Boston-area events


“HOLIDAY DELIGHTS” To learn about traditions, a young girl and Mrs. Claus visit the March Sisters from “Little Women,” a contemporary family celebrating Hanukkah, an Italian fishing family marking the holidays in Gloucester, and more. Presented by Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops. Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. (through Dec. 16). $15, $12 seniors, $8 students, $6 under 12. Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. 978-281-4433.

“THE VELVETEEN RABBIT” Margaret Williams’s novel about friendship and love comes to life in a production by Boston Children’s Theatre. Dec. 15, 16, 22, 23 at 2 p.m. (and Dec. 22 at noon). $25. Benjamin Franklin Institute, 41 Berkeley St., Boston. 617-424-6634, ext. 222.

INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION Activities and performers from around the world celebrate cultures and traditions. Dec. 15,
10 a.m.-noon. Free. Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-635-4505.


ALASTAIR MOOCK’S FAMILY HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA Be ready to get into the act with this Boston roots musician and the Fayerweather Street School Chorus. Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. $9.75, $7.75 kids. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. $9.75, $7.75 kids. 617-734-2501.



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FINDING YOUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS Bring your Web search skills to the BPL where you’ll learn to use passenger lists and other immigration documents. Dec. 13 from 4-5 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Johnson Building, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.

“GARDENS AGLOW” Look for a giant carousel horse and dancing lights, enjoy music and dance performances, and say hi to the guy in the red suit in his Model T. Fri-Sun from 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 23. $10, $5 children. Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich. 508-888-3300. www.heritage

LEXINGTON TEA PARTY At this first re-enactment, Rev. Peter Meek will deliver Rev. Jonas Clarke’s 1773 public resolution, and you can help Minutemen toss tea into the bonfire. Coffee and hot chocolate follow the musket salute. Dec. 15 at 3 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Munroe Tavern, 1332 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. 781-862-1703.

WINSLOW HOMER HOLIDAY HOUSE See illustrations of skating and sledding at the artist’s residence. Santa is scheduled to arrive Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and 16 (noon-4 p.m.). $5, $3 kids, free under 6. Homer House, 661 Pleasant St., Belmont. 617-484-4892.