SANTA MOUSE A little mouse with no name who lives in a big house gives Santa a special gift on Christmas Eve. The mouse with no name becomes . . . Santa Mouse, the pudgy guy’s special helper. Presented by Wayne Martin Puppets. Dec. 22-24 at 10:30 a.m. $10. Recommended for ages 3 and older. The Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400. www.puppetshowplace.org
JCC KIDS’ CHOICE DECEMBER During school vacation kids will keep busy selecting daily activities. Choices include swimming, arts and crafts, dance, drama, cooking, and rock wall climbing. Dec. 26-30 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $105-$120 per day, $555 for five days (registration required; lunch available for purchase; for grades K-6). Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-558-6529. www.jccgb.org/schoolvacations
NEVERLAND THEATRE HOLIDAY SHOW Adult and child actors deliver holiday songs; Frosty and the Grinch make an appearance; you join in the fun. Dec. 28 at 3 p.m. (through Jan. 1; call for information about vacation week tea parties). $12, $10 under 12. Griffen Theatre, 7 Lynde St., Salem. 978-500-8832. www.neverlandtheatre.com
BEACON HILL BELL RINGERS Margaret Nichols had her first bell-ringing lesson in 1900 and went to London with her father in 1902 to continue her studies. Nichols taught the craft to her children, and on Christmas Eve in 1924 they started the tradition of bell ringing on Beacon Hill. Grandson Arthur Shurcliff still rings with the group that will play “Joy to the World,’’ “Jingle Bells,’’ and other holiday songs. Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 3 Louisburg Square, Beacon Hill, Boston. 781-444-5119.
TOWNE STOVE AND SPIRITS Restaurant specials will cover two holidays. On Christmas Eve there’s octopus carpaccio and baccala fritters. On New Year’s Eve it’s pan-roasted dover sole. Dec. 24 and 31 from 5:30-11 p.m. $18 (octopus carpaccio), $15 baccala fritters on Dec. 24; $55 (dover sole) on Dec. 31. Towne Stove and Spirits, 900 Boylston St., Boston. 617-247-0400. www.towneboston.com
TOP OF THE HUB The only competition for this four-course dinner is the view of our city. Executive chef Mark Porcaro prepares salmon gravlax, Muscovy duck breast, gingerbread cheesecake, and more. The lounge serves the Steve Soares Trio from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 24 from 4-10 p.m. $82, $35 under 12. Reservations recommended. Top of the Hub, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-1775. www.opentable.com
TUBBY THE TUBA: A PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES The Cupcake Philharmonic is such a sweet name, isn’t it? And even sweeter is the selection they will play at the Boston Public Library. Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org/central/calendar