Community Development Coalition’s eighth annual event includes a live and silent auction, a special guest speaker, a plated dinner, festive cocktails, music by the Daniel Bennett Jazz Band, and the 2012 Pillars of the Community Awards. Single tickets cost $75; $600 for a table of eight. 978-825-4016 or www.northshorecdc.org.
GIVING GARDEN. Five trees, each dedicated to a local charity organization, in the Best Buy wing at the Liberty Tree Mall, 100 Independence Way, Danvers, during mall hours through Thursday, Dec. 27. Each tree contains ornaments of wishes specific to each charity/organization. Shoppers can purchase the item listed on the ornament, and it will be distributed to the appropriate charity/organization. 978-777-0795.
COMMUNITY CAROL SING. Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. A 30-minute singalong led by Brian Doser, Peter Stewart and Joe Scuderi. Cookies, cocoa, and the traditional caroling and lighting ceremony at the gazebo and People’s United tree. Free. http://communityhouse.org.
CHRISTMAS IN SALEM. The 33rd anniversary of Christmas in Salem on Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, featuring holiday house tours of eight private homes and cottages dating from the Victorian era into the early 20th century, wine tastings, holiday tea, concerts, discounts at various locations, a talk on the Salem Willows neighborhood, shopping, and complimentary trolley rides. The Preview Candlelight Tour will be held Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for advance ticket holders only, and features three homes by the sea. All sites will be open for tours on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also, a holiday concert at The House of the Seven Gables will be held Saturday, and tickets cost $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit both Historic Salem Inc. and The House of the Seven Gables. Advance tickets cost $25 each for Historic Salem members and $30 each for the general public. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.ChristmasinSalem.org or 978-745-0799. Tickets for house tours can be purchased at Bentley School, 125 Memorial Drive, Salem, on Dec. 1 and 2 for $35 each.
TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION. Friday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., National Grand Bank parking lot, across from 91 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Part of Marblehead Christmas Walk. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. www.marbleheadchamber.org or www.visitmarblehead.com.
WEST BOXFORD WINTER FESTIVAL. Saturday, Dec. 1, throughout the day with most events beginning at 9 a.m., West Boxford Center. Several locations in West Boxford will come alive with holiday cheer. Festival includes free horse-drawn carriage rides, ice cream treats at Benson’s, story hour by Mother Goose, Letters to Santa at the library, exhibit at the Document Center, Jaws of Life demonstration by Fire Department, caroling, Community Giving Tree open house to assemble gift packages for kids in need, marketplace at Second Church, holiday shopping, face-painting and more. Pictures with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. at Second Church; pets can pose with Santa at the Boxford Animal Hospital. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANTA’S LANDING AND PARADE. Saturday, Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m., State Street Landing, Marblehead. Santa Claus will travel by lobster boat to State Street Landing. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. The Christmas Walk Parade departs State Street Landing at 11:45 a.m. and proceeds to Washington Street, Atlantic Avenue and Pleasant Street. Events are part of the Marblehead Christmas Walk. www.marbleheadchamber.org or www.visitmarblehead.com.
CANDY CANE VIEWING. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m., Putnam Pantry Candies, Route 1, Danvers. Watch homemade candy canes being made. Viewing includes candy cane samples, hot cider and chocolate. 978-777-1336.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 to 4 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Free jazz music, holiday singing, crafts for kids, complimentary refreshments, snacks, cider and hot chocolate. Sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. www.danverslibrary.org.
ALL-AGES WREATH DECORATING. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Barnet Gallery, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Library will provide decorating materials and light refreshments. Participants should bring wreaths and creativity. Library staff will be available for assistance. Holiday craft activity available for children. Also, a limited number of wreaths will be available for purchase through local Boy Scout Troop No. 2 on the day of the program; wreaths cost $10 and may be purchased using cash or local checks. Registration is required. 978-921-6062. Free.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND CAROL SING. Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Meeting House at Topsfield Common, corner of Main and Washington streets. The Congregational Church of Topsfield will host, featuring guest conductor Richard Webster of Trinity Church Copley Square, the CCoT Chancel Choir, The Beacon Brass and accompaniment by organist Bart Dahlstrom. Free.
CARING SANTA. Sunday, Dec. 2, 9 to 11 a.m., Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Dedicated to families that have children with special needs and provides a subdued environment to visit The Santa Photo Express. Participants encouraged to register at www.AbilityPath.org.
LATKEPALOOZA. Sunday, Dec. 2, noon to 3 p.m., Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Community Hanukkah celebration for residents of all ages. Free. Activities include latke tastings, menorah/dreidel collection display, lectures and programs for adults by area rabbis, workshops and activities for children such as an olive oil press and make-your-own Maccabee family shield, entertainment by Sababa and Temple Beth Shalom’s Ruach Band, Israeli dancing, shopping boutique featuring various vendors, and kosher lunch and snacks available for purchase. email@example.com.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 to 4 p.m., Endicott College, Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Features performances by The Manchester Singers, Endicott College Modern Band Project, Chamber Ensemble and the Dance Team, and the Endicott Singers. Refreshments served. Santa will visit around 2 p.m. Free. Reservations are required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-232-2012.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING & HOLIDAY PARTY. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 to 5 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St., Beverly Farms. Activities for children include seasonal crafts, letters to Santa and pictures with Santa. Tractor-drawn hayride and holiday refreshments for all ages. Christmas Boutique features unique holiday gifts. Tree will be illuminated all holiday season. Sponsored by the Farms-Prides Community Association. Free/FPCA members, $5/nonmembers.
HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE. Sunday, Dec. 2, 4:15 p.m., Puritan Lawn Memorial Park’s Veteran’s Circle on the park’s main boulevard, Peabody. For families to celebrate the season and pay respects to the memory of their loved ones regardless of where they’re buried. Nondenominational service includes various readings by members of the public and music by the Masconomet High School Chorale. Visitors are invited to hang ornaments on the 50-foot Christmas tree. Free. Candles provided. 978-535-3660 or www.puritanlawn.com.
HOLIDAY PARTY. Sunday, Dec. 2, 6 to 8 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. For museum members and guests. Includes appetizers, drinks and a festive holiday atmosphere. $40/person in advance, $45/person at the door. Fundraiser for museum. 978-356-2811.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m., Peabody Institute Library South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. For children of all ages. Seating is limited. Registration required at the library or 978-531-3380.
TREE OF LIGHTS CEREMONY. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m., People’s United Bank, 1 Conant St., Danvers. Members of the community are invited to sponsor a light in memory or in honor of a loved one with a donation to support the mission of Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception inside the bank, where guests can view the Honor Roll Book inscribed with the names of those memorialized on the tree. Charitable donations go directly to Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. 978-223-9787 or www.hnsgb.org.
Theater and music
“CABARET.” Salem State University performances on Nov. 29 and 30; Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in Salem State’s Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. American writer Cliff Bradshaw meets his muse, Sally Bowles, at the Cabaret. As their affair ignites, the shadows of a powerful Nazi party begin to loom, and a complex moral choice is at hand. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. By John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show is recommended for mature audiences. Purchase tickets at www.salemstatetickets.com or 978-542-6365.
“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR.” Performances on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 7 p.m.; Dec. 1 and 8, 4 p.m.; and Dec. 2 and 9, 2 p.m., in Ames Hall at the Salem YMCA, 1 Sewall St. Y Theatre Company’s fall musical production is appropriate for all ages. email@example.com or www.northshoreymca.org.
“THE LARAMIE PROJECT.” Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m., St. John’s Prep, Kaneb Theatre, Alumni Hall, 72 Spring St., Danvers. St. John’s Prep Drama Guild presents drama about a Wyoming town’s reaction to the brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a local student and young gay man. $12/general, $10/seniors and students. Production recommended for patrons ages 13 and older. Tickets available at the door or in advance at www.stjohnsprep.org/theater or firstname.lastname@example.org. 978-744-1050.
“ONCE UPON A MATTRESS.” Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m., Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St. The Company of Ipswich High School presents musical. Baked goods and concessions will be sold; proceeds from sales help fund scholarships, summer study grants and fine arts enhancements. $10/adults, $8/students and seniors. 978-356-3137, ext. 365, or www.imada.org.
CHAMBER MUSIC FALL RECITAL. Friday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Phillips Music Center, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Student chamber ensembles will perform a varied selection. Free. www.gordon.edu/event.cfm?iEventID=1793.
“VIVA VIVALDI!” Friday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. The Concert Singers presents its 33rd set of holiday concerts. All pieces accompanied by professional Boston-area soloists and an instrumental chamber ensemble. Includes select works by Antonio Vivaldi, pops style music and an audience singalong. Free. Handicapped-accessible. 781-639-4558 or 978-744-4787.
“TWILIGHT IN NEW ENGLAND.” Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Christ Church of Hamilton-Wenham, 149 Asbury St., Hamilton. Cantemus will launch its 30-year anniversary with a seasonal program celebrating New England composers. Cantemus is a member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium. $20/adults, $17/seniors, free/students 21 and under. www.cantemus.org or 888-CHORUS 1.
HOLIDAY POPS LUNCHEON CONCERT. Sunday, Dec. 2, 12:15 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Honda North presents the annual Holiday Pops Luncheon Concert to benefit those living with HIV/AIDS. Luncheon followed by holiday melodies by the 34-piece Hillyer Festival Orchestra and soloist Michael Dynice. $75/patron ticket, includes concert, preferred seating and pre-event champagne reception. $50/adults, $25/children 12 and under. Children’s tickets are free when purchased with an adult ticket at Honda North. 617-450-1520 or www.aac.org/Pops.
ANNUAL WINTER CONCERT. Sunday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m., Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. The StarSingers and Company and the Shine on Me Boys Chorus, all Danvers-based treble choruses for young people, will join local instrumentalists. Performance includes songs for Christmas, both traditional and contemporary; American folk songs; and spirituals, Jewish songs of the Hebrew tradition and songs from musicals and movies. Free. 978-777-8244.
“A MAGICAL EVENING OF MUSIC & MERMAIDS.” Tuesday, Dec. 4, and Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Salem Theatre Company Second Stage presents stories from David Roper and music from Daisy Nell and Captain Stan. $10/ticket. www.salemtheatre.com, email@example.com or 978-790-8546.
NATURE TALES: BUSY BEAVERS. Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Read “Beaver at Long Pond” by William T. and Lindsay Barrett George, then take a walk to Rockery Pond to see a beaver lodge, dam, beaver chews and scent mounds. As a group, participants will build a lodge. Led by Kim LoGrasso. For families with children ages 3 to 6. $7/Audubon member, $9/nonmember; $6/child member, $7/child nonmember. Meet in Nature Center. Dress for weather. 978-887-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ART OF NATURE: HIBERNATION. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join watercolorist Brenda Sloane for a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the hibernating and non-hibernating animals of the sanctuary. Following the presentation, take a walk and try to locate the animals. Attendees will return to the Nature Center to sculpt a clay likeness of an animal of their choice and a watercolor background of its habitat. For families with children ages 6 to 12. $8/Audubon member, $10/nonmember; $7/child member, $8/child nonmember. All materials provided. Dress for weather. Register at 978-887-9264 or email@example.com.
Fairs and festivals
CHRISTMAS FAIR. Presented through Saturday, Dec. 1, at Asbury Grove Historic Methodist Campground in Hamilton. Expanded fair includes a free live Nativity presentation each Saturday evening at 7 p.m. (weather permitting). A Festival of Trees will also run during all fair hours, in which businesses, organizations or families can decorate a tree according to a theme, and with themed gifts, gift cards and displays that can be auctioned off. Admission to the Festival of Trees is $4, and it includes a children’s scavenger hunt, prizes, snacks and a beverage. Children 5 and under are free. All proceeds from the event will benefit the historic restoration of Asbury Grove buildings. The fair hours are: Friday, Nov. 30, 6 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and dessert items will be served. 978-468-2113.
ARTWORKS AND HANDCRAFTED GIFTS. Available at the Marblehead Arts Association during the Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Walk held citywide on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Arts Association will kick things off with a holiday shopping preview party on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., where appetizers and wine will be served while shoppers visit galleries and the Artisan Shop. Five Marblehead Garden Clubs have decorated mantels in Hooper Mansion for the occasion. On Saturday, the Kiwi Kids singers, a group of 11- to 15-year-old girls, will entertain at a Jingle Jam from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the third-floor ballroom. A singalong for children will follow. The association’s annual member exhibit then opens on Dec. 1, and all are invited to enjoy the works on display. A special collection called “Hooper’s Treasures,” framed, small works for $100 and under, will be included. The association is at 8 Hooper St., Marblehead, and can be reached at 781-631-2608.
GREENING OF THE GREAT HOUSE: A WINTER FESTIVAL. Friday, Nov. 30, 5 to 9 p.m., Great House, Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Enjoy live music, a dance performance, a children’s “Eye Spy,” refreshments and more. Live jazz music and cash bar on Friday. Bring an unwrapped gift for the “Giving Sleigh” to benefit needy families through Ipswich Caring. Also, Saturday, Dec. 1, noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, noon to 4 p.m., enjoy live music, a dance performance, a children’s “Eye Spy,” refreshments and more. Fee range $5 to $15; discount for members. 978-356-4351.
WASSAIL PREVIEW PARTY & HEART OF CHRISTMAS FAIR. Friday, Nov. 30, 6 to 8:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Festive preview party for Saturday’s fair. Early buying opportunity with a cup of wassail, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. $15/advance, $20/at the door, $5/children ages 2 to 12. Also, Heart of Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring artisan crafts, baked goods, jewelry, paintings, rich uncle’s table of antiques and collectibles, and historic church open house. Also, “chili in a bag” will be served on Washington Street lawn during Christmas Walk parade. Hot beverages and baked good sales begin at 9 a.m.; lunch begins at 11 a.m. Silent auction closes at 1:30 p.m. www.stmichaels1714.org or 781-631-0657.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR AND SILENT AUCTION. Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; silent auction preview party on Friday, Nov. 30, 7 to 9 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 12 Washington St., Peabody. Auction features children’s items, gift baskets, collectibles, small electronics, gift cards and more. The fair includes quilts, knits, crafts, baked goods, used books, white elephant items, general store, a handmade quilt raffle and a private vendor boutique. Kountry Kitchen will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preview party includes complimentary refreshments, miniature auction and mystery balloon raffle. All proceeds benefit St. Paul’s Church and its community outreach programs.
RED BOW FAIR. Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Gift baskets, fresh greens, gifts, lunch, books, computers, kids activities, white elephant items, bake goods, raffles for lobster, quilt and dollhouse, and more. Fair will be held during the Christmas Walk. Details at 781-631-1215.
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Winthrop School, 325 Bay Road, Hamilton. Event features more than 40 local vendors selling holiday gifts, Cookie Walk, silent auction, Scholastic Book Fair, and breakfast and lunch at the Winthrop Cafe. Children’s Secret Shop features gifts $5 or less. Santa will also be on-site for visits. www.fowholidayboutique.com.
THIRTIETH ANNUAL HOLLY FAIR. Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Hamilton, 391 Bay Road, Hamilton. 20 different vendors, Christmas greens, knitted goods, baked goods, county store, white elephant and Christmas items. Breakfast served from 8:30 to 11 a.m., followed by lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handicapped-accessible.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Second Congregational Church, West Boxford Center, 173B Washington St., West Boxford. Includes holiday crafters in the church hall and Lincoln Hall and treats at Rudolph’s Luncheonette in the church hall. 978-836-7630.
HOLIDAY YARD SALE AND CRAFT FAIR. Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hamilton Council on Aging, 299 Bay Road, Hamilton. Hosted by the Hamilton Senior Center. Table reservations to sell items are available for $20. 978-468-5595.
IPSWICH HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Museum’s annual fundraising event features sale of holiday greens, handmade gifts, grandma’s attic treasures, art, silent auction and raffles. First-floor rooms open for viewing. Admission is free. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE. Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bentley School, 25 Memorial Drive, Salem. Salem Garden Club’s boutique features uniquely decorated natural wreaths, sprays, arrangements, handcrafted ornaments and decor. Arrangements are sized from large outdoor pieces, tabletop containers and fresh decorated greens in a small cup. Many items feature a seaside theme. Proceeds support the club’s plantings in Salem and other charitable projects. Snow date Dec. 8.
ANNUAL MISTLETOE FAIR. Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Masonic Hall, 62 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Victory Chapter No. 157, Order of the Eastern Star, will host fair, which includes crafts, attic treasures, books, jewelry, homemade goods, opportunities tables and other tables with special items. Lobster rolls, tuna, egg and chicken salads, rolls, and homemade clam chowder and minestrone soups will be served.
SNOWFLAKE FAIR. Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Beverly Elementary School, 48 Putnam St., Beverly. North Beverly Elementary School’s Snowflake Fair includes games and crafts for kids, silent auction, class basket raffles, and cookie and cake walk. Free admission; fee for tickets for activities. Joanna Murphy Scott, North Beverly Elementary PTO, 978-927-5708.
IPSWICH HOLIDAY FESTIVAL. Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holiday Tree at the foot of North Main Street, Ipswich. Join Santa and his elves for the Jingle Bell Walk to the Town Hall, 25 Green St. Event includes festive games, holiday crafts, music, food, Christmas tree raffle, a chance to meet Buddy the Elf and more. Also, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce will give out free holiday grab bags from 9 a.m. to noon on Market Street. Donations of unwrapped gifts support U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots. Event hosted by the Interact Club of Ipswich High School, run by Rotary International. In case of bad weather, meet at Town Hall. www.ipswichrotary.org.
DANVERS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 to 5 p.m., Danvers Square. 14th annual Danvers Holiday Festival with various holiday activities, including Santa’s arrival by fire truck and a tree lighting in Danvers Square. 978-777-0001, ext. 3027, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOURTH ANNUAL CHIEF WILL’S WINTER FESTIVAL. Saturday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m., downtown Middleton. Features screening of “The Grinch” at the Flint Library, 4 p.m. Jingle Bells Parade with Santa and the fire engines departs Flint Library and heads to Middleton Green at 4:40 p.m. Free coffee, hot chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, hot cider, pizza, gingerbread cookie decorating, bonfire, DJ playing Christmas music, pictures with Santa and giving tree at the Middleton Green; donations for Middleton Food Bank will be accepted. The Howe-Manning Singers will lead attendees in song around the Christmas tree at 5:40 p.m., followed by 6 p.m. Christmas tree lighting.
FAIR TRADE ADVENT FAIR. Sunday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Maple Street Church, Social Hall, 90 Maple St., Danvers. The third annual fair features handcrafts by local artists and from around the world: jewelry, ornaments, textiles and original artwork. Also, various organizations will be represented. Sponsored by the World Service Committee of Maple Street Church. All proceeds support the crafters. 978-774-4510.
Lectures and presentations
HISTORY SLIDE SHOW AND LECTURE. Thursday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m., Wenham Council on Aging, 10 School St., Wenham. Historian and author Jack Hauck continues his series of lectures with slides of historic buildings along Main Street in Wenham. The program is followed by refreshments; $3 donation. 978-468-5529 or 978-468-5534.
AN EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR. Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St., Boxford. Spend an evening with Perry Glasser, author of the novel “Riverton Noir,” winner of the Gival Press Novel Award in 2011. Free. 978-887-7323, ext. 2.
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD HOUSE LECTURE SERIES. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 to 4 p.m., Appleton Farms, Route 1A, Ipswich. Third event in a series of storytelling in the newly renovated Old House at Appleton Farms. $15/members, $20/nonmembers. Light refreshments served. Pre-registration required. 978-356-5728, ext. 18, or email@example.com.
“LIFE UNDER THE VOLCANO.” Monday, Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Carole McCauley will speak about her experiences living in the shadow of the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat. Part of Monday Mornings lecture series. Free; open to the public. Handicapped-accessible. Refreshments served at 9 a.m. Robin Flynn, program director, 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FILM SCREENING. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., St. James Conference Room, corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. Salem Peace Committee presents a screening of “The World According to Monsanto.” Free. Discussion will follow. 978-740-9917.
HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIOS & SMALL WORKS EXHIBIT. Saturday, Dec. 1, open studios from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; evening gallery celebration from 4 to 7 p.m., at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St., Beverly. Visit studios of 50 local artists and artisans, ask questions, and purchase artwork. Gallery will be open and displaying a juried exhibit of small works that are one square foot or smaller. All works are available for purchase. Open house includes eggnog and cookies. An evening gallery celebration for the Small Works Exhibition will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., and includes food, drinks and music. Free; open to the public. email@example.com or www.studiosatportermill.blogspot.com.
“TAKE TWO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY TOM AND JUDY ROBINSON-COX.” Opening reception on Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cloister Gallery, St. Andrew’s Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Exhibit titled “Take Two: Photographs by Tom and Judy Robinson-Cox” features different photograph styles of landscapes, close-up macro views and abstract compositions inspired by Cape Ann’s atmosphere. Exhibit on view through January 2013. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“RACHEL ROME HOUPES: A CELEBRATION OF ART.” Solo show on view Nov. 29 through Jan. 4, 2013, in the ArcWorks Community Art Center Gallery, 22 Foster St., Peabody. Exhibit features oil paintings, acrylics, and mixed-media abstract art work by Rachel Rome Houpes. Exhibit is free and open to the public. Street and public lot parking available. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. arcworksart.org or www.facebook.com/ArcWorksCommunityArtCenter.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS SALE. Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lynch Park Carriage House, 55 Ober St., Beverly. Guild of Beverly Artists’ annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale features original work including hand-painted ornaments, boxes, barrel staves, small paintings up to 16- by 20-inches, shrink-wrapped art and photographs, a variety of holiday arrangements, and more. All are welcome. Free entrance and free parking.
HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE. Opening reception Friday, Nov. 30, 6 to 9 p.m.; open house, Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Barn Workshop, 245 Maple St., Danvers. Show features unique artwork made by local artists, including pottery, jewelry, wood, glass, and more. Show on view daily through Friday, Dec. 21. 978-774-3042 or www.barnworkshop.com/.
ANNUAL GREENS SALE. Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carriage House, Endicott Park, Forest Street, Danvers. Danvers Garden Club offers evergreen wreaths with bows, mixed green swags, boxwood trees, kissing balls (both boxwood and balsam), decorated baskets filled with mixed greens, baked goods table, and 50-50 drawing. Proceeds from the sale support the club’s programs for junior gardeners, nursing homes and civic plantings.
WHITE ELEPHANT BLOWOUT SALE. Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to noon, St. James Parish Hall, corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. Toys, furnishings, kitchenware, gadgets and more. Free admission. http://stjamessalem.homestead.com.
STUDENT AND ALUMNI CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE. Thursday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Black Box Theater, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Free. 978-232-7701 or email@example.com.
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER DANCE. Friday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m., Beverly Franco American Club, 44 Park St., Beverly. Lobster pie or chicken pie dinner followed by entertainment by Sigy Moller and friends. Advance ticket purchase necessary; no tickets sold at the door. $15/person. 978-922-1950.
SALEM DANCE ENSEMBLE INFORMAL SHOW. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m., Boston Ballet Studios, Marblehead YMCA, 40 Leggs Hill Road, Marblehead. The dance program will travel off Salem State’s campus for an informal showing of their work. Program includes original choreography by students and faculty. Tickets available at the door, $5/general, free/students and seniors. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
FINZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL. Friday, Nov. 30, 9 p.m. to midnight, Sturdy Moss. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-774-8485.
GULU-GULU. Nov. 29, Mei Ohara; Nov. 30, Landform with special guest Jane Park; Dec. 1, Fishing the Sky. All events begin at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER CAFE. Nov. 30, Bare Bones. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Nov. 29, System Soul; Nov. 30, North Shore Acoustic Duo. All shows are 10 p.m. to midnight unless otherwise noted. 76 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-774-9653 or www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG’S EYE. Nov. 30, 4 to 7 p.m., Blues Jam. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.