Twice a year — on Independence Day and the Christmas holidays — New England takes the Boston Pops out of the proverbial holiday-decorations closet and demands a show to create memories as lasting as a Lionel train set on Christmas morning.

IT’S HARD not to admire Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (TV-MA). It’s also entirely possible to have very mixed feelings about the handsome production from husband-and-wife team Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, now streaming its second season.

CONCORD — Joel Mercier’s retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” featuring leading New Hampshire actors George Piehl as Ebenezer Scrooge and John Conlon as Jacob Marley, returns for three shows in the Capital City this weekend.