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5 things to do in Boston Nov. 24-30

The night train to Black Friday, Mass Hort’s Festival of Trees, ZooLights at Stone Zoo, and more.

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Starting Thursday, November 27

Stone Zoo becomes a winter wonderland during ZooLights, running through January 4. More than 200,000 twinkling lights illuminate buildings, trees, and a miniature train. See bald eagles, North American porcupines, baby Canada lynx, and arctic foxes; take pictures with Santa and his reindeer; and meet fairy-tale characters and dancing plush animals. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m., and admission is $4 to $7. 617-541-5466;


Thursday-Friday, November 27

If you’re going to lose sleep Thanksgiving night anticipating Black Friday bargain hunting, why not use your time wisely and take the train to more than 100 open-all-night shops and outlet stores in Freeport, Maine? Amtrak’s Downeaster is offering $5 each-way Moonlight Madness fares for trips that leave Boston’s North Station at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday and return Friday morning in time for you to catch the doorbusters in Boston. 800-872-7245;


Starting Friday, November 28

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s sixth annual Festival of Trees in Wellesley, through December 14, showcases more than 75 decorated Christmas trees and the impossibly intricate, animated Snow Village at Elm Bank, a 450-square-foot re-creation of Beacon Hill, Fenway Park, Snow Mountain, and an amusement park in winter. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children older than 12. 617-933-4988;


Starting Friday, November 28


Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater presents the world premiere of Eve Ensler’s new comedy, O.P.C. (for “obsessive political correctness”), about a dumpster-diving “freegan” squatter, her mother, a candidate for US Senate, and the collision between radicalism and mainstream liberalism. It runs through January 4; tickets start at $25. 617-495-2668;


Friday-Sunday, November 28-30

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You know the holidays are near when Handel’s Messiah comes to town. The classic oratorio was first presented by the Handel and Haydn Society in 1815, with tickets costing $1. You’ll pay a little more today ($25 and up), but the performances promise to help you start the season right. 617-262-1815;

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