10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Skaters dressed as characters from 'Frozen' in Disney on Ice.
Skaters dressed as characters from 'Frozen' in Disney on Ice. –Disney

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.

The Darkest Night

Thursday marks the winter solstice, thus the shortest day of the year. To celebrate, the recently opened Down the Road Brewery taproom will pour some of its Darkest Night Imperial Stout. At a whopping 14% ABV, it should warm you up during the long, cold night — in moderation, of course. (Thursday, Dec. 21 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Down the Road Brewery, Everett; free; 21+)

Sam Adams After Hours: Jingle Bell Rock


Jingle bell, jingle bell, Jingle Bell Rock… is the name of the limited-release beer that Sam Adams will serve up at its After Hours party this Thursday. A $10 ticket will buy you five beer samples, three of which will be accompanied by chocolate from Phillip’s Candy House. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, Sam Adams gear will be 25 percent off at the brewery store. (Thursday, Dec. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sam Adams, Boston; $10; 21+)

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 for 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. 21 from 7 p.m. to Friday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.; Improv Asylum, Boston; $25; all ages)


If you’re sick of Christmas carols and holiday commercial jingles, check out some classic Harlem hip-hop at the Middle East on Thursday when Cam’ron comes through town. The Diplomats founder is touring in support of his new album, but you can bet he’ll mix some classic hits into the set list, as well. (Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.; Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge; $25; 18+)

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker”


There’s still time to catch a holiday show at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, where “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” will be in town for a short three-day stay. Hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow will rap the intro to this contemporary reimagination of Tchaikovsky’s classical music featuring a dozen dancers, a violinist, and a DJ. (Thursday, Dec. 21 through Saturday, Dec. 23 at various times; Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston; $35-95; all ages)

Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice is back in town for the holiday season with “Dream Big,” a skating spectacular featuring Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and more of the Disney Princesses. If you can’t make it during the show’s run at Agganis Arena, Disney on Ice will be at the TD Garden starting in February. (Friday, Dec. 22 until Sunday, Jan. 1 at various times; Agganis Arena, Boston; $10-100; all ages)

“Trading Places”

Ask someone to name their favorite Christmas movie and you’ll likely hear names like “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Story,” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Less heralded, but nonetheless appreciated, is “Trading Places,” the 1983 John Landis comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd that’s playing at the Brattle on Friday and Saturday. (Friday, Dec. 22 and Saturday, Dec. 23 at 10 p.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $8-11; rated R)

Ugly Sweater Party

If you’re looking to get out of the house on Christmas weekend, Scholars is throwing an ugly sweater party on Saturday night. The $10 cover charge will be waived if you dress up, and there will also be prizes for best costumes, so find the ugliest sweater you can get your hands on and enjoy the Top 40 hits and holiday jams from DJ Swytch. (Saturday, Dec. 23 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Scholars, Boston; $0-10; 21+)

The Original MatzoBall


The night before Christmas, Jewish guys and girls of legal drinking age head to the annual MatzoBall party, a giant singles dance. It’s like J-Swipe IRL. (Sunday, Dec. 24 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Royale, Boston; $40-75; 21+)

“Home Alone”

In case you missed last week’s showing of the 1990 holiday classic at the Coolidge, the Luna Theater in Lowell will have three showings of “Home Alone” on Christmas Eve. Tickets are only $5, which means you can treat your whole family, even if it’s the size of the McCallisters’. (Sunday, Dec. 24 at various times; Luna Theater, Lowell; $5; all ages)