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Weekend event picks, Dec. 13-15

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  December 11, 2013 11:59 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

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From left: John Waters (Julia Cumes for The Boston Globe); Christmas Revels (Roger Ide); Selena Gomez (Mat Hayward (Getty Images)

FRIDAY

HOLIDAY MAGIC How about a holiday pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela? That's a medieval cathedral town in Galicia, the Celtic region of Northern Spain, and to get there, a little seasonal magic is in order. It's provided by the 43rd annual Christmas Revels, the annual winter solstice celebration that's become a Cambridge tradition. Storyteller Jay O'Callahan and Mexican actress Angelica Aragon lead an 80-member ensemble of adults and children in a show featuring music, dance, and stories. Dec. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Dec. 15, 1 and 5:30 p.m. Through Dec. 27. $15-$57. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222, www.revels.org

GETTING A HANDEL ON IT Those hallelujahs at Boston Baroque Presents Handel's "Messiah" will be performed by the Boston Baroque Chorus and soloists Kiera Duffy, Kate Lindsey, Nicholas Phan, and Jesse Blumberg. Martin Pearlman directs George Frideric Handel's classic which the composer never performed in a church. Dec. 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m. $30-$85. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org

SATURDAY

GLIDE TIME Sharpen up your ice skates and head downtown for outdoor skating with great harbor and city views. The Boston Harbor Hotel’s Rotunda Rink is part of the Winter on the Wharf initiative, which also features seasonal food and libations, and special events. Check out the rink at Saturday's Rotunda Rink Season Opening. Dec. 14, 1-4 p.m. Free. Rink open through Feb. 28, Mon-Fri 3-8 p.m. and Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $10, $5 children, under 5 free. Rentals available. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. www.winteronthewharf.com

KISS UNDER THE MISTLETOE KISS 108 folks leave the radio station to attend their annual Jingle Ball. Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Fall Out Boy, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Fifth Harmony, Flo Rida, and others will provide the musical holiday cheer. Dec. 14, 7 p.m. $31 and up ($1 from each ticket sold benefits the Ryan Seacrest Foundation). TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.kiss108.com

SUNDAY

HOLIDAY FUN If you wear your Christmas sweater to "Haul Out the Holly," audience neighbors might give you a look when the The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus gives a nod to holiday customs during "Jake Heggie's Six Christmas Traditions." "Twelve Gays of Christmas," the "Little Drummer Boy" dance, Santa, and traditional tunes get in on the act. Dec. 15, 3 p.m. (Dec. 20-22 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 15 1 p.m. "Kid Sized" show tickets are $25; donations for Globe Santa are welcome). $20-$60. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-542-7464, www.bgmc.org

NOT WATERED DOWN This isn't a Walton Christmas, folks, it's "A John Waters Christmas" complete with talk about the namesake's love of perverted gifts, an obsession with Santa, and holiday horror stories. The filmmaker of "Pink Flamingos" "Hairspray," and "A Dirty Shame" brings his naughty self to town. Dec. 15, 8 p.m. $25-$100. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com

CELTIC SCORE A Celtic brass trio and Celtic music of Norway are newbies at this year's "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan." The storytellers, singers, musicians, and dancers include Seamus Egan and Solas, harpist Maeve Gilchrist, Scottish singer Maureen McMullan, and Riverdance star, Liam Harney. Dec. 15, 3 p.m. (through Dec. 22). $75. Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8000, www.wgbh.org

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

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