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5 things to do in Boston this weekend

The “Urban Nutcracker” comes to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.
The “Urban Nutcracker” comes to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.Peter Paradise

‘Urban Nutcracker’

More than 150 dancers will take the stage starting this Thursday to present Anthony Williams’ holiday show, which is set in Boston. Featuring an array of dance styles and jumping between Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker compositions and the rhythms of artists like Duke Ellington, the show offers a new take on a time-honored tale. (Thursday, Dec. 19 through Saturday, Dec. 28 at various times; Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston; $29 and up; all ages)

Gimme Gimme Disco

You can dance and you can jive while having the time of your life at Gimme Gimme Disco, a ’70s dance party inspired by the music of Swedish supergroup ABBA. Whether you’re looking for a king or simply getting in the swing, you’ll feel the beat from the tambourine at Brighton Music Hall this Thursday. Just remember that while ABBA’s titular Dancing Queen is only 17, Gimme Gimme Disco is an 18+ event. (Thursday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Boston; $10 and up; 18+)

Hanson

’90s kids may find it hard to believe, but it’s been more than 20 years since brotherly trio Hanson captured teen hearts nationwide with the release of “MMMBop” in April 1997. Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson are all grown up now, but they can still work a crowd into a frenzy, which they’ll prove at House of Blues on Friday. (Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $39-55; all ages)

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‘A Super Gay Christmas’

More than 200 chorus members and 16 dancers will let loose during the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus annual extravaganza “A Super Gay Christmas.” Along with festival renditions of traditional carols, the show’s musical selection includes “Funky that Hall,” a spin-off of the Christmas classic “Deck the Halls,” and “A Disco Santa,” a play on “Noel” made famous by Village People. (Friday, Dec. 20, Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.; Jordan Hall, Boston; $25 and up; all ages)

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‘Die Hard’

Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie? Or is it merely a movie that takes place around Christmas? Ultimately, any day is a good day to watch this 1988 Bruce Willis classic, regardless of whether you consider John McClaine’s quest to rid Nakatomi Plaza of terrorists in time to reconcile with his wife for the holidays as Yuletide cinema. Ditch the ho-ho-ho and mistletoe for a yippee ki-yay at the Coolidge Corner on Saturday. (Saturday, Dec. 21 at 11:59 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $13.25; rated R)

KEVIN SLANE, Boston.com

Want more ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city this weekend? Check out five additional things to do from now through Sunday at boston.com/BosTen.