Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Check out the Holiday Pops, go on an ugly sweater bar crawl, and more.
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Photo by Stu Rosner

CONCERT
Holiday Pops

The Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart, who’s celebrating his 20th anniversary with the orchestra this year, return with the beloved holiday tradition. Shows includes renditions of holiday favorites, sing-alongs, and a visit from Santa Claus. Special kids matinee performances include a post-concert photo opportunity with jolly old Saint Nick, special treats, and kid-friendly menu options for those with floor table seats.

$31+, Thursday, December 3, 8 p.m., Friday, December 4, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. (kids matinee), 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 6, 11 a.m. (kids matinee), 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, bso.org.

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Jesse Lynn Harte as Ariel and Jared Troilo as Prince Eric / Photo courtesy of Fiddlehead Theatre Company / Eric Antoniou Photo

THEATER
Fiddlehead Theatre Company Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Fiddlehead strives to bring new interpretations to the shows they perform, and their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is no different. Adapted from the original Hans Christian Andersen story, Fiddlehead changes the setting of this timeless love story to a children’s Victorian toy theatre. While paying homage to the classic tale and the Disney animated film, Fiddlehead also brings in songs from the Broadway production. Sing along to “Kiss the Girl” and other favorites while watching Ariel’s undersea world come to life this weekend at the Strand Theatre.

$25+, Thursday, December 3, 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 4, 8 p.m., Saturday, December 5, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 2 p.m., The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, fiddleheadtheatre.com.

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Silk pocket scarves from Faburiq that will be available for sale / Photo courtesy of Aruña Quiroga

SHOPPING
Chrismukkah @ SoWa

Wander around a heated tent at this three-day holiday shopping festival. Fifty local artisans will set up shop inside, providing you with a variety of handmade goods, while 90 artist studios, 60 boutiques and galleries, and the SoWa Vintage Market will be outside, surrounded by holiday decorations and music. And don’t worry about the inevitable shopping-induced hunger—food trucks will be set up nearby.

Free, Friday, December 4, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, December 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 450 Harrison Ave., Boston, chrismukkahatsowa.com.

NIGHT OUT
Boston Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

This is the one time you might dig through your grandmother’s closet in search of a Saturday night outfit. This pub crawl is unlike any other you’ve been to this year—unless you’re constantly trying to dress your ugliest. So don your weirdest sweater and drink your way through Boston. The December chill is nothing when you’re rocking a reindeer print and have a beer in hand.

$10, Saturday, December 5, registration goes from noon to 8 p.m. at Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar, 1 S Market St., Faneuil Hall, Boston, pubcrawls.com.

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Photo courtesy of Scott Jameson

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Magic by Scott Jameson

Training in gymnastics, dance, acting, and even microchip programming has helped me to create performances that are uniquely my own,” says Jameson on his website. Now, his creative show featuring magic and juggling comes to Brookline. Jameson promises to make an umbrella appear out of thin air, bring a drawing to life, and have the audience travel through time in this hour of family-fun entertainment.

$12 for adults, $9 for children, Sunday, December 6, 10:30 a.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St. Brookline, coolidge.org.