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.