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5 things to do in and around Boston

A conference for women, Holiday Pops, sales of books and crafts, and more activities.


  • Starting Wednesday > December 4

  • One surefire way to get in the seasonal spirit: Spiff yourself up and take in a Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall. Each performance (held most days through December 24) includes a singalong and a visit from Santa. Tickets start at $30. 617-266-1200;



  • Thursday > December 5

  • Boston’s official Christmas tree, a 47-footer hailing — as is longstanding tradition — from Nova Scotia, gets glowing for the holidays in a ceremony on Boston Common from 6 to 8 p.m., with Mayor Tom Menino presiding. Right afterward, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall lights up for the season.

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  • Thursday > December 5

  • Inspirational women, like actress and women’s rights advocate Kerry Washington, serve as keynote speakers at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, taking over the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. With sessions on everything from creating a personal brand to achieving a career breakthrough, networking opportunities, and pavilions devoted to career and health and wellness advice, the event is designed to give attendees new ideas for improving their personal and professional lives. Tickets cost $165.


  • Friday-Sunday > December 6-8

  • The Craftboston Holiday Show at the Hynes Convention Center is a chance to score one-of-a-kind gifts and support local artists. Nearly 200 exhibitors will show and sell their work — handmade jewelry, ceramics, clothing and accessories, furniture, decorative art, and more. Tickets cost $15. 617-266-1810;


  • Saturday-Sunday > December 7-8

  • A warehouse full of discounted books. If those six words make your heart go pitter-patter, head to the Harvard Book Store’s annual warehouse sale in Somerville between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. both days next weekend. Thousands of used and bargain volumes are yours for the browsing. 617-661-1515;

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