Two perfect holiday weekends | Nude drawing + gift basket party + football

Six things to do for the holidays

Welcome Yule!

Welcome Yule! Photograph: Todd Rosenberg

Friday, Dec 23

You don’t need to head out to your aunt’s house in the ’burbs to hear caroling. Listen to the CSO and the 145-voice Chicago Symphony Chorus croon holiday songs at Welcome Yule! This year, holiday cards and letters to Santa are the themes. Watch them enacted by dancers, a children’s chorus and holiday characters. On some songs, you can even sing along. Symphony Center, Orchestra Hall, 220 S Michigan Ave (312-294-3000, 3pm, 7pm; $20–$119.

WEEKEND BUZZ Wilco caps off a five-gig run | Griffin Theatre’s Spring Awakening | GCI’s Big Jam 2011 | A Christmas Story | Andrew Bird at the MCA