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Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 20-Nov. 26

Meet Santa under the Quincy Market tree, swap gently-used toys and clothes at the Boston Public Library, and more.

On Tuesday, check out the holiday tree lighting at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.Adobe Stock


Twinkle, Twinkle

Kick off your holiday season with the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tree Lighting. Santa Claus will press the magic button outside of Quincy Market this year, lighting the tree and transforming the square into a winter wonderland. The free event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Gobble, Gobble!

Sprint, walk, or scuttle around Franklin Park this Thanksgiving. The annual Franklin Park Turkey Trot kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse. Runners loop around Scarboro Pond, past Schoolmaster Hill, and cross the finish line back at the clubhouse. Costumes optional, but registration — $35 adults, $18 children 6-17, free for children under 6 — required at


Opens Friday

Snowflakes and Sugar Plums

Waltz on over to the Citizens Bank Opera House for the opening night of Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. With a royal rat battle and a vibrant candy cane dance, the show enchants audiences of all ages. Choreographed by artistic director Mikko Nissinen and performed by the company’s dancers, the classical ballet runs through December 31. Find the schedule and tickets, starting at $25, at

Opens Friday

Cozy Crafts

Check out more than a hundred independent galleries and boutiques this Black Friday at the SoWa Winter Festival. Local creatives will display their work for sale at the SoWa Power Station. Scattered among the artists and products will be artisan food stands and musicians performing live tunes. Thursdays to Sundays, through December 17. Hours vary.


Sweater Swap

Exchange a vintage dollhouse for secondhand rain boots at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library. Instead of sending hand-me-downs to the dump, head to the Family Clothing & Toy Swap from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Donated goods must be clean and functional. Though contributions are encouraged, you do not need to bring something to take something. Free.


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