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Haverhill: Spotlight Playhouse is staging its fourth season of live radio plays. The classic tale of “A Christmas Carol” includes Scrooge and holiday redemption, as told in a 1940s-style radio studio with live actors, music, and sound effects. Through Dec. 9. Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St. $15, $13 child/senior. www.spotlightplayhouse.org.
Medford: Joel LaRue Smith leads the Tufts Jazz Orchestra in a concert of dance music from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” capturing a blend of jazz and Latin music that will have the audience singing some famous American stage melodies. Saturday, 8 p.m. Goddard Chapel, 3 Green Road. Free. 617-627-3427, as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter .
Revere: Music director Robert Lehmann conducts the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra in the annual Robert A. Marra Memorial “Sounds of Christmas” concert, featuring a program of holiday-themed classical music. Singer Jillian Martin performs and will lead the audience in the traditional sing-along. Sunday, 4 p.m. St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St. Free, donations of nonperishable food requested. 781-289-1234, www.nspo.org.
Rockport: Santa will arrive by lobster boat at Bradley Wharf on Bearskin Neck, following a brisk ride across Sandy Bay. Then he will climb up onto a fire truck and proceed along Bearskin Neck to Dock Square, led by Rockport Cub Scouts and the strolling Cape Ann Jazz Band. Saturday, 3:45 p.m. Dock Square. Free. 978-546-8540, www.christmasinrockport.com.