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13 Great Deals on Boston Area Holiday Events

The Mayor's Holiday Spectacular has discounts on plays, concerts and other holiday-themed events.

The Nutcracker. File photo.
The Nutcracker. File photo.
By Roberto Scalese

The holiday season is upon us, and that means tons of concerts, plays, events, festivals and more in Boston and the surrounding area.

The Mayor's Holiday Spectacular is a partnership with Mayor Thomas Menino, ArtsBoston and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau to make some of these festive events a little more affordable for families. 

You can find scores of great deals at mayorsholiday.com, but here are 10 deals to whet your appetite. Follow the links for dates, times, pricing and more details:

1. $10, First Night ButtonsOutdoor First Night events are free, but you'll need a button for a break from the cold in one of the indoor events

2. FREE, $10 restaurant voucher:
 Spend $40 at one of the participating restaurants and take $10 off the bill with this printable voucher. And we're talking about some swank places, like Brasserie JO, Rowe's Wharf and Osaka in Brookline.

3. Half price: Sing-Along Mary Poppins: Think you reallyknow all the words to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?" Prove it at this sing-along performance of the classic children's film at Arlington's Regent Theater.

4. Half price: A Christmas Story, The MusicalJean Shepard's book about one Christmas in his youth was made into a cult classic film. Now see the story set to music on and Wang Theater stage.

5. Half price: Holiday Pops: Join the Pops as they play some of your favorite holiday sons in Symphony Hall. Santa may drop by for a visit!

6. FREE: Blink! A Holiday Light and Sound Extravaganza:Head over to Faneuil Hall for this light and music show.

7. Half price: Black Nativity: This program sets the story of the nativity to song and dance performed at Northeastern University's Blackman Auditorium.

8. Half price: It's A Wonderful Life Radio Play: You know the movie by heart, now hear it come alive in this creative radio play performed at Wheelock College's Family Theater.

9. Half price, Disney On Ice: Watch all of your favorite Disney characters lace up the skates and dance in this time-honored classic, set this year at the Agganis Arena.

And then there are all the half-price Nutcrackers!

10. By The Boston Ballet at the Boston Opera House
By the Hanover Theater in Worcester

11. By Jose Matteo Ballet Theater in Duxbury


12. By Jose Matteo Ballet Theater at the Strand Theater


13. And The Urban Nutcracker at the Back Bay Events Center

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