Medford native Courtney Grassia is performing in this year's

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Medford native Courtney Grassia is performing in this year's "Radio City Christmas Spectacular."

Director Caitlin Lowans (center, in black) directs a theatrical adaptation of The Nutcracker at the Stoneham Theater.

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Director Caitlin Lowans (center, in black) directs a theatrical adaptation of "The Nutcracker" at the Stoneham Theater.

There's a DVD for everyone on your gift list, including DreamWorks'

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

There's a DVD for everyone on your gift list, including DreamWorks's "Kung Fu Panda 2."

Finnish director Jalmari Helander’s darkly comic

Finnish director Jalmari Helander’s darkly comic "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" opens the Alt-Xmas series at the Brattle Theatre.

Pianist Jim Brickman gives us the keys to the season's sound at the Wilbur Theatre.

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Pianist Jim Brickman gives us the keys to the season's sound at the Wilbur Theatre.

Amateur choruses like

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Amateur choruses like "Musica Sacra" prepare for the upcoming holiday season.

Our critics give their top picks for what to see and experience this holiday season in the worlds of theater, dance, movies, DVDs, classical music, and pop music.

DVD REVIEWS

DVD holiday shopping guide

Decisions, decisions. If your gift-giving budget runs close to Bob Cratchit’s, consider these titles.

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Holiday alternatives at the Brattle Theatre

The malls would like us to believe that it’s never too early to starting thinking about the holidays. That’s debatable.