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5 things to do in and around Boston

A pre-Thanksgiving Christmas tree, holiday home tours, a film fest for kids, and more.


Thursday-Sunday > November 21-24

Here’s a chance to decorate your own halls with some local art: Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts holds its annual sale with thousands of works by students, faculty, and alums to choose from over four days.


Friday-Saturday > November 22-23

Portland, Maine, is launching a Holiday Home Tour this year, with five homes in the city’s historic West End opening their doors to visitors. Decked out for the season by professional designers, the homes will also feature chefs serving up baked goodies and authors signing and selling cookbooks. Tickets start at $25. 207-831-0201 or 207-229-3866;



Saturday > November 23

Sure it’s pre-Thanksgiving, but Boston’s Faneuil Hall is ready to light up its 80-foot holiday tree — 12 days before the tree on Boston Common. The day’s events start at noon with a visit from Santa and culminate in the (televised on WBZ) lighting ceremony at 7:30. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus and a host of other acts will perform. As the tree illuminates, 350,000 other lights strung throughout the marketplace will begin to flash to the music of Holiday Pops. The tree and the BLINK! installation will be on display through January 5.

Hiroshi Seo


Saturday > November 23

It takes muscle and stamina to perform like Yamato, the Drummers of Japan do, hopping from drum to drum and never losing the beat. The lively taiko show begins at 8 p.m. at Cambridge’s Sanders Theatre. Tickets start at $28. 617-876-4275;

Pictured, Yamato’s twenty drums make for one big percussion party.


Saturday-Sunday > November 23-24

For 60 years, Weston Woods has adapted tales from some of kids’ best-loved authors (Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Lois Lowry, to name a few) for the screen, and you can catch a selection of those gems at Belmont World Film’s Family Film Festival next weekend. New favorites as well as classics like Harold and the Purple Crayon and In the Night Kitchen are on the schedule. Tickets start at $5. 617-484-3980;


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