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    Your Week Ahead

    5 things to do in and around Boston

    First Night Boston, a New Year’s Day Harbor Islands outing, a Moby-Dick readathon, and more

    Fireworks at the Boston Common on December 31, 2010 as part of the First Night Celebration.
    Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff
    Fireworks at the Boston Common on December 31, 2010 as part of the First Night Celebration.

    December 26-December 31


    For school vacation week, the Museum of Fine Arts has an array of art-making and other activities planned for families, plus free admission for kids younger than 17. 617-267-9300;

    December 31


    That’s how many people are expected to attend the 37th annual First Night Boston, the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration encompassing some 200 exhibitions and performances, from noon to midnight. Today, December 23, is the last day to buy discounted admission buttons at $15 each. (Starting Monday, the buttons will cost $18.) 617-542-1399;

    December 31-January 1

    HEY, GOOD LOOKIN’ . . .

    Move it on over to Cambridge’s Lizard Lounge at 9 p.m. on either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day for Girls Guns and Glory’s annual tribute to country legend Hank Williams. Tickets range from $10 to $20; a few will be available at the door for walk-ups.

    January 1


    Stephanie Schorow
    Celebrate New Year’s Day on Spectacle Island


    Celebrate the first day of 2013 with a winter adventure on Spectacle Island. On this afternoon excursion, visitors can climb to the highest point in Boston Harbor, go on a guided walk, check out (and warm up in) the visitors center, fly a kite, or even build a snowman — if the white stuff cooperates. The boat departs from Rowes Wharf at noon and returns at 4 p.m.; adult tickets cost $27.

    January 5-6


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    “Call me Ishmael.” With that famous first line, retiring Congressman Barney Frank will kick off this year’s free marathon reading of Melville’s classic Moby-Dick at noon on January 5 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Can’t make it to New Bedford? Catch all 25 hours of the marathon, with scores of participants reading in shifts, online via Livestream. 508-997-0046;

    > This edition of Your Week Ahead covers two weeks. Look for the next Globe Magazine on January 6.

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