Friday 5: 16th annual Holiday Mart to benefit the Ladue Chapel Nursery School, Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, 779-6246 

Shop to benefit Annie’s Hope, at MSG Jewelers, 353-9488

Friday 5-7: Children’s Holiday Festival to benefit St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Science Center, 286-0977

Saturday 6: ‘Hope for the Holidays’ gala to benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis, Third Degree Glass Factory, 367-4527

Big Bear Brunch to benefit Friends of Wings, Ritz-Carlton, 953-1895

Winter White Gala to benefit St. Louis Public Library, at the Central Library, 1301 Olive St., 340-2403

Sunday 7: Shining Lights Holiday Event to benefit Ranken Jordan, 11365 Dorsett Road, 872-6414

Monday 8: Kevin Kline Awards Variety Hour to benefit the Professional Theatre Awards Council, The Coronado Ballroom, 531-7529

Tuesday 9: Annual ‘thank you’ reception to benefit the St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, at Regional Arts Commission, 863-6930

Thursday 11-14: St. Louis Fine and Rare Wine Auction to benefit Provident Inc., at Four Seasons Hotel, Busch’s Grove Market and The Ritz-Carlton, 446-2828

Friday 12: 14th annual Quality of Life Caregivers Award luncheon to benefit the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel, 918-8222  

Baubles, Bangles and Beads to benefit Nurses for Newborns, at McCaughen & Burr Art Gallery, 19 N. Gore, 544-3433

Saturday 13: 2008 Biennial Gala, ‘Express Yourself,’ to benefit the Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., 655-5140

Tuesday 16-18: Near Southside Christmas Program, City Recreation Center, 664-7714

Thursday 18: The St. Louis Young Ambassadors holiday reception to benefit Toys for Tots, at St. Louis City Hall, 454-1488

Friday 19: Wine and Cheese Wolf Program to benefit the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center (Wolf Sanctuary), at Tyson Research Center, 6750 Tyson Valley Road, (636) 938-5900

Saturday 20: Sheer Elegance fashion show to benefit Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club, Chase Park Plaza, 382-5952

Saturday 27: The Saint Louis Zoo celebrates Raja the Elephant’s 16th birthday, 1 Government Dr., 781-0900