Practice, play, perform Little ones can mingle with the cast of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” experience a performance of New England Conservatory musicians, take a class with the Boston Ballet School, and learn what it takes to get a production from script to stage. Children will also be able to rehearse, dress, build sets, and perform at the Boston Children’s Museum. Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $14, children under 1 and members free. 308 Congress St.617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
The 28th annual Boston Christmas Festival offers a wide array of festive activities from a gingerbread house competition, which will benefit Housing Families, to shopping at an expansive gift center featuring handcrafted items from more than 300 providers from around the country. Meet the artisans, get in the Christmas groove, and kick start the season. Nov. 7-9. Tickets: $15 adults, free kids under 14. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd. 617-385-5000. www.bostonchristmasfestival.com
The Incredible Jojo Children can let their wild sides come out at this screening of “The Incredible Adventures of Jojo” (and his annoying sister Avila) at the Boston International Kids Film Festival. Nov. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. $10. Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-5700. www.incrediblejojo.com
Through the Artist’s Eye The Guild of Boston Artists is holding a four-part Art Discovery class for kids in the guild’s art gallery. The classes will help children see the works of art through the artist’s perspective along with demonstrations and sessions led by some of the guild’s artists,who will explore the emotional aspects of art. Children will be allowed to paint Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. 162 Newbury St.. 617-536-7660. www.guildofbostonartists.org
Brunch WITH BRITNEY In a belated celebration of Britney Spears Day, Back Bay Harry’s is hitting it one more time and swapping its usual atmosphere for a Britney-themed experience for its Super Fan Sundays brunch series. Enjoy a three-course champagne brunch, listen to Britney’s hit songs, watch her videos, and snap some pictures in the “schoolgirl” photo booth. There will be a red carpet, of course. Sponsored by Moet & Chandon and Belvedere. Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $35. 142 Berkeley St. 617-424-6711. www.backbayharrys.com.
in FINE SPIRITS Gather around for a night of cocktails at the third annual “The Thing” gala. Come in your finest attire (black-tie optional) and sip on adult beverages prepared by some of the top bartenders from the city’s finest bars, lounges, and restaurants. This is the first event of Thirst Boston, , a four-day cocktail festival for those 21 and older. Nov. 7, 8 p.m.-midnight. $95. Fairmont Copley Plaza: Venetian and Oval rooms, 138 St. James Ave. 617-267-5300. www.thirstboston.com
Fruitlands Museum Craft Beer Tasting Enjoy a wide variety of New England ales and lagers amid the beauty of the Nashua River Valley. Among the local breweries sampling their craft will be Baxter Brewery, Berkshire Brewing Company, Cape Ann Brewing Company, Cisco Brewers, People’s Pint, Pretty Things, and Tuckerman's Brewery. Fireside Catering of Gibbet Hill Grill will be offering hors d’oeuvres throughout the event. Nov. 8, 3-5 p.m. Bonfire at 5 p.m. Tickets: $45 members, $50 nonmembers, $10 designated drivers, $55 at the door (advance purchase suggested). 102 Prospect Hill Road. Harvard 978-456-3924. www.fruitlands.org
FREE TO BE Gluten free Having trouble finding healthy and gluten-free alternatives to your favorite pastas? Instructors Leah Dickerson and Loni Zelfon are guiding a single-session cooking class on the techniques used in crafting fine handmade pastas from vegetables and gluten-free grains. Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m. $55 nonmembers, $47 members, $18 materials. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St. 617-267-4430. www.bcae.orgAndrew.Bourque can be reached at email@example.com