5 Things To Do This Weekend, From A Tom Hanks Marathon To Ice Skating At City Hall

Workers finish putting together the skating rink for "Boston Winter" at City Hall Plaza last year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Workers finish putting together the skating rink for "Boston Winter" at City Hall Plaza last year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Thanksgiving weekend can be a little sleepy, but it’s a great time to cozy up on the couch with a good book or, if I’m being honest, a good Netflix binge. Whether you stuck around town or traveled elsewhere, we’ve got the perfect weekend activities for you.

Winter Holiday Market and Ice Rink | Opens Friday, Nov. 24 | Boston City Hall Plaza

This weekend, Berkshire Bank’s “Boston Winter” returns to City Hall Plaza for the second year in a row. This new holiday tradition boasts a holiday market, a community stage featuring musicians and other local performers and, best of all, an ice skating path that will remain open through February.

'Hanksgiving | Through Tuesday, Nov. 28 | The Brattle Theatre, Cambridge

If you think a Thanksgiving weekend Tom Hanks marathon titled “'Hanksgiving” sounds like a concept begat by a pun, you would be right. But the Brattle Theatre's 'Hanksgiving is also a great excuse to familiarize yourself with some of Hanks’ lesser-known roles. The series eschews the actor’s iconic performances in favor of movies that flopped or faded into obscurity but showcased a wackier, edgier side of America’s Dad. (Read Sean Burns' feature for more about each of the films.)

Read (And Listen) Your Way Through NPR Music 10

In honor of its 10th anniversary, NPR Music looks back at the last decade of music. The retrospective is not so much a celebration of the website’s own achievements as it is a thoughtful and diverting examination of the immense upheavals and brief trends that shaped music over the last 10 years. Plus, it’s a chance to revisit some of the decade’s most memorable and entertaining musical moments.

Watch 'Holes' Before It Leaves Netflix | Through Dec. 5 | Your Couch

“Holes” is one of the rare films to do justice to its source material — in this case, the surreal and particular universe of famed children’s book author Louis Sachar. “Holes” leaves Netflix streaming on Dec. 5, so now’s your last chance to watch it.

Read Philip Pullman's 'La Belle Sauvage'

"La Belle Sauvage" is the first volume in Philip Pullman’s series “The Book of Dust,” the much-anticipated follow-up to the author’s seminal “His Dark Materials” trilogy. For anyone who loved Pullman’s darkly enchanting world and its scrappy heroine Lyra, “La Belle Sauvage” is the perfect book to curl up with this holiday weekend. (Here's an excerpt from the book and a deeper look at Pullman's body of work.)


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