The retail world may want to push you directly into holiday shopping, but November offers plenty to avoid the commercial jingles for a few more weeks. The Foo Fighters, the opening of Frog Pond for ice skating, and the start of the annual tradition, the Nutcracker, highlight November in Boston.
- Plimoth Plantation
Re-live the days of the original Thanksgiving at this living museum in Plymouth, site of the Pilgrims' first landing in the 17th century, with a special calendar of holiday events.
- Boston Christmas Festival
Nov. 4-6, 2011, $9-$10
The annual Christmas crafts festival features affordable holiday gifts, original decoration ideas, specialty foods, and a gingerbread house competition at the Seaport World Trade Center
- Fall Wine Fest
Nov. 5 2011, Noon-2:30 p.m., 3-6 p.m., or 7-10 p.m., $59-$69
Sample wines from around the world at this social event at Cyclorama, Boston Center For The Arts.
- The Golden Ticket Gala
Nov. 10, 2011, 7 p.m., $100
Everybody Wins! Metro Boston (EWMB), the Boston-based literacy organization, holds its annual fundraiser at The Top of the Hub at the Prudential Center, with a number of mystery surprises up for grabs. Billy Costa hosts.
- Fifth Annual Harpoon Helps Grateful Harvest Beer-B-Q
Nov. 13, 2011, 3-6 p.m., $55
Help support the Greater Boston Food Bank with this annual, popular tradition. Admission includes a full turkey dinner, three Harpoon beers, and a commemorative glass. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes to the GBFB. Reservations must be made in advance. Additionally, Harpoon will donate $1 for every six-pack of its special Grateful Harvest Ale to a local food bank where the beer was sold.
- Foo Fighters
Nov. 16, 2011, $32-$57
The rockers play the TD Garden with opening acts Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable.
- Boston International Fine Art Show
Nov. 17-20, 2011, $15
Forty galleries from the U.S. and Europe will be on display at this show and sale held at Cyclorama, Boston Center For The Arts. The show will also benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.
- Frog Pond Opening
Nov. 21, 2011,
Skate for free on the Boston Common rink, as Frog Pond opens for the winter season complete with an opening ceremony Skate rentals will be at normal rates.
- Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 19, 2011,11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The 27th annual tree lighting at Faneuil Hall features all-day entertainment.
Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 2010, $35-$164
Boston Ballet begins its annual telling of the holiday classic with an evening show on Thanksgiving.