Friday, December 6

Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound through singing and playing, during this multi-sensory workout. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity based on the weather and season either in the Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. Recommended for ages 2-6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Book Corner with Mary Westgate. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10:30-11 a.m. A fun, music-filled story-time with Berkshire Hills Music Academy’s Mary Westgate reading through a selection of braille picture books. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

First Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. Non-perishable food donations for local pantries accepted on this evening of free discovery. Special ‘Meet the Scientists’ program from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. discoveryacton.org.

Festival of Lights. Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main St., Worcester. 4:30-9 p.m. Enjoy food trucks, live music, ice skating, street performers, tree lighting, and more during this celebration of the season. Free. worcesterma.gov.

Festive Frolic. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 5-8 p.m. Explore this year’s inspiring Festival of Trees by the twinkling lights illuminating every tree during special hours, with ornament crafting and hot apple cider. Members $3, nonmembers $5, ages under 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

Illuminus Festival. Financial District (High, Summer, Federal streets and Milton Place), Boston. 5-11 p.m. Local artists turn downtown Boston into an immersive art experience, using well-known buildings as canvases at this free nighttime festival. Visitors can play in pools of colored light, engage with thought-provoking works, and move to the beat of live beat DJs, all while sipping cups of hot cocoa. Free. illuminusboston.org/2019.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Newton Cultural Center at City Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave., Newton. 6 p.m. Enjoy a community sing-a-long, refreshments, and tree lighting with Mayor Fuller on the front steps of City Hall. Free. newtoncommunitypride.org.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 7 p.m. The world’s most famous reindeer flies into Boston during this musical performance featuring Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster and more. $43+. bochcenter.org.

Boston Pops Holiday Tour. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 8 p.m. Join the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart for their sparkling and beloved Holiday Pops concert. $59-129. thehanovertheatre.org.

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Saturday, December 7

Santa Claus Pancake Breakfast. Bay Path Regional High School, 57 Old Muggett Hill Rd., Charlton. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast before meeting Saint Nick. A 5x7 photo with Santa included with breakfast. Admission $5, children under 5 free. baypath.net. 

Holiday Pops: Sensory Friendly Concert. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 10 a.m. This sensory-friendly concert designed for families with members diagnosed with autism or sensory sensitivities. $25-80. bso.org.

Teddy Bear Tea. Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St., Worcester. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your favorite stuffed friend to this annual holiday celebration featuring a puppet show, Bingo with Mrs. Claus, crafts and activities. Sandwiches, cocoa and cookies served. Reservations required. Adults $15, children $12, members $12 and $10. Kids under 3 free. worcesterhistory.org. 

Public Works Open House. Framingham Public Works, 100 Western Ave., Framingham. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Touch-a-truck exhibit, arts and crafts, games and light refreshments. Clothing, hygiene products and non-perishable food donations accepted. Free. framinghamma.gov. 

Wild About Winter. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy indoor sock skating, winter-inspired science and crafts for toddlers to teens, and try your hand at building a winter shelter that’s just your size. Free with admission. Adults $18, youth $14, members and children under 2 free. ecotarium.org. 

Swedish Yuletide. Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A Scandinavian holiday celebration and fair featuring performances, foods, and crafts. $10, ages under 13 free. boston.swea.org.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 10 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. The world’s most famous reindeer flies into Boston during this musical performance featuring Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster and more. $43+. bochcenter.org.

Beyond the Spectrum: Amazing Abstracting. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Look at examples of abstract paintings and prints, and create your own abstract prints during this adventure in art for children on the autism spectrum. $9. mfa.org.

9th Annual Holiday House Tour. Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with a tour of seven of Concord’s most beautiful private homes. Members $45, nonmembers $55. concordmuseum.org.

Festival of Lights. Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main St., Worcester. 1-7 p.m. Enjoy local vendors, performances, ice skating, a brilliantly lit tree, and more during this celebration of the season. Free. worcesterma.gov.

Holiday Tour. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 2 p.m. Look for themes of fellowship and celebration on this docent-guided tour focused on merry-making. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 4-17 $8, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.

Mrs. Claus & Snowman Puppets. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 2-3 p.m. Share a story with Mrs. Claus and make some snowman popsicle stick puppets before searching for the library’s little green elf hiding somewhere on a library shelf. For ages 12 and under. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.

We Can Be Heroes. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 2-4 p.m. Discover and share the traits that mark a hero, and create a unique holiday ornament featuring your own hero to take home. For ages 5 and up. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $13, youths 4 and up $6, children under 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

Downtown Winter Stroll. Downtown Leominster. 3-5 p.m. See beautifully-decorated store windows, enjoy music, do some shopping. Parade of Lights at 5 p.m., tree lighting follows on the common. Free. leominster-ma.gov.

Memories on Main. Main St., Fitchburg. 3-7 p.m. Hayrides, hot drinks, food, and music are all part of this festive day. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, stories with Mrs. Claus and pictures with Santa. The evening ends with the holiday tree lighting. Free. reimaginenom.com.

Diane Kelly Presents Holiday Spectacular. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 6 p.m. Enjoy this upbeat holiday variety show featuring dancing snowmen, singing elves, and the finest singers, dancers, and actors of all ages in Worcester. $28-34. thehanovertheatre.org.

Atlantic Wind Symphony Christmas Concert. Machlan Auditorium, 338 Main St., South Lancaster. 7 p.m. A fun family holiday concert including Santa Claus. Free. thayerconservatory.org. 

Christmas Parade of Lights. Main St., Spencer. 7-10 p.m. Watch as a parade of festively-lit floats makes it way down Main Street. Free. spencerma.gov.  

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Sunday, December 8

Sensory-Friendly Sunday. USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown. 9-10 a.m. Learn about the incredible history of America’s Ship of State in a quieter setting without loud sounds or flashing lights. Register ahead. Donations appreciated. usscm.org.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 10 a.m., 1 p.m., & 4 p.m. The world’s most famous reindeer flies into Boston during this musical performance featuring Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster and more. $43+. bochcenter.org.

Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. This award-winning band returns for its highly anticipated annual Coolidge Corner Theatre show featuring audience participation and original songs. Adults $13.50, children $10.50. coolidge.org.

Wild About Winter. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy indoor sock skating, winter-inspired science and crafts for toddlers to teens, and try your hand at building a winter shelter that’s just your size. Free with admission. Adults $18, youth $14, members and children under 2 free. ecotarium.org. 

Little Women Victorian Holiday Fair. Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman St., Waltham. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with craft-making activities, Victorian holiday card making, holiday treats, and a visit from Santa. Families $20. historicnewengland.org.

White Christmas in West Brookfield. Town Common, Main St., West Brookfield. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride or stroll Main Street and beyond during this day filled with local tradition, family entertainment, and the warmth and spirit of the holiday season. Free. 

ARTfull Explorations. deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 1-3 p.m. Explore deCordova with the whole family. Investigate new ideas and unique materials inspired by the themes and artists on view. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, ages 12 and under free. deCordova.org.

Assumption College Chorale. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 2 p.m. Listen to the sounds of the season with this holiday performance by the Assumption College Chorale in the Museum’s Renaissance Court. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 4-17 $8, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.

Special Storytime: Julia Denos & EB Goodale. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join the author-illustrator team behind the book ‘Here and Now’ that explores identity, curiosity, and guided meditation. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

Berkshire Concert Choir. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 3:30 p.m. Join Pittsfield’s own Berkshire Concert Choir as they perform a program of Christmas music from early Renaissance to contemporary compositions. Free. berkshiremuseum.org.

Youth Ensemble of New England Christmas Concert. Evangelical Congregational Church, 793 Main St., Lancaster. 4 p.m. Enjoy seasonal favorites for orchestra. Free. thayerconservatory.org. 

Odaiko New England 25th Anniversary Extravaganza. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Experience the art of Taiko, or Japanese Drumming, during this New England performance extravaganza. Early bird $20, at-door $25. regenttheatre.com.