Wednesday, Dec. 4
Advent Taizé Prayer Service: Wait for the Lord, 7 p.m., St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, 24 Conant St., Danvers. All Christians are invited to an evening of prayer in the style of the ecumenical community of Taizé, France. Come contemplate the coming of the Lord through sacred scripture, prayer, silent reflection and beautiful music. 978-774-0340.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Family Life Center, First Congregational Church, 4 Georgetown Road, Boxford. Fair includes fresh greens arrangements; Christmas wreaths; homemade cookies; white elephant sale; jewelry; gently-used handbags; and gift baskets. 978-887-5841.
Gift of Christmas annual fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Parish Center, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. “The Gift of Christmas,” the Star of the Sea’s annual Christmas fair, features varied creations by local artisans and craft vendors; gift baskets and raffles; used books; small craft items suitable for children’s holiday gifts; children’s crafts, including cookie decorating, face painting and ornament creation; and a visit from Santa. Fair continues Sunday, Dec. 8. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. A light breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. For details or raffle tickets, call 781-631-0086 or visit www.staroftheseamarblehead.org.
Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield. Annual fair features hand-crafted gifts; hand-knitted and crocheted items; holiday crafts and decorations; a jewelry boutique; scarves, bags, purses and other accessories; home-baked goods; books for all ages; raffles and more. Lunch served from noon to 2 p.m. and features homemade corn chowder, chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs and chips. Call 978-887-5570 for more information.
Winter Wonderland Holiday Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Parish Church (yellow church), 225 Cabot St., Beverly. Cafe features breakfast, lunch, and a dozen homemade soups in the Soup-er Bowl vying for the Golden Ladle Award. Sample soups and cast a vote. Also, fair includes local artists and crafters; books; DVDs; music; attic treasures; new and nearly-new gifts; baked goods; raffles; children’s corner toys; games; sports equipment; children’s crafts, activities and face painting. www.firstparishbeverly.org.