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Children’s holiday

 

The French Cultural Center of Boston, 53 Marlborough St., will present a holiday open house for kids and teens from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

 

Children will enjoy ateliers and holiday-themed activities including cookie decorating, arts and crafts, a cooking workshop and French story time. There will be hot chocolate and holiday treats.

 

All activities are free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but activity registration is required as space is limited. A schedule of activities and further information is available at www.frenchculturalcenter.org or by calling 617-912-0400.

 

‘Messiah’

 

Music for All at Trinity Church will perform Handel’s masterpiece “Messiah” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St.

 

The program will feature the Advent and Christmas portions with the Hallelujah chorus from the “Messiah” as well as Bach’s Cantata 62 “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62” and Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto, Op. 6, No. 8 in G minor” performed by the Trinity choirs, soloists and Baroque orchestra. This is the only Boston performance of Handel’s work in a sacred space.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.trinitychurchboston.org or call 617-536-0944.

 

Christmas with the Bachs

 

The Musicians of the Old Post Road will present “Christmas with the Bach Family” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.

 

The period instrument ensemble will offer Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s rarely-performed oratorio “Die Kindheit Jesu,” along with a sampling of arias from Christmas cantatas by Bach brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, cousin Johann Ludwig and of course, Johann Sebastian.

 

Soprano Jessica Petrus, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, tenor Jonas Budris, and baritone Bradford Gleim will be the guest soloists.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.oldpostroad.org or call 781- 466-6694.