5 things to do this weekend, including “The Christmas Revels” and a celebration of lights

The year is drawing to a close, as is my fellowship with the WBUR Arts and Culture team. Hope you enjoyed my weekly roundup of events and that this list has helped you get to know the community better. This week, I leave you with my latest event suggestions for 2021. From a celebration of lights to a song, to Holiday Pops and a play, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Happy holidays and stay warm!

Until January 2

This driving light show is the perfect opportunity for you to experience the joy of the holidays and maintain a safe social distance with others. There will be over a mile of glittering LED light displays leading you to a 90 foot Christmas tree. This light show is available locally in Waltham and Lancaster. While you’re browsing, you can also tune in to the radio and listen to vacation tunes to set the mood.

Until January 1

“Passing Strange” returns to Boston after almost a decade. The theatrical musical performance centers on a man’s wild journey through self-discovery where he explores the topics of sex, politics, love and loss. The musical aspect includes the mixture of gospel, jazz, blues, punk and rock. The duration is two and a half hours with an intermission and it will be performed at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

The cast of “Passing Strange” by Moonbox Productions. (Courtesy of Nikolai Alexander)

Until December 29

Each year the Cambridge Revels community comes together at the Sanders Theater at Harvard University to celebrate the holiday season with songs, dances and traditional stories from different cultures. The 90-minute show will combine forces with the Urban Nutcracker from the City Ballet of Boston, making the show a mix of street dancing and traditional English dance. If you are unable to attend a live performance, the virtual broadcast will be available from December 30 to January 30. 9.

The Christmas Revelations 2021 set. (Courtesy of Shep Ferguson)
The Christmas Revelations 2021 set. (Courtesy of Shep Ferguson)

Until December 24

The Boston Pops will perform their favorite holiday songs alongside the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and lead a happy song at Symphony Hall. The concert, which lasts approximately 2 hours, features classics like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and holiday songs from other countries, like “Villancico Mexicano”. There will also be a visit from Santa to add the perfect amount of holiday magic as well as holiday decorations to the room.

Sunday December 26-Wednesday December 29

You don’t know the lyrics to “The Sound of Music”? No problem! This song gives you the ability to read the lyrics on the screen so you can work your way through “My Favorite Things”. If you haven’t warmed up your vocal cords in a while, the host will walk you through a vocal warm up before you begin. Costumes are strongly encouraged, and you also get a free gift bag with content you can use throughout the movie.

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