10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Cambridge, MA    12/20/14    A giant basilisk (snake monster from Harry Potter) flying through the audience as Harry and the Potters perfrom during the 10th Annual Yule Ball  at the Middle East on Saturday December  20,  2014.  (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)
A giant basilisk flying through the audience as Harry and the Potters perform during the Yule Ball at the Middle East in 2014. –Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Skip Netflix this weekend—here are 10 ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city. If you’d like BosTen delivered to your inbox every Thursday, click here. Want more things to do? Check out our events calendar at boston.com/events. You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

“Ansel Adams in Our Time”

You may know iconic photographer Ansel Adams best for his stunning black and white images of Yosemite National Park, photos that have adorned many a college dorm room, as The Boston Globe’s new art critic Murray Whyte recently pointed out. Adams’ Yosemite work represents only a small portion of his lengthy career, however, as evidenced by the nearly 200-piece exhibit, “Ansel Adams in Our Time,” debuting at the MFA this Thursday. The museum ran an Adams exhibit back in 2004, but the MFA says this edition is both larger and provides a greater context for Adams’ work in the 21st century. (Thursday, Dec. 13 through Feb. 24, 2019 during regular museum hours; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; included with regular admission; all ages)

“Elf” at the Coolidge

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Believe it or not, it’s been 15 years since Will Ferrell donned a pointy green hat to play Buddy the Elf, a full-grown man raised on the North Pole who has no idea he’s not one of the other elves. Once he returns to his Scrooge-like father (James Caan) in New York City and befriends a shopping mall elf (Zooey Deschanel), the magic really begins. To celebrate the anniversary, the Coolidge Corner Theatre will play the film on the big screen as part of its Rewind film series. (Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $9.75-12.75; rated PG)

“A Christmas Celtic Sojourn”

Tickets for “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” are already limited, and for good reason: For 16 years, Brian O’Donovan’s live stage spin-off of his weekend WGBH radio show has entertained audiences and informed them about the musical and historical Celtic, pagan, and Christian traditions associated with Christmas. There’s plenty to learn, but arguably the best parts are the great fiddle tunes and traditional Celtic dancing. For those outside of the Boston area, there are performances in Worcester, New Bedford, and Providence on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, respectively. (Friday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 16 and Friday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 23 at various times; Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston; $25-85; all ages)

The Christmas Revels

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Now in its 48th year, the annual Christmas Revels show will return to Harvard’s Sanders Theatre this Friday to celebrate the solstice-centered music and traditions of Scandinavian countries. An ensemble more than 100 strong will perform carols, wassails, ballads, and dances from all five Nordic nations, interspersed with comedic banter. (Friday, Dec. 14 through Saturday, Dec. 29 at various times; Sanders Theatre, Cambridge; $12-85; all ages)

Somerville Illuminations Tour

Every year, the Somerville Arts Council highlights the houses of residents who go all out with their holiday decorations during the Illuminations Tour. A trolley will shuttle interested parties from house to house on a 45-minute ride, complete with cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee. Revelers can also check out kids craft activities and performances from the Somerville Community Chorus at the Somerville High School Field House, where the tour begins and ends. Tickets are limited, and tour times earlier in the evening have already sold out, but the Arts Council also provides a $3 map of the homes for people who want to take a walking tour. (Saturday, Dec. 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 81 Highland Ave., Somerville; $15 GA, $8 seniors ages 60 and up and kids ages 12 and under; all ages)

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Holiday markets abound at this time of year, but less common are ones that benefit indigenous communities with every purchase. This weekend, the Cultural Survival Bazaar at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School will have handmade gifts from more than a dozen countries, including Guatemala, Peru, and Tibet. (Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge; free; all ages)

“It’s a Wonderful Life” in 35mm

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Sure, you can catch “It’s a Wonderful Life” on TV every holiday season, but there’s something to be said for watching Frank Capra’s 1946 classic in a theater, especially when it’s on a 35mm print like the screenings at the Brattle Theatre will be this weekend. Tickets for Friday’s showing are already sold out for non-Brattle members, so make haste if you want to attend on Saturday or Sunday. Oh, and maybe buy the tickets yourself instead of letting Uncle Billy handle it. (Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $8.50-11.50; rated PG)

Somerville Jingle Bell 5K

Get ready for a chorus of ringing and jingling if you’re in Davis Square this Sunday: Every runner (or walker) in the Jingle Bell 5K, now in its 37th year, will get their own bell to wear. Afterward, athletes can stop by one of 10 after-party spots around the square. A portion of the proceeds from the run will support a number of organizations, many of which focus on local recreation programs. (Sunday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m.; Davis Square, Somerville; $37; all ages)

Harry and the Potters 14th Annual Yule Ball

For the 14th consecutive year, Harry and the Potters will host and perform at the annual Yule Ball, taking place this weekend at the Middle East. Even Muggles will be able to enjoy performances from Tonks and the Aurors, The Swedish Shortsnouts, and the final show ever for The Whomping Willows, who announced their retirement from the Potter music scene earlier this fall. (Sunday, Dec. 16 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge; $20; all ages)

Boston Tea Party Reenactment

This Sunday marks 245 years since colonists dumped tea into Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party, and once again, the Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will team up to reenact the evening that helped kickstart the American Revolution. The ticketed meeting at the Old South Meeting House is sold out, but the rest of the reenactment is free and open to the public. (Sunday, Dec. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Old South Meeting House, Boston; free; all ages)