Keeping track of a landmark
South Station History Tour We walk through it often, maybe even every day, to get where we need to go. We rely on its food court for a pick-me-up on our commute and rely even more on the public transit, but have we ever stopped to think how South Station came to be? Tours are held the first Saturday of the month; meet at the concierge desk. Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. Free.
South Station, corner of Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue. 617-217-2236. www.south-station.net
Brookline Snowflake Festival Returning to the Brookline Arts Center is this annual festival of artwork and activities. Enjoy cookie decorating, snowman making, a pottery sale, discounts on winter classes, and this year a cake to mark the center's 50th anniversary. Jan. 3, noon-4 p.m. Free admission. Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth St. Brookline. 617-566-5715. www.brooklineartscenter.com
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The folks at Neverland Theater are treating the folks of Greater Boston to a retelling of the children’s classic story of love, morals, family, and chocolate. Enjoy a non-musical adaptation as it takes you to the special factory, down the chocolate river, and into the glass elevator. Jan. 1-4. Performance times vary. Tickets: $13. Temple B’Nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. 978-500-8832. www.neverlandtheatre.com
Winter Rainforest at Franklin Park Zoo Don't have time to make that family trip to somewhere tropical to shake off the cold of Boston? No worries: Franklin Park Zoo's Tropical Forest is wrapping up this week with three final days of exotic flora and fauna fun for the whole family! Take in lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, hungry hippos, and many more favorite safari creatures before it's too late. Ends Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. Tickets: adult/$17.95, senior/$14.95, child/$11.95, children under 2 and members/free. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road. 617-541-5466. www.zoonewengland.org
Ice Skating at the Boston Harbor HOTEL
As part of its Winter on the Wharf festivities, the Boston Harbor Hotel is presenting, yet again, its picturesque skating rink located under the iconic archway. Until March 15, you and your loved ones still have plenty of chances to skate into the new year and maybe even end up with next year’s Christmas card. Ends March 15 at 5 p.m. Admission: $10/adults, $5/children. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf.
Lawn on D Fire and Ice Fest Boston's local park (not just for kids) is kicking off 2015 with its inaugural event of the winter season. The Fire and Ice Fest will feature both an ice labyrinth and fire performers, an ice bar and free piping hot chowder, hot cocoa and fire pits and more! Jan. 2-4. Free admission. Lawn on D, South Boston. www.lawnond.com
Men of the Strip Things will heat up over at the Wilbur Theater when male entertainers come together for a fresh take on the "male revue." Created by Grammy-nominated Jeff Timmons and Emmy-nominated Glenn Douglas Packard, the show features modern choreography and little clothing. For all the ladies (and lads) who aren't too shy to see some skin. Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. $35-$68. Wilbur Theater, 246 Tremont St. 617-248-9700. www.thewilbur.com
Opening of Adams and Revere Time Capsule Curators at the MFA will reveal some of Boston's history with the unveiling of the contents of the time capsule found encased in stone in the Gold Lion at the Old State House. The contents are a mystery, but the historic figures responsible for their placement are not.
Jan. 6, 6 p.m. press conference. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
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