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5 things to do in and around town this week

Shopping by moonlight, tunes for tykes, and more.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

December 13


Nothing says “holiday season” like late-night shopping. But forgo the mall (and panic) in favor of Cambridge merchants open from 6 p.m. until midnight at Shop Inman by Moonlight. Information on shops and discounts at

December 14-16


If one were to film a Jane Austen adaptation in Massachusetts, it would simply have to be set at Gore Place, an 1806 Federal-style mansion in Waltham. Indeed, whilst Christopher Gore was building his estate — and his career as governor of Massachusetts and a US senator — Austen was writing the drafts of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. So it’s fitting that Gore Place is now hosting its annual Jane Austen Holiday Tea and Tour, which starts at 1 p.m. with sandwiches and sweets and concludes with a tour of the home. The theme is “Men in Austen’s Time.” We regret to report that Mr. Darcy will attend only in spirit. Tickets are $45, purchase in advance. 781-894-2798;

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Gifted children, accompanied by lustrous voices bring Langston Hughes vision of Black Nativity to life this holiday season.

December 14-22


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The Gospel of St. Luke, the poetry of Langston Hughes, and the spirit of Christmas combine at Black Nativity, a beloved musical in its 42d season, at Northeastern University’s Blackman Auditorium. Tickets from $18. 800-514-3849;

Alastair Moock holiday extravaganza at Coolidge Corner Theater, a concert for kids.

December 15


Local folk musician Alastair Moock only started performing for kids in 2009, but he’s already developed a reputation as a Tom Waits for your tots, a Woody Guthrie for your progeny. Join him and special guests at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for Alastair Moock’s Holiday Extravaganza at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids. 617-734-2500;

December 15-16


For nearly a century, William Flagg Homer’s mansion has headquartered the Belmont Woman’s Club; before that, it was the backdrop for works by American icon Winslow Homer, whose uncle owned it. At the first ever Winslow Homer Holiday House, expect caroling, self-guided tours (including a display of Winslow’s original engravings), and general merrymaking. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids. 617-484-4892;

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