Sometimes a day or night out can be the best holiday gift, whether it’s for a loved one, the kids, or yourself. And in a city as rich in performing arts as Boston, you don’t have to look far for that perfect event. Here’s a handful of suggestions to make your holidays happy.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Boston Children’s Theatre through December 20

We took the kids to the opening of The Velveteen Rabbit last weekend, and we were all very impressed. As with every production by the Boston Children’s Theatre, the actors (and puppeteers!) were incredibly talented, the set was transformative, and the show was just the right length. And while it’s not a holiday story, per se, it’s a children’s classic that certainly resonates with the spirit of the season. A great family outing and perfect for kids who are first-time theatergoers.

Holiday Pops

Symphony Hall through December 24


The Holiday Pops is, hands down, my favorite holiday tradition. We started bringing the kids about three years ago, and since then, it just doesn’t feel like the holiday season until I’ve set foot in Symphony Hall. We always attend the Kid’s Matinees, but there are plenty of shows throughout the season at a variety of times and ticket prices to tailor your Holiday Pops experience to you and yours. The Boston Pops do so much so well, and the Holiday Pops is no exception.

The Nutcracker

Boston Opera House through December 31


The quintessential performing arts experience during the holiday season in Boston. I had the pleasure of speaking with Boston Ballet soloist Sabi Varga about this year’s production, which features a new lighting design from Finnish lighting and set designer Mikki Kunttu. Sabi also spoke about performing in the Nutcracker for over a decade, and how it’s such a wonderful holiday tradition in Boston. Make it part of your tradition this year.

The Christmas Revels

Sanders Theatre through December 27


The Christmas Revels might be the Boston area’s best kept holiday secret. Each year, the program changes and we’re invited to be transported to a new time and place. This year, In Celebration of the Winter Solstice is set in Christmastime past, and draws from Celtic legend and song. Speaking of song, bring your best signing voice, because at the Christmas Revels, you’ll be invited to stand up at your seat and join the Chorus!

Disney On Ice

Agganis Arena December 26 through January 3


Hanukkah and Christmas have come and gone. And the holiday break drags on and on and on. Thank goodness for Disney On Ice. This year’s theme is Treasure Trove, and if it’s anything like last years, your kids are going to be just as entertained as mine were. It’s the perfect way to break up vacation week, so grab your tickets today, wrap ’em up, and toss ’em under the Christmas tree. Or maybe stash them on that high shelf in the closet. You can’t be too safe during the holidays.