PREPPING FOR THE OLYMPICS
Starting Sunday > January 5
Get primed for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, at the US Figure Skating Championships, returning to Boston for the first time in about a dozen years starting Sunday. Boston pairs team Alexandria Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan are among the skaters expected to compete. Through January 12 at the TD Garden and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Tickets are priced from $10. boston2014.com
RETURN TO DOWNTON
Sunday > January 5
Viewers on this side of the Atlantic have waited nearly a year for it, and tonight the fervor begins again with the 120-minute Season 4 premiere of Masterpiece Classic’s Downton Abbey, at 9 o’clock on PBS. Go ahead and get attached — Season 5 has already been ordered. pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey
Friday > January 10
The Boston Wine Festival, celebrating its 25th year, has a host of sophisticated dinners paired with fine wines starting Friday and on various dates through March 28, all at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Blind tastings, visits from vintners, and the battle of cabernets are highlights. Tickets start at $100. bostonwinefestival.net
Saturday > January 11
While Fenway is on ice, Sox fans have a chance to meet some of the team’s newest players and minor leaguers at Jillian’s Boston. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski and infielder Mookie Betts are among the players expected to appear at the Jimmy Fund’s New Stars for Young Stars event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets from $89. 800-525-4669; jimmyfund.org/new-stars
ICING THE GREEN
Through Saturday > January 11
It’s hockey sticks not baseball bats that drive the action on Yawkey Way in the early days of 2014. Already underway, Frozen Fenway (where a rink is set up inside the ballpark) hosts high school and college hockey games on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and this year includes a bonus for the kids: a 20-foot-high sledding and tubing ramp. Tickets start at $10. Find the schedule at boston.redsox.mlb.com.
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