Five things to do in Newton this weekend

Winter officially started on Thursday, but temperatures are still mild enough to get out and enjoy the weekend. Christmas Eve is Sunday, and Christmas is Monday, so the city will be lit up in festive splendor.

Here are five things to do in Newton this weekend:

Friday, Dec. 22

From 2 to 5 p.m., Moldova will host “The Boston HarpBeat,” an instrumental cover band comprised of harpist Shelley Otis, violinist Cami Sylvia and bassist Richard Gates.

At 6:30 p.m., the POP Center will have an event for kids, “Polar Express Pizza, PJs & Play Party,” featuring playtime and a reading of “The Polar Express.” And there will be, of course, pizza. Tickets can be purchased online.

Saturday, Dec. 23

At 11 a.m., the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston will host Rock Steady Boxing for a no-contact style of boxing class. Money raised will go toward fighting Parkinson’s Disease, so you can get some stress out while exercising and having fun, and you’ll be supporting a good cause at the same time.

Sunday, Dec. 24

Throughout the day, the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Newton will have Christmas Eve events. At 10:15 a.m., they’ll have their “Pageant and Carol Sing.” At 7 p.m., there will be “Lessons and Carols,” and at 10 p.m. will be a candle lighting ceremony.

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., the First Church in Chestnut Hill will host its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Attendance is free and open to the public. The service will include Christmas carols, readings from the Christmas story and a sing-along to “Silent Night.”

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