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What’s Up This Weekend: Dec. 18 & 19

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Christmas Revels 2009 (credit: revels.org)

Christmas Revels 2009 (credit: revels.org)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Looking for some seasonal activities this weekend for the family? Here are some ideas from CBSBoston.

Holiday Delights

http://GloucesterStage.org

The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops presents Holiday Delights. This family holiday event features 30 young artists ages 6 to 16. It’s playing at the Gloucester Stage in Gloucester and was written, produced and directed by Heidi Dallin. Holiday Delights is about the importance of family traditions, from your own family to other families, no matter how different they may be. The Gloucester Stage is located at 267 East Main Street in Gloucester. There are shows Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for students, and children under 12 are $6.

Holiday Ice Show

http://kendallsquare.org/

The outdoor skating season at Kendall Square Community Skating kicks into full swing with a free holiday skating show on Saturday. Frozen Frog Productions puts on the show at 2 p.m. and then again at 6 p.m. Public skating at the outdoor rink is free for the day starting at 11 a.m., right through 9 p.m. (with the exception of ice show time). Carolers will entertain at 3:30. Kendall Square Community Skating is located at 300 Athenaeum Street in Cambridge. There is also free skating on Sunday at the Kelly Outdoor Rink in Jamaica Plain.

Christmas By Candelight

http://www.osv.org/

“Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride” at Old Sturbridge Village. Learn about the history of Christmas cards, exchanging gifts, hanging stockings, Christmas trees, mistletoe, candy canes and more. Events run between 4 and 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday evening. Tickets are $14 per person, with free admission for kids under three. Old Sturbridge village is located at 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road in Sturbridge, Mass.

Black Nativity

http://BlackNativity.org

This holiday season you don’t want to miss Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity. It’s playing on the campus of Northeastern University at the Blackman Auditorium in Ell Hall. This production is produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists and engulfs you in the thunderous rhythm of African drums and a gospel choir. Black Nativity runs Saturday at 3 and 9 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 3:30. Tickets start at $18. Northeastern University is located at 342 Huntington Avenue in Boston. Log on to http://www.BlackNativity.org or call 617-585-6366.

Aardvark Jazz

http://AardvarkJazz.com

It’s a Boston holiday tradition. The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra presents their 38th Christmas Concert at Emmanuel Church in Boston. It takes place Saturday night at 8 and will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Emmanuel Church. Music and carols from many traditions will be performed, including an arrangement of O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Music Director Mark Harvey. As has been their tradition, proceeds from this year’s performance will benefit a deserving cause. This year’s recipient is the Boston Public Quartet music education program at the Chittick Elementary School in Boston. Emmanuel Church is located at 15 Newbury Street in Boston. Tickets are $15. Log on to http://www.AardvarkJazz.com or call 617-776-8778.

Christmas Revels

http://Revels.org

For 40 years the Christmas Revels has been celebrating the coming of the Winter Solstice. And this year they’re back with a return to Haddon Hall, the English medieval manor that was the setting for the very first Christmas Revels. This is truly an audience participation production with carols and rounds for all to sing, along with poetry, dances and a mummers play from medieval, Renaissance and Victorian times. The Christmas Revels is playing at the Sander’s Theater at Harvard University through December 29. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $15 for children under 11. Christmas Revels is sponsored, in part, by WBZ New Radio 1030 and TV38. To order tickets log on to http://www.Revels.org or call 617-972-8300.

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