10 things to do in Boston from now through Sunday

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Runners gather at the start line for the annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston.
Runners gather at the start line for the annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston. –Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

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Allston-Brighton Winter Market

If you live in the Allston-Brighton area and like to support small businesses, head to this market, where more than 20 local vendors will sell everything from jewelry and skin care kits to paintings and prepared foods. On Saturday and Sunday, Lord Hobo will run a beer garden, Bon Me will serve food, and there will be musical performances curated by Allston Pudding. (Thursday, December 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Harvard Ed Portal, Boston; free; all ages)

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll


The Beacon Hill neighborhood will come together Thursday night for its annual holiday stroll, with businesses opening their doors and extending their hours to welcome strollers inside. Strollers will also find caroling and a tree lighting ceremony on the corner of Mt. Vernon Street and Charles Street, as well as free horse and buggy rides. (Thursday, December 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Beacon Hill, Boston; free; all ages)

Boston Music Awards

The 30th annual Boston Music Awards, billed by organizers as the longest running regional music award show in the country, will bestow awards to musicians, photographers, promoters, and everyone else involved in the city’s music scene at the House of Blues Thursday night. Along with the award show, expect plenty of performances from local acts like Bad Rabbits, No Hope/No Harm, and Carissa Johnson. (Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $30-40; all ages)

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

You can’t read President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed or open Facebook without running into accusations or examples of “fake news.” Award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young will stop by Harvard Book Store Thursday evening to discuss his book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, which looks both at the history of hoaxes and how it feels to live in a “post-factual world.” (Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.; Harvard Book Store, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Boston Holiday Pops


The Boston Pops began this year’s Holiday Pops concerts on Tuesday with a performance featuring conducting by Keith Lockhart, a reading of A Christmas Carol by actor Will Lebow, and a visit from Santa Claus accompanying festive holiday music. The Pops will put on 40 performances in total, with the season finale on New Year’s Eve. (Thursday, December 7 through Sunday, December 31 at various times; Symphony Hall, Boston; $33-160; all ages)

The Christmas Revels

A holiday tradition since 1971, The Christmas Revels‘ three-week run starts Friday at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. Watch as the Doge of Venice faces pressure to name who makes the best spaghetti puttanesca before the solstice Feast of the Seven Fishes. Sounds confusing? Just know that the show is a “joyful theatrical celebration” of music, dance, and culture. (Friday, December 8 through Wednesday, December 27 at various times; Sanders Theatre, Cambridge; $9-71; all ages)

Computer Science Education Weekend

Kids and adults alike will find a fun hands-on activity to try at the Museum of Science’s annual celebration of Computer Science Education Week, which honors computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. Roboticists and other experts will be available to make sure the activities are both fun and educational. (Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Museum of Science, Boston; free with $20-25 exhibit halls admission; all ages)

Santa Speedo Run 2017

Whether or not snow falls in Boston this weekend, it’s going to be cold. Still, approximately 700 people will strip to their skivvies and participate in the 2017 Santa Speedo Run, which raises money for the Play Ball Foundation. Note that those looking to run must preregister for $30 and raise a minimum donation of $250 if you’re 25 and under and $400 if you’re 26 and up. The pre-party starts at Lir at 10 a.m. before the run kicks off at 1 p.m. (Saturday, December 9 at 1 p.m.; Lir, Boston; $30 to register; 21+)

Kanye West Brunch


Kanye West has been out of the public eye for a pretty long time (at least by Kanye standards). That’s all the better reason to celebrate his music at Cafetería Boston’s Kanye West brunch this Sunday. Staff will mix up specialty drinks and mix in classic Yeezy tracks on the stereo. (Sunday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Cafetería Boston, Boston; free entry; all ages)

Cambridge 5k Yulefest

‘Tis the season for holiday running events, and if the Santa Speedo Run sounds too naughty and not very nice, check out the Cambridge 5k Yulefest in Harvard Square this Sunday. More than 3,000 people crossed the finish fa-la-la-line last year, and frequent 5k runners say Yulefest’s festive after-party is one of the season’s best. (Sunday, December 10 at 9:30 a.m.; Harvard Square, Cambridge; $45; all ages)