When/Where: Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. at Weston Town Hall, 11 Townhouse Rd, Weston
Why Go: The Weston Friendly Society of the Performing Arts, Inc., is the second oldest theater group in the United States, and has a rich history of putting on quality musicals for audiences from all over the state.
Price: $18-24. Tickets are often available at the door but reservations are strongly encouraged.
When/Where: Friday at 10 a.m. at Russell's Garden Center, 397 Boston Post Rd, Wayland.
Why Go: Santa ... on a tractor. OK, if that isn't enough, stick around and browse the many holiday displays at Russell's. It's more than enough to put you in a festive mood.
When/Where: Opens Friday, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 505 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury. The market maintains hours throughout the holiday season; click the link about for details.
Why Go: You know that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Nothing at the big box stores will satisfy, but something truly unique, creative and handmade by crafters and artisans might do the trick.
When/Where: Friday at 9 p.m. at Bistro 20, 120 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury.
Why Go: You'll likely be tired of cooking by this point so let someone else provide the food while you mingle with friends and celebrate the life of 1st Lt. Scott Milley, killed while serving in Afghanistan. Plus, your coverage charge supports the Scott F. Milley Memorial Fund.
When/Where: Friday at R.J. Grey Junior High School, 16 Charter Rd, Acton. Number pickup begins at 8 a.m. and the race steps off at 9 a.m.
Why Go: Don't lie. You know a morning 5K wouldn't hurt after all that holiday bounty you consumed. Plus, in this case you'll be supporting two good causes: Your own healthy body and the Acton Food Pantry. Even if you didn't register in advance, there's no harm in running along.