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5 things to do in and around Boston

Fenway on ice, future Sox stars, skating champs, and more things to do and see.

Ross Miner

PREPPING FOR THE OLYMPICS

  • Starting Sunday > January 5

  • Get primed for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, at the US Figure Skating Championships, returning to Boston for the first time in about a dozen years starting Sunday. Boston pairs team Alexandria Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan are among the skaters expected to compete. Through January 12 at the TD Garden and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Tickets are priced from $10. boston2014.com


MASTERPIECE

RETURN TO DOWNTON

  • Sunday > January 5

  • Viewers on this side of the Atlantic have waited nearly a year for it, and tonight the fervor begins again with the 120-minute Season 4 premiere of Masterpiece Classic’s Downton Abbey, at 9 o’clock on PBS. Go ahead and get attached — Season 5 has already been ordered. pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey

Michael Blanchard

CHOICE TASTES

  • Friday > January 10

  • The Boston Wine Festival, celebrating its 25th year, has a host of sophisticated dinners paired with fine wines starting Friday and on various dates through March 28, all at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Blind tastings, visits from vintners, and the battle of cabernets are highlights. Tickets start at $100. bostonwinefestival.net

PLAYER PREVIEW

  • Saturday > January 11

  • While Fenway is on ice, Sox fans have a chance to meet some of the team’s newest players and minor leaguers at Jillian’s Boston. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski and infielder Mookie Betts are among the players expected to appear at the Jimmy Fund’s New Stars for Young Stars event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets from $89. 800-525-4669; jimmyfund.org/new-stars

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ICING THE GREEN

  • Through Saturday > January 11

  • It’s hockey sticks not baseball bats that drive the action on Yawkey Way in the early days of 2014. Already underway, Frozen Fenway (where a rink is set up inside the ballpark) hosts high school and college hockey games on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and this year includes a bonus for the kids: a 20-foot-high sledding and tubing ramp. Tickets start at $10. Find the schedule at boston.redsox.mlb.com.

  • SHARE YOUR EVENT NEWS. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to week@globe.com.

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