10 things to do in Boston this holiday weekend

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Amy Schumer.
Amy Schumer. –Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

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.

No Rest for the Wicked Funny

Want to share some laughs for a good cause? Improv Asylum will hold its annual marathon performance starting Thursday night at 7 p.m. and lasting a full 24 hours. Ticket buyers can come and go throughout the 24-hour period, as the Asylum’s troupe members and alums put on shows, interview local celebrities, auction off gifts, and more, all to benefit Globe Santa, a charity run by The Boston Globe Foundation that delivers presents to children in need. Editor’s note: Boston.com is owned by Boston Globe Media Partners. (Thursday, Dec. 20 from 7 p.m. to Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.; Improv Asylum, Boston; $25; all ages)

“Madeline’s Christmas”


It’s been nearly 80 years since Ludwig Bemelmans first published “Madeline,” the story of an indefatigable 7-year-old girl who lives in a house in Paris. Since then, “Madeline” has become a media empire, with numerous stories, movies, dolls, and a Christmas play, which will be presented by Boston Children’s Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts through Sunday. (Thursday Dec. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 23 at various times; Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; $20-40; all ages)

Ugly Sweater Party

If you’re looking to squeeze in one more holiday party before you transition to family time, Ipswich Ale will be throwing an ugly sweater party this Friday at Brewers Table, the tavern inside its brewery. Not only will there be no cover charge, the brewery will have free hors d’oeuvres, giant Jenga, prizes for the best and worst sweaters, and live music. (Friday, Dec. 21 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Ipswich Ale Brewery, Ipswich; free; 21+)

“Batman Returns”

What makes a Christmas movie a Christmas movie? Does it simply have to take place around Christmas? Perhaps it must contain iconic scenes set around a Christmas tree? By either of those tests, “Batman Returns” passes with flying colors, which is why the Museum of Fine Arts will screen the film in 35mm this Friday. Danny DeVito’s grotesque Penguin may never replace Frosty the Snowman as a holiday talisman, but at least you’ll have an excuse to sing “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” all the way home. (Friday, Dec. 21 from 8 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $13 GA, free for MFA members; rated PG-13)

Boston Holiday Stroll


This time of year, many “holiday strolls” are just an excuse for certain neighborhoods to get you to shop at their stores. That’s not the case with Chiltern Mountain Club’s holiday stroll, which covers four to five miles of lights and sights around various Boston neighborhoods, starting at the Park Street stop on Boston Common and looping back to the North End five hours later for pastries to celebrate all that walking. (Saturday, Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Park Street Station, Boston; free; all ages)

Winter Solstice Ride

Why be strolling when you could be rolling? The Boston Cyclists’ Union will have a slow, casual trek of their own this weekend in order to raise awareness for cyclist safety initiatives. The ride will begin in Copley Square at noon and meander through the city, ending at Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square. (Saturday, Dec. 22 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Copley Square, Boston; free; all ages)

“Home Alone”

In case you don’t have a dusty VHS copy of “Home Alone” sitting on your shelf, the Luna Theater in Lowell will have five showings of “Home Alone” starting Saturday and running through Christmas Eve. Tickets are only $5, which means you can treat your whole family, even if it’s the size of the McCallisters’. (Saturday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Dec. 24 at various times; Luna Theater, Lowell; $5; rated PG)

Amy Schumer

Both of Amy Schumer’s earlier shows at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre have already sold out, so organizers added a third show on Sunday at 4 p.m. that still has limited tickets available. The raunchy comedian hasn’t put out a new album or new season of “Inside Amy Schumer” this year, but maybe she’ll have some new material about domestic life now that’s she’s married to — and expecting a child with — Massachusetts chef Chris Fischer. (Sunday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m.; Chevalier Theatre, Medford; $59-109; all ages) 

MatzoBall 2018


The night before Christmas, Jewish guys and girls of legal drinking age head to the annual MatzoBall, a giant singles dance. Brought to you by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals and sponsored by Jewish dating app J-Swipe, it promises to be one part courtship, one part party. (Monday, Dec. 24 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Royale, Boston; $40-75; 21+)

“Frozen” Sing-Along

If you’ve been bumping “Let It Go” every day this month, the Regent Theatre’s sing-along screening of “Frozen” is just for you. The family-friendly showings will start in the afternoon on Christmas Day and continue daily through Dec. 29. For those who prefer to sing along to an older classic, the theater also will have a “White Christmas” sing-along on Christmas Day at 7 p.m. (Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 4 p.m.; Regent Theatre, Arlington; $10-15; rated PG)