KULHAWIK IN CONCORD: The Concord Orchestra, conducted by Richard Pittman, presents a Holiday Family Concert.
The narrator is Joyce Kulhawik, Emmy-winning arts and entertainment critic for WBZ-TV from 1981 to 2008. Kulhawik will tell the story of Paddington Bear s First Concert with delightful musical accompaniment by the Concord Orchestra.
Performances are Sunday, Dec., 3 at 2 and 4 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord.
The Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Orchestra, under the direction of David Gresko, will join the Concord Orchestra for the finale of Tchaikovsky s Serenade for Strings, and the audience is invited to sing along as the Concord Orchestra performs Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other holiday classics. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children; teddy bears admitted free. For information, visit www.concordorchestra.com or call 978-369-4967.
Plays and ballets for days and days
CLAUS AND CLAWS: The Lowell Humane Society at 951 Broadway Street is hosting its Holiday Bazaar & Photos With Santa this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., each day. For $15, get your pet s photo taken with Santa. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, more, gift baskets for dogs and cats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, pet apparel and more. All proceeds benefit the Lowell Humane Society. All dogs must be on a leash, and cats, rabbits, ferrets and all other small animals in carriers.
TYNGSBORO TREES: The ninth annual Festival of Trees runs Thursday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 3, at Old Town Hall, 10 Kendall Road, with decorated trees on display. On Thursday, there is a private Opening Night Debut & Reception, open to all who donated to the Festival of Trees, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a Paint Night at 7 p.m. On Friday, there is a senior citizens tea at 1 p.m., the Academy of Notre Dame Glee Club will sing at 1:30, Bubbles the Elephant from The Learning Experience will appear at 3:30, cookie decorating for children starts at 4, 5:30 Innovation Academy Charter School musicians will perform at 5:30, followed by Girl Scout Troop 65232 caroling at 6.
There will also be children s crafts ongoing. On Saturday, Bubbles the Elephant will be back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at 4:30, Santa will arrive, the Common trees will be lit, the Tyngsboro High School Holiday Ensemble will perform, Innovation Academy students will sing carols, and there will be children s crafts ongoing all day. The festival is capped off Sunday, with the tree raffle and other prizes drawn at 5 p.m.
JAZZY HOLIDAY AT CCA: The Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1 North Road, has a busy few days coming up. On Friday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m., it s Home for the Holidays with Carrie Marshall and the Adagio Lite Band. Tickets are $20, $15 for CCA members and students; cash bar. On Sunday, Dec. 10, is the Holiday Jazz Jam with hostess Molly Flannery. Purchase tickets at the CCA or at: chelmsfordarts.org.
LOCALS TO PERFORM IN NUTCRACKER: Northeast Dance Center s production of The Nutcracker Ballet returns to Methuen High School s Performing Arts Center for two performances, Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17, both at 1 p.m. Young dancers from across many local studios will bring each character to life through choreography. The party scene is festive, but don t miss the magic when the tree grows, the mice and soldiers battle, the snow falls, and angels herald Clara s arrival to the Land of Sweets, where she is welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy and entertained by dancers representing sweets from around the world. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for children and seniors, and can be ordered by phone (978-758-7160) or at www.northeastdance center.com. Group rates available.
SINGERS SOUGHT FOR CONCERT: Singers are wanted to join with the Central Congregational Church choir for its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. Practice is on Sundays, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The church is located at 1 Worthen Street.
FIDDLING AT THE BULL RUN: The Turning of the Year: A Holiday Celebration with John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally will be held Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at The Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A.
All-Ireland accordion champion John Whelan teams up with American roots band Lily and Scottish-style fiddler McNally for a spectacular holiday mini-fest, featuring traditional and original music from Ireland, Scotland and America.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., for dinner and seating.
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by visiting https://tickets.bullrun restaurant.com, or by calling 978-425-4311.