10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Fireworks explode during the annual Christmas tree lighting in the Boston Common.
Fireworks explode during the annual Christmas tree lighting in the Boston Common. –Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Skip Netflix this weekend—here are 10 ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city. If you’d like BosTen delivered to your inbox every Thursday, click here. Want more things to do? Check out our events calendar at boston.com/events. You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Boston Common Tree Lighting

Boston will continue its transformation into a winter wonderland with the Boston Common tree lighting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, when the tree from Nova Scotia will be illuminated. Arrive early and you can check out the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular, a free ice show from the Skating Club of Boston featuring national and international competitive figure skaters performing both solo and group routines. (Thursday, November 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Boston Common, Boston; free; all ages)

Elf: The Musical


Elf, the beloved 2003 holiday film starring Will Ferrell, is now a musical, and it’s flying into the Boch Center on the backs of Dasher, Dancer, Rudolph, and the rest of the reindeer until Sunday, Dec. 10. (Thursday, November 30 through Sunday, December 10 at various times; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $37-125; all ages)

Tedeschi Trucks

South Shore native Susan Tedeschi and husband Derek Trucks are two of the coolest blues guitarists performing today, so you don’t want to miss their soulful supergroup Tedeschi Trucks when they stop by the Orpheum for a trio of performances this weekend. The Friday and Saturday shows are sold out, but the Thursday show still has tickets available. (Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $38-83; all ages)

The Slutcracker

If The Nutcracker is too traditional or too expensive for your tastes, check out its raunchier, more affordable sibling The Slutcracker at the Somerville Theatre starting Dec. 1. The burlesque parody created by Vanessa White in 2008 isn’t for the younger set, but it is great fun for those who like a little ribald humor with their ballet. (Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m.; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $29; all ages)

Jolly Jaunt 5k

The Santa Speedo Run isn’t until next weekend, but you can get a holiday-themed run in a little earlier with the Jolly Jaunt 5k. Runners will gather at the Boston Common in their best holiday attire for a run benefitting the Special Olympics. Organizers will dole out jingle bells for every runner and prizes for best holiday attire. (Saturday, December 2 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Boston Common, Boston; $35; all ages)

Harvard Book Store Warehouse Sale


If you’re looking to get a chunk of holiday shopping done this weekend, the Harvard Book Store Warehouse Sale is a great place to start. At the semiannual sale, get 70 percent off used books and 15 percent off remaindered books, and find sales on rare and unusual books collected by the store over the years. To accommodate demand, the warehouse will open on Friday, a day earlier than usual. (Friday, December 1 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Harvard Book Store Warehouse, Somerville; free; all ages)

SoWa Winter Festival

If you want to get your holiday shopping done with a little fun on the side, head to the SoWa Power Station for the SoWa Winter Festival. More than 100 local vendors will be on hand selling homemade gifts, specialty food, and winter spirits. Down the street at 450 Harrison Ave., you’ll find a heated tent with holiday music, mulled wine and hot chocolate, food trucks, ice sculpting, and the usual mixture of art galleries, studios, and shops. (Saturday, December 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; SoWa Power Station, Boston; free; all ages)

Kickin’ It with Santa Kickball Tournament

What better way to kick off the weekend than with a kickball tournament? Social Boston Sports will host its Santa Kickball Tournament at Joe Moakley Park this Saturday, and Santa costumes are highly encouraged. After the games, you can take the group’s Bustonian Party Bus to the SBS Winter Players Party at the Social Register. (Saturday, December 2 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Joe Moakley Park, Boston; $29; 21+)

Blink! Faneuil Hall


Faneuil Hall’s annual light show already started dazzling audiences earlier this week, but if you want an additional reason to head over to see the sparkles, join Mix 104.1 FM’s Gregg Daniels and Fast Freddy this Saturday for the first of four charity events, with the radio hosts collecting toys to benefit the Boston-area Toys for Tots. There will also be live music from the Nate Bash Band, Sugarbabies Band, and Them Apples Band. (Saturday, December 2 from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Faneuil Hall, Boston; free; all ages)

SantaCon 2017

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why: SantaCon is coming to town. The first half of the annual holiday bar crawl, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., has expanded to three separate routes year, so all the good little boys and girls (of legal drinking age) in Allston and Cambridge don’t have to miss out on the fun in downtown Boston. For the second half, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., all three routes will finish in the Fenway neighborhood, with 10 different bars sure to be bursting to the brim with Santas. (Saturday, December 2 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; various locations; free; 21+)