White Reindeer


Friday through Monday
Brattle Theater
40 Brattle St., Cambridge
$8-$10, 617-876-6837


This new Christmas-themed film, directed by Zach Clark tells the story of Suzanne, a successful realtor whose life seems pretty rad until she loses her husband, and, to add insult to injury, finds out he was cheating on her. In an amusing twist, she ends up sort of befriending the mistress, a stripper named Fantasia, as she struggles to process the grief.


The Wicker Man


Saturday, 9 p.m.
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St., Cambridge
$7-$9, 617-495-4700

No, not the silly Nick Cage remake from a few years back, charms thought it may have—this is the original “Wicker Man” from 1971, a much less laughable witchcraft-themed horror film. The Harvard Film Archive has discovered in their vaults a longer cut than American audiences originally got to see, and they’re showing it for the first time here.


Local is for Lovers Holiday Market

Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave., Somerville
Free, 617-718-2191

This holiday crafts fair, a much smaller, more intimate affair than, say, Craftboston (and without the cover charge) exclusively features Somerville artisans, of both the edible and non-edible persuasion—everything from delicious roasted nuts to boutique soaps. As always, you get the dual satisfaction of finding a unique gift and supporting local creativity. As a bonus, musician David Tanklefsky will perform.


Sand Mountain

Sand Mountain

Through Saturday
First Church in Boston
66 Marlborough St., Boston
Pay-what-you-can, 203-530-2343

The new Hub Theater Company closes its first season with this double feature by Romulus Linney. It consists of two holiday-themed one-act plays taking place in the titular Appalachian locale. In the first, a young woman must utilize a medicine woman’s advice to repel three unwanted suitors; in the second, Jesus and Saint Peter stop by for some whisky and storytelling.

The Big Broadcast of 1962

Thursday through Saturday
Regent Theater
7 Medford St., Arlington
$15-$20, 617-669-4391

Intrepid local ensemble the Post Meridian Radio Players, dedicated to the once-prolific art of live radio theater, present an old school radio show with painstaking authenticity, right down to the old-time candy and soda. This show is a play-within-a-play, showing the cast of “the Frank Cyrano Byfar Hour” gearing up for their annual production of “A Christmas Carol”.

The Light Princess

Saturday through January 5
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St., Cambridge
$15, 617-547-8300

Though billed as a children’s musical, this fanciful tale, based on a story by 19th century Scottish fantasy master George MacDonald, should appeal to all ages. It tells of a princess who’s lost her tie to gravity. As usual, this is due to a witch’s curse, and if the curse isn’t lifted by her 16th birthday, she’ll lose her kingdom forever.


Aardvark Jazz Orchestra


Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury St., Boston
$20, 617-776-8778

This lauded local ensemble will perform the complete Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn jazz adaptation of the “Nutcracker” suite—a work rarely performed in its entirely, making this a special treat. In Ellington and Strayhorn’s hands, the Sugar Plum Fairy becomes Sugar Rum Cherry, and the Arabian Dances becomes the Arabesque Cookie. Proceeds benefit the Pine Street Inn.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

Thursday through Sunday
Cutler Majestic Theater
219 Tremont St., Boston
$25-$85, 617-824-8000

WGBH Celtic music DJ Brain O’Donovan returns with his popular annual holiday concert, now in its 11th year of celebrating the season with a uniquely Hibernian flair. Local theater luminary Paula Plum also returns as artistic director and Seamus Eagan as musical director, stacking the evening with more top-shelf Celtic music, singing and dance than you can shake a shillelagh at.


Township 73 Classic Christmas

Saturday and December 28
Improv Boston
40 Prospect St., Cambridge
$12, 617-576-1253

ImprovBoston hosts local sketch troupe Mrs. Peanut, presenting their partially scripted, partially improvised holiday farce, which takes place in the uniquely unmemorable New England village of Township 73, whose annual holiday telethon provides the stage for a series of bizarre public access-style performances by townie entertainers—and anyone from a uniquely unmemorable New England town knows what we’re talking about.


2nd Annual Gingerbread House Competition

Through Sunday
BSA Space
290 Congress St., Boston
Free, 617-391-4039

The Boston Society of Architects hosts this confectionary challenge, a benefit for the Community Design Resource Center. How it works: go down to the gallery, check out the elaborate gingerbread houses on display (submitted by architecture and design firms, schools and individuals), pick your favorite, and make a donation in its honor. Whichever house generates the most donations wins.

Drawn from Within

Through January 3
Chandler Gallery
20 Sacramento St., Cambridge
Free, 617-349-6287 ext. 15

Rather than reaching out for artists for this exhibition, Maud Morgan Arts reached in—specifically into the Agassiz Baldwin Community, of which it’s a part. Many of the staff members of its various branches are themselves artists whose day jobs involve passing the gift of creativity on to others—an art in itself, the practice of which surely informs their personal work.

The Infinite Space of the Possible

Through February 2
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St., Boston
Free, 617-426-5000

This exhibition compiles work by seven artists who work out of the Boston Center for the Arts’ Artist Studios Building. They were asked to submit something which pushed them into new territory as artists, whether by finishing an abandoned project, considering the wider implications of their current explorations or just trying something completely different—a task spurred by collaborative dialogue.


Kid Mountain

Thursday, 9 p.m.
Great Scott
1222 Comm. Ave., Allston
$8, 18+, 800-745-3000

This local indie band’s bio declares that they want you to dance, but their blissful, ethereal, shoegazey pop isn’t particularly dancey. It is beautiful, however—it definitely makes us dance on the inside. Maybe that’s what they mean. Tonight they’re part of a bill jam-packed with other great bands, including Eternal Summers, Bent Shapes, Ghost Modern, Michelle Dugan and Tyeklar Zoard.


Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Sinclair
52 Church St., Cambridge
$12, 18+, 800-745-3000

The mostly longhaired, bearded dudes of Tallahassee make music that defies our efforts at rock critic pigeon holing. An Americana vibe permeates, reminding one now and then of the Fleet Foxes and their ilk, but they’re not as precious—they can rock just as hard as they, erm, folk. Oh, and fun fact: one of them used to play for the Patriots!

Harry and the Potters’ 9th Annual Yule Ball

Sunday, 5 p.m.
Middle East Downstairs
480 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$18-$20, 866-777-8932

The Harry Potter books might be long since finished, but the tongue-in-cheek fan genre of wizard rock—music about or inspired by the books—lives on. Harry and the Potters, instigators of the movement, will be joined by ThePotterPuppet Pals, What Cheer? Brigade, Jason Anderson, Lauren Fairweather, the Whomping Willows and the awesomely namedHalf-Mad Can o' Destroy.