10 things to do in Boston this Thanksgiving weekend

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ZooLights at Stone Zoo in Stoneham. The Stone Zoo

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Franklin Park Turkey Trot

Prepare yourself for the massive feast to come by burning some calories at the Franklin Park Turkey Trot. Folks of all ages are invited to run or walk along a scenic loop around the park, with proceeds benefiting Franklin Park’s programs. (Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m.; Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, Boston; $30 GA, $12 kids ages 6-17; all ages)

Boston Volvo 5K Road Race

At the same time on the other side of town, you can help out the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by participating in the Boston Volvo 5K race, which takes runners through the streets of Brighton. (Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m.; Boston Volvo Village, Boston; $40; all ages)

Gratitude Flow Yoga

The stress of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 12 or talking politics with your in-laws will be much easier to manage after a Gratitude Yoga Flow at Coolidge Yoga. In keeping with the spirit of giving and gratitude, proceeds from your $25 ticket will benefit the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry. (Thursday Nov. 22 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; Coolidge Yoga, Brookline; $25; all ages)

La Salette Shrine Festival of Lights

For more than 60 years, La Salette Shrine in Attleboro has wowed visitors with displays featuring around 300,000 lights spread over 10 acres, as well as an international crèche museum, with more than 1,000 crèches from at least 100 different countries. This year, the shrine will kick off the season on Thanksgiving night at 5 p.m., and will be open daily through January 6. (Starting Thursday, Nov. 22, open Mondays through Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 6; The National Shrine of Our Lady Salette, Attleboro; free; all ages)


Along with holiday-themed additions to many animal enclosures like lights and holly wreaths, each year the Stone Zoo puts together ZooLights, a dazzling holiday display that illuminates the zoo when darkness falls. This year, the holiday festivities start on Friday at 5 p.m. (Friday, Nov. 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31; Stone Zoo, Stoneham; $8-12; all ages)

Jessie Reyez

There are few greater joys than discovering an up-and-coming artist before their career launches into the stratosphere. This Friday, the Sinclair will welcome Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez, who despite earning 31 million YouTube views for her single “Figures,” is still a somewhat unknown quantity, and has yet to release a full-length album. Catch her now, so you can say you knew her way back when. (Friday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $25; 18+)

Greater Ashmont Holiday Pop-Up Market

Ditch the big box stores and embrace Small Business Saturday at the Greater Ashmont Holiday Pop-Up Market, now celebrating its fourth year in Peabody Square. Browse themed gifts from the Dorchester Historical Society, Spring Brook Farm fresh produce, and a variety of handmade gifts like jewelry and textiles from Dorchester businesses. As the afternoon fades into evening, stick around to hear the Boston City Singers and watch the square’s annual tree lighting. (Saturday, Nov. 24 from 4 p.m to 7 p.m.; 1900 Dorchester Ave., Boston; free; all ages)

Mike Epps

Mike Epps has been a steadily hilarious presence since making a name  on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” in the mid-’90s, always finding time to keep his stand-up set on point in between roles in movies like “Next Friday,” “The Hangover,” and “Girls Trip.”  He’ll be bringing the laughs to Boston for a pair of shows at the Wilbur this Saturday. (Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $45; 18+)

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke is best known as the frontman for Radiohead, but he’s spent plenty of time with side projects, solo efforts, and even film soundtracks in the last few years. His eclectic output should lead to a fun, unpredictable solo show this Saturday at the Wang Theatre. (Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre; $59; all ages)

A Legendary Christmas with John Legend

Though many radio stations, shopping malls, and annoying cubicle neighbors start blaring holiday music by Nov. 1, most agree that the yuletide jingles should be saved until after Thanksgiving. Soulful crooner John Legend will arrive in Boston just in time to ignite your holiday spirit, performing tunes from his forthcoming album, “A Legendary Christmas.”  (Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.;Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $83-154; all ages)