48 Hours of Freedom

It’s the weekend. You can spend it fighting another shopper for that last iPod Touch, or you can just buy them a Nano and enjoy it. Here are some suggestions for your precious two days of total freedom, prepared for you by Boston Daily.

Retailers expect this weekend to be insane due to last week’s snowstorm and the rush of last-minute shoppers. Stay home, but still shop locally, by taking advantage of South End favorite Lekker’s free shipping offer on its funky European housewares.

Hannah Montana continues her reign of terror sellout concert dates by rocking Worcester’s DCU Center.

New Year’s Eve is a little more than a week away, and you’re not sure what kind of bubbly to sip when 2008 begins. Take a break from the holiday rush and conduct some research at Aujourd’hui. The chic restaurant offers a selection of sparkling wines every Friday night.

Irving Berlin may have dreamed of a White Christmas, but after three snowstorms in eight days we’re over it. If you can’t get enough of the white stuff, check out White Christmas at the Wang.

We don’t like it when people keep secrets. Which is why we’re telling you about Sub Rosa. Somerville-based songstress Rose Polenzani brings local musicians together at the Lizard Lounge for an impromptu session of music and interviews.

We’re not sure if PETA is okay with dressing your pet in expensive terry sweatsuits. Find out an Neiman Marcus’s Juicy Crittoure event, which features Juicy Couture’s pet line and doggie photo shoots. Fierce.

It’s your last chance to see this year’s edition of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan. The radio host brings together some of his favorite musicians and dancers to celebrate Christmas in a low-key way.

Why is the Boston area under attack by tween pop bands? The Jonas Brothers bring their shaggy-haired pop-rock to the Somerville Theater. We wonder if Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana) will stop by to see the performance by her rumored boyfriend Nick Jonas. Great, now we’ll never get to sleep tonight.

By now, you should have your shopping done. Presents should be wrapped and ready to go. But if they’re not, take a trip down to New Haven, CT for the Celebration of American Crafts. More than 400 artists from around the country peddle their wares for the last-minute shoppers who can’t bear to buy fistfuls of gift cards for their loved ones.

Christmas shows usually bring out Santa Claus and modern carols. Get a taste of the Balkan holidays at The Christmas Revels, which brings out the folk traditions from Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, and Bosnia.

For many, their idea of holiday dance is always The Nutcracker. See the Boston favorite before Christmas to get the full effect.

Still others can’t handle a holiday without the Boston Pops. Have a few drinks and sing along to many of your favorites at Holiday Pops. Just don’t start any fights.

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