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Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

A Boston TubaChristmas, Boston Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” a group endeavor that would make Rube Goldberg proud, and more.

PATS VS. BRONCS

  • Sunday > November 24

  • If his recent concussion doesn’t sideline him, Broncos receiver and Brady buddy Wes Welker will return to Foxborough tonight for the first time since New England stunned fans by letting him go to Denver in March. Catch it on NBC at 8:30 p.m.


Zoo New England

ZOO DAZZLE

  • Starting Thursday > November 28

  • With a bellyful of Thanksgiving turkey and pie, you can start getting in the mood for Christmas when Stoneham’s Stone Zoo opens its annual ZooLights display on Thursday at 5 p.m. Thousands of lights, reindeer, and a jolly St. Nick welcoming the little ones to Santa’s Castle are part of the fun, nightly (except Christmas) through December 31. Tickets cost $7. 781-438-5100; zoonewengland.org/stonezoo

Lisa Abitol from MIT Museum

MAKING RUBE PROUD

  • Friday > November 29

  • While others are Black Friday shopping, teams of engineers, artists,and clever kids will be building one big contraption at the MIT Museum’s Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction Event. From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium in Cambridge, 25 teams will set up contraptions they’ve designed and help link them together to create a Rube Goldberg—type machine of many moving parts. Admission is $15 ($5 for kids). 617-253-5927; web.mit.edu/museum

Gene Schiavone

SUGARPLUM DREAMS

  • Starting Friday > November 29

  • One classic sign of the season: Boston Ballet’s “Nutcracker”opens the day after Thanksgiving at the Opera House, complete with the fresh sets and dazzling costumes it introduced last year. Tickets start at $45, and the show runs through December 29. 617-695-6955; bostonballet.org

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MERRY TUBAS TO YOU

  • Saturday > November 30

  • Like your Christmas carols with lots of bass? Head down to Faneuil Hall Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for the 28th annual Boston TubaChristmas, when dozens of tubaists will gather for a free concert. bostontubachristmas.com

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