This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more, go to www.boston.com and search goings-on in Greater Boston.
Burlington: The Bay Colony Brass Christmas Concert and the Merrimack Valley Ringers present Christmas favorites. B rass and orchestral music, vocal music, Broadway musicals, and pop songs. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. St. Malachy Church, 99 Bedford St. Free. 781-272-5111, www.baycolonybrass.org.
Marblehead: Enjoy the New England Ballet Ensemble’s “The Nutcracker.” Follow Clara’s enchanted journey of dance. Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m. Veterans Middle School, 217 Pleasant St. $20. www.newenglandballetensemble.com.
Newburyport: Solstice Song features Allyn Gamble, Steve Faria, and Friends. Jazz favorites and seasonal tunes. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Actors Studio of Newburyport at the Tannery, 50 Water St. $35, includes a post-performance reception with the artists. 978-465-1229.
South Hamilton: Celebrate with “A Fireside Noel,’’ music, dance, poetry, and merriment. Harpist Carol McIntyre, poet Dean Pederson, Allegro Dance Ensemble, and Voices of Peace. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Hamilton-Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Road. $12, advance $10, seniors/students $10. 978-468-4818, communityhouse.org.