Happy Thanksgiving everyone -- if you're not too full from all that turkey, here are our picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. We've done all the hard work for you. Now get out and go to it!
--Nicole Cammorata and June Wulff
TWINKLE, TWINKLE: Every year we wait for the tree-lined paths to twinkle with thousands of lights at ZooLights. They serve as a backdrop for the fairy tale characters, dancing stuffed animals, Barbie dolls, and other eye candy. 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 25). $5 (Mon-Thurs), $6 (Fri-Sun), free under 2. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 617-989-2000. www.stonezoo.org
BLACK FRIDAY DINNER CRUISE: You need more food, but this time it comes with a gorgeous view of our Boston skyline and a tour of Boston Harbor. Toys are welcome for the non-profit organization Christmas in the City. Nov. 25 from 7-10 p.m. (board at 6:30 p.m.). $77.90. The Spirit of Boston, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 866-310-2469. www.spiritcruises.com
BOOTIE BOSTON VS. MILK & HONEY: You’ve had your Thanksgiving turkey binge and the annual tryptophan-induced nap. Now get up off the couch and burn all those gravy calories. Resident DJs McFly, Adam Balm, Jabulani, and Spencer4Hire will get the crowd going downstairs at this globally-known mash-up dance party. Upstairs, it’s Milk & Honey, where DJ Leah V spins top 40, hip-hop, reggae, and electro tunes galore. Nov. 25, 9 p.m. Cover: $5. 21+ Good Life. www.goodlifebar.com
GO FLY A KITE: The wait is over for you spoonfuls of sugar, kite fliers, and chim-chim-cher-ee-ers. Attend Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins as your favorite “Mary Poppins” character (or in a movie-inspired costume), march in the costume parade, work on your spelling of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and enjoy the Oscar-winning film. Nov. 25 at 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. (Through Nov. 27). $15, $12 seniors and children. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849. www.regenttheatre.com
HOLIDAY EVENINGS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS: Take a leisurely stroll through the Breakers, the Elms, and Marble House and drool over the trees, wreaths, hundreds of yards of garland, and thousands of flowers. Listen to live music, and grab some sweets, eggnog, and cider. Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, and 31 from 6-8 p.m. $28, $35 at the door, $10 ages 6-17. The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, R.I. 401-847-1000. www.newportmansions.org
I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S STRICTLY BUTTER: Disco loving DJ Kon may be known for his R&B meets disco funk nights, but Cambridge hotspot Middlesex Lounge brings out his mellower side: think classic R&B and reggae beats. Smooth: like butter. Nov. 26, 9 p.m. Cover: $5. 21+ Middlesex Lounge. www.middlesexlounge.us
TIME TO RETIRE: You have until Dec. 31 to see the current sets and costumes for Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” When the final curtain comes down, sets by Helen Pond and Herbert Senn, along with the costumes by Charles Heightchew and the late David Walker will retire and make way for new stuff. Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (Through Dec. 31). $35 and up. The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-695-6955. www.bostonballet.org
ALL ABOUT EVE: “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” has been very very good to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra which debuted in 1996 with its classic piece. This over-the-top theatrical show and rock spectacle is at the gahden. Nov. 27 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. $31.50-$69.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com
A WAILER OF A TIME: Thirty years ago, the reggae world lost an icon when Bob Marley died of cancer at age 36. His legacy lives on with The Wailers who continue to spread those good reggae vibes. Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. $25. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.