Holiday classic

There's an argument to be made that the greatest holiday movie of all is A Christmas Story, the 1983 charmer based on the childhood memoirs of radio great Jean Shepherd. The story of a lad in late-'30s/early '40s Indiana who only wants a Red Ryder BB gun ("You'll shoot your eye out!") screens at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Time: 2 p.m. Tickets: $9; $7 seniors & students; $5 under 13. Information: 610-917-0223 or


Merry music

Conductor David Charles Abell leads the Philly Pops in Holiday Pops! with soprano Angela Brown, three choirs, and Peter Conte at the organ, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $26 to $111. Information: 215-893-1999 or


God bless us, every one

Walnut Street Theatre for Kids presents a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. Times: 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $10 to $16. Information: 215-574-3550 or


Having a party

Sure, it's set on New Year's Eve, but Strauss' operetta Die Fledermaus is a frothy confection of mistaken identity and frivolity that's perfect anytime. A film of the Vienna State Opera's 2011 production screens at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr. Time: Noon. Tickets: $20; $18 students. Information: 610-527-9898 or