Five things to do, Dec. 18-31

First Night First Day, Disney on Ice, free period-instrument music, and more.

The Walt Disney Company

Disney on Ice’s Dream Big glides into town for school vacation.

This edition of Your Week Ahead covers two weeks. Look for the next Globe Magazine on December 31.


Friday-Saturday, December 22-23

The cult black comedy Christmas Evil (a.k.a. You Better Watch Out!) comes down the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s chimney. A young boy catches his mother getting more than a kiss from Santa Claus and grows up into an unstable toymaker obsessed with the holiday. Then things turn dark. Singer Fiona Apple’s father, Brandon Maggart, stars. Midnight. $12.25.


Opening Friday, December 22

Disney on Ice’s Dream Bigglides into town for school vacation. The production features princesses old and new, from Snow White (1937) to Belle (above) from 1991’s Beauty and the Beast to the made-for-ice-show Frozen sisters (2013). Non-princess Tinker Bell sets the scene, and acrobatics, jumps, and tricks complete the tales, some seemingly as old as time. At Boston University’s Agganis Arena through January 1. Tickets start at $10.


Wednesday-Friday, December 27-29


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum invites visitors to unwind with Winter Respite, incorporating art, yoga, spa treatments, live jazz, and more. Plants and botanical crafts will take over the Bertucci Education Studio, and paper airplane creations can be launched off a balcony. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Included in museum admission ($15, free for those under 18).


Saturday, December 30

The free Boston Baroque Community Concert, continuing the period-instrument orchestra’s holiday tradition, fills Dorchester’s Strand Theatre with music: Handel’s opera Gloria, featuring soprano Mary Wilson, his Water Music Suite in F, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. 2 p.m. Free; advance tickets required. (The program repeats at Sanders Theatre December 31 and January 1; tickets start at $25.)


Sunday-Monday, December 31-January 1

First Night First Day returns, with music, light displays, family activities, and more. The theme for this year’s ice sculptures is “Enchanted Forest,” with a mobile twist — a scavenger hunt around the Back Bay, available as an app through the event website. New Year’s Eve activities start at noon, the parade at 6 p.m., “Copley Pyrotechnics” at 11:30 p.m., and waterfront fireworks at midnight. The January 1 schedule is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.