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.
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
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
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
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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