Spoonful of sugar Cameron Mackintosh's musical Mary Poppins, based on the classic 1964 Disney film, goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Jan. 4. Tickets are $20 to $95. Call 215-574-3550.
Wonderful, glorious It can't be Christmas without Handel's Messiah. Conductor Matthew Halls leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in the oratorio, with soloists Erin Wall, soprano; Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Bruce Sledge, tenor; and Joshua Hopkins, baritone, along with the Philadelphia Singers Chorale, at 2 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $48 to $124. Call 215-893-1999.
Next, jazz time Eminent trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with rising star vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, perform at 8 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $55 to $185. Call 215-893-1999.
On the beat Acclaimed drummer Lil' John Roberts, the pride of Overbrook High, has had a distinguished career as a sideman for jazz stalwarts such as Herbie Hancock and George Duke, and soul greats such as Stevie Wonder and Patti Labelle. He steps out front with his own group (and sensational singer Avery Sunshine) at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $22.50. Call 215-222-1400.
See the lights Sensational Hasidic hip-hopper Matisyahu gets into the Hanukkah spirit at 8 p.m. at the Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. Tickets are $28.50. Call 215-922-1011.
Variety show The marvelously monikered sketch-comedy troupe Secret Pants presents Cuban Tinsel Crisis: The Fifth Annual Yuletide Variety Extravaganza! with these special guests: Prop comic the Legendary Wid! Sideshow performer Reggie Bügmüncher! Burlesque artiste Randi Warhol! Comedians the Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie! Cover band Lazy Gaga! The Not for Nothin' Podcast! And game-show host Joe Moore! The show goes on at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave. Tickets are $10. Call 215-739-9684.
Dinner and a show The Gershman Y presents its annual Moo Shu Jew Show, with a Chinese feast and comedians Jon Fisch, Robin Fox, Dave Konig, and Stewie Stone, at 6 p.m. at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St. Tickets are $80. Call 215-545-4400.
Let it skate This one is a perfect fit, or at least truth in advertising: Disney on Ice performs the wintry musical fairy tale Frozen at 2 and 6 p.m. on Christmas Day at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., and continues with daily shows through Jan. 4. Tickets are $30 to $105. Call 1-800-298-4200.
Friday & Saturday
Jump back In a tribute to the Rolling Stones, the excellent Jesse Lundy Band plays the fine 1978 album Some Girls in its entirety, and the North Lawrence Midnight Singers take on Exile on Main St., the 1972 epic. The show goes on at Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10. Call 267-639-4528.
Funny man Over the years, it's become apparent that Jim Breuer has few peers working the stand-up circuit at the same high level of hysterical truth. He performs at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $32. Call 215-496-9001.