10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Runners gather at the start line for the annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston. Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

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Celine Dion

Near, far, wherever you are, it would be hard to refute the cultural impact of Celine Dion and her iconic Academy and Grammy Award winning anthem, “My Heart Will Go On.” After ending her historic 16-year Las Vegas residency earlier this year, the French Canadian crooner is on the road again, and will play two shows at TD Garden this weekend as part of her Courage World Tour. (Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $59.50-$249.50; all ages)

Mariah Carey

When Mariah Carey released her holiday album “Merry Christmas” in 1994, it wasn’t an immediate hit. The album only sold 45,000 copies in its first week, good for 30th place on the Billboard 200, and reviews weren’t especially favorable. Fast-forward 25 years later, and the album’s lead single, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” is a bonafide modern Christmas classic, and “Merry Christmas” is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. This Friday, Carey brings her “All I Want For Christmas is You” holiday concert residency to the Wang Theatre, bringing a sleigh full of hits from the singer’s decades-long career. (Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $60.95 and up; all ages)

“A Christmas Celtic Sojourn”

Tickets for “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” are already limited, and for good reason: For 17 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. (Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 22 at various times; Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston; $25-85; all ages)

The Christmas Revels

Now in its 49th year, the annual Christmas Revels show will return to Harvard’s Sanders Theatre this Friday with a new themed look at the holiday. This year’s production is centered around the roots of American music in the early 1900s, from Appalachian bluegrass to “bony harmonies of New England.” (Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 29 at various times; Sanders Theatre, Cambridge; $12-$90; all ages)

Santa Speedo Run

Runners participating in the 20th annual Santa Speedo Run could be in for a treat this year: If current forecasts hold, temperatures could be in the 50s for the approximately 700 runners planning to strip to their skivvies and race around the Back Bay to raise money for the Play Ball Foundation. Those hoping to join the fun must pre-register for $30 and raise a minimum donation of $250 if you’re aged 30 and under and $400 if you’re 31 and up. The pre-party will start at Back Bay Social Club at 10 a.m. before the run kicks off at 1 p.m. (Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m.; Back Bay Social Club, Boston; $30 to register; 21+)

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. 14 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)

“Home Alone”

With news breaking this week that Disney is rebooting “Home Alone” for its Disney Plus streaming platform, it’s worth revisiting this modern Christmas classic before younger generations forget who Macaulay Culkin is entirely. That being said, you can probably leave the kids at home (not alone, please!) for the Coolidge’s midnight screening of the Chris Columbus film. (Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11:59 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $13.25; 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 38th 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. 15 at 11 a.m.; Davis Square, Somerville; $37; all ages)

Harry and the Potters 15th Annual Yule Ball

For the 15th 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 Draco and the Malfoys and an appearance by the Potter Puppet Pals, the popular YouTube series created by Somerville resident Neil Cicierega. (Sunday, Dec. 15 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge; $20; all ages)

Jingle Ball

Organizers of Kiss 108’s annual wintry pop celebration always put together a deep lineup of hitmakers, with highlights of this year’s bill including Lizzo (who recently landed eight Grammy nominations), singer-songwriter and Berklee grad Charlie Puth, and former One Direction member turned solo act Niall Horan. (Sunday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $26.50-$256.50; all ages)

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