10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Harry and the Potters at the 10th Annual Yule Ball at the Middle East.
Harry and the Potters at the 10th Annual Yule Ball at the Middle East. –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.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

One of the most beloved holiday TV specials now has its own musical, and it’s arriving at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre this weekend. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical has all the same characters from the 1964 special, including Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph. (Thursday, December 14 through Sunday, December 17 at various times; Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston; $38-118; all ages)

Home Alone at the Coolidge


Speaking of holiday classics, the Coolidge Corner Theatre is showing Home Alone this Thursday evening. The theater’s ticketed after-party with free food and drink is already sold out, but that just means you can go home and order a lovely cheese pizza, just for you. (Thursday, December 14 at 7 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $9.25-12.25; all ages)


Coming off its second annual NBC holiday special, America’s most popular a capella group will bring the holiday joy to the Boch Center Wang Theatre this Thursday and Saturday. Known for its spirited covers of holiday songs, the group is sure to have audiences singing along all night long. (Thursday, December 14 and Saturday, December 16 at 7 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $95-225; all ages)

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

Tickets for A Christmas Celtic Sojourn are very limited, and for good reason: For 15 years, Brian O’Donovan’s live stage spin-off of his weekend WGBH radio show has entertained and informed people about the musical and historical Celtic, pagan, and Christian traditions associated with Christmas. There’s plenty to learn, but arguably the best parts are all the great fiddle music and traditional Celtic dancing. (Thursday, December 14 through Friday, December 22 at various times; Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston; $25-85; all ages)

A Charlie Brown Christmas


If Rudolph wasn’t your favorite holiday TV special, check out the stage version of A Charlie Brown Christmas starting this Friday at the Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. The show features young actors portraying the members of the Peanuts gang, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Lucy. Plus, at 50 minutes with no intermission, it will hopefully be short enough to hold the attention of younger audience members. (Friday, December 15 through Saturday, December 23 at various times; Wimberly Theatre, Boston; $10-35; all ages)

Dorchester Yuletide Craft Beer Crawl

This Saturday, Dorchester Brewing Company is holding a crawl at five different Dot bars, each of which will serve different DBC beers. After the crawl, head to Dorchester Brewing Co.’s taproom to grab some free swag, enter raffles, listen to live music, and enjoy refreshments from Ashmont Grill. (Saturday, December 16 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at various locations; $40, which includes five drink tickets; 21+)

Boston Tea Party Reenactment

The annual dumping of the tea in Boston Harbor will have a new twist this year: The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will use tea donated by people all around the world, all of whom will receive certificates acknowledging their part in the historic reenactment. 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. (Saturday, December 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Old South Meeting House, Boston; free; all ages)

Jingle Bell 5k

If you’re in Davis Square this Sunday, you might think Santa’s sleigh is about to run you over based on the deafening cacophony of jingle bells. Every runner in the Jingle Bell 5k will get their own bell to wear, and afterward, they can stop by one of 18 after-party spots around the square. (Sunday, December 17 at 11 a.m.; Davis Square, Somerville; $37; all ages)

Lighting the Boston Menorah


Due to rainy weather, Boston’s annual lighting of the menorah to mark the start of Hanukkah was moved to this Sunday, more than halfway through the eight nights of the Jewish holiday. Nevertheless, elected officials like Gov. Charlie Baker will join Chabad Boston to kindle the largest menorah in New England and celebrate the holiday with music from Berklee students, dreidels, chocolate gelt, and doughnuts. (Sunday, December 17 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Copley Square, Boston; free; all ages)

Harry and the Potters 13th Annual Yule Ball

For the 13th consecutive year, Harry and the Potters will host and perform at the annual Yule Ball, taking place this weekend at the Middle East. With performances by The Moaning Myrtles, the Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Kwikspell, and more magical musical acts, even Muggles will be enchanted. (Sunday, December 17 from 5 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge; $20; all ages)