2015 Holiday Arts Preview

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told” set designer Rogin Farrer and director Allison Benko in the work-shop at Gloucester Stage.

Laurie Swope for The Boston globe

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told” set designer Rogin Farrer and director Allison Benko in the work-shop at Gloucester Stage.

A high-speed tour of the classics

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told’’ a comedy at Gloucester Stage Dec. 3-20, showcases three characters playing actors who decide to put on a show that’s a mash-up of many holiday tales.By Don Aucoin

Choreographer José Mateo with dancers.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre takes its ‘Nutcracker’ to a bigger stage

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, José Mateo Ballet Theatre has special plans for “The Nutcracker”: With new sets and updated costumes, the company takes its holiday classic to downtown Boston for the first time in 15 years, performing in Emerson College’s 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre.

SCENE HERE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/29crit2.jpg Holiday screenings bring traditional and offbeat fare

The holiday season offers a bonanza for movie lovers, with traditional and oddball fare ranging from “The Nutcracker” to “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/67505_005.jpg Holiday TV picks

Charlie Brown, naturally, heads the list of this year’s holiday television picks.

Dance

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Critic’s picks for holiday-themed dance performances in the Boston area and beyond.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/13/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/RudolphFamilyandSanta.jpg Holiday theater picks

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to holiday-themed theater productions around the Boston area.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Christina-Concertmaster.jpg Holiday classical music picks

A sampling of holiday-themed classical music programs in the greater Boston area and beyond.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/GettyImages453444994.jpg Holiday pop music picks

There is no shortage of festive musical ways to ring in the holidays including pop, soul, and country performances.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/minion4.jpg Disc options for holiday giving

Here are top releases on disc this holiday season.

Special section

Museums special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/ryan_ica5_met.jpg What’s happening in local museums

Exploring how we keep museums vital today, plus a look at Vermeer groupies, late-night museum-going, and, of course, things to see and do.

Chill

Chill 2015

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/05/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/snow%20cover2%20-%208.2.jpg Make this the mother of all winters

Grab your skis, snowboard, fat bike, climbing gear — and appetite — and head for the hills.

Local galleries

Galleries

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/22/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Untitled-5-002.jpg Memorials, ethereal and elegiac, at Boston University

Current shows at BU’s galleries evoke French servicemen lost during World War I, and evoke tensions of shadows and light.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/04/11/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/DennisHlynsky_Brute_Pink.jpg The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for what is happening locally in the arts world.