FREE FAMILY FLICK
”THE POLAR EXPRESS”
Bring the kids for this animated holiday movie starring Tom Hanks, and come early for a free train ride and a romp in the “snow.”
Details: 5:30 p.m. (film at 6:30) at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.myboca.us; free.
YOU’RE JINGLIN’, BABY
Y-100 JINGLE BALL
Annual pop-music blowout is back for a 13th year headlined by the year’s most talked about star, Miley Cyrus, plus Robin Thicke, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, Enrique Iglesias, Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne, Austin Mahone and many more.
Details: 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $56-$266.
A REAL STAND-UP GUY
One of the “Original Kings of Comedy” (along with Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer) is also well-known for his sitcom “The Hughleys,” which enjoyed a four-year run on ABC/UPN, and competing on “Dancing With the Stars” last year.
Details: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday, at the Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach; 561-833-1812 or www.palmbeachimprov.com; $30.
BIG BAND HOLIDAYS
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA
Enjoy soulful renditions of festive holiday favorites sung by Miami native Cecile McLorin Salvant, with trumpet legend Wynton Marsalis. Raved The New York Times: “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three – Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald – it is this 23-year-old virtuoso.”
Details: 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $25-$150.
Rockabilly crooner who delivers a fantastic live show performs hits including “Wicked Game” and “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing,” plus many seasonal favorites.
Details: 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $15-$100.
”BELLS IN BOYLAND”
MIAMI GAY MEN’S CHORUS
Singing group’s 15th anniversary features dancing drag queens performing holiday favorites with sly humor and, as always, choral excellence.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com; $30-$40.
Canadian DJ duo named after a scene in Quentin Tarantino’s classic flick “Pulp Fiction” lays down heavy dubstep and bass beats.
Details: 11 p.m. at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $30.
IN THE HOUSE
Italian electro-house DJ best known for his club hit “Satisfaction” and working with Madonna on three tracks from her album “MDNA” steps behind the decks in support of his latest album, “Back to the Pump.”
Details: 11 p.m. at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $40.
DON’T STOP BELIEVING
First “official” replacement for Journey lead singer Steve Perry went on to sing and tour with the classic-rock band for eight years.
Details: 8 p.m. at Magic City Casino, Stage 305, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-460-6579 or www.magiccitycasino.com; general admission free, $75 stage front.
Nine-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist was the first Latin artist to cross over into the English market – he’ll perform his stylized standards including “Light My Fire,” “Che Sara” and his signature holiday classic ”Feliz Navidad.”
Details: 9 p.m. at Hialeah Park Amphitheatre, 100 E. 32nd St., Hialeah; 305-885-8000 or www.hialeahparkcasino.com; $25-$75.
JO DEE MESSINA
Add a little country flair to your holiday celebration this year with this two-time Grammy nominee, who takes the stage in support of her upcoming album, “Me,” her first since 2005.
Details: 9 p.m. at Casino Miami Jai Alai, 3500 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-633-6400 or www.casinomiamijaialai.com; $18.50-$74.50.
NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
Chamber concert features mezzo-soprano Crider performing works by Mendelssohn and English composer Benjamin Britten.
Details: 2 p.m. at the New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; www.newworldcenter.com; $14.
If all this joyous Christmas spirit has got you feeling a bit, well, murderous, why not release some of that tension by banging your head to this California old-school death metal band, which takes the stage in support of its sixth album, “Necrocracy.” Opening acts are Cyst, The Glorious Death and, Grandma’s favorite, Blowtorch Sodomy.
Details: 6:30 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; www.cultureroom.net; $10.
COLORS OF CHRISTMAS
Renowned singers Peabo Bryson (“If Ever You’re In My Arms Again”), Melissa Manchester (“Don’t Cry Out Loud”), Ruben Studdard (“Flying Without Wings”) and CeCe Winans (“For Always”) sing their own hits, plus songs of the season.
Details: 7:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $25-$100.
CLASSIC LOVE STORY
”WEST SIDE STORY”
If you’re looking for something different from the usual holiday fare for Christmas Eve, why not catch this American musical featuring the stellar score by Bernstein and Sondheim (“Something’s Coming,” “I Feel Pretty”).
Details: 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $25-$68.
FREE FOR ALL
BIG NIGHT IN LITTLE HAITI
6-10 P.M. FRIDAY: Sing along to Haiti’s popular young artist Wanito, whose songs mix reggae, roots, dancehall and konpa and are heard in schools, concert halls and living rooms; Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami; 305-960-2969 or www.bignightlittlehaiti.com.