This post-Thanksgiving weekend may be spent with family, it may be spent at Target, or it may be spent in a dark room by yourself, groaning with a belly full of turkey. The options are limitless. If you’re looking for some ways to stay busy without stressing out, here are a few suggestions, including a new Spike Lee movie, a way to gorge on cookies, and a couple runs to work off the calories.
Movies: Disney’s “Frozen” is a seasonal journey that can either help you get in the winter spirit or could be a good time killer if you’re stuck babysitting relatives in town for Thanksgiving. “Oldboy,” the latest Spike Lee joint, follows Josh Brolin, whose character was kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years, and now seeks revenge on those who tortured him. For a star-studded cast that will please Dad, Sylvester Stallone heads up “Homefront” (though it hasn’t received the greatest critical attention, it stars James Franco, Winona Ryder, and more). To maximize the dollar-making, all of these movies open Wednesday as opposed to Friday.
TV: It’s OK to be sick of holiday specials before they even start, so why not trust the old standby of Boston sports? After a stunning comeback last night, the Patriots head to Houston to battle the Texans on Sunday. The Celtics are at home Friday night against the Cavaliers and on the road Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bruins take on the Rangers in an afternoon game at the Garden and then stick around to play the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
Friday, Nov. 29 – Black Friday
I feel awful recommending this, but if you’re the type to do anything for a discount, Black Friday is a shopping thrill-seeker’s paradise. For everyone else, it’s basically the worst thing ever.
Saturday, Nov. 30 – Ugly Sweater Run
Ugly sweaters have become an extremely relevant part of the holiday season for the past few years. While it may be difficult to run in wool, this holiday-themed 5k is highly uncompetitive and ends with hot chocolate and beer. Don’t mix them together (at East End Grille, Somerville; 11 a.m., $39, all ages).
Saturday, Nov. 30 – Somerville Local is for Lovers Market
If Black Friday isn’t your thing but you still need to get a jump on some holiday shopping, support local businesses and head to Center for Arts at the Armory. Over 20 local vendors set up shop and the event will feature live music from David Tanklefsky and The Soulful Souls (9 a.m., free, all ages).
Sunday, Dec. 1 – Cookie Takedown
Enjoy unlimited delicious cookies from over 20 Boston cooks and enjoy seasonal cocktails from Sailor Jerry’s rum. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday (at Middle East Downstairs; 2 p.m., $15, all ages).
Sunday, Dec. 1 – Cambridge Yulefest 5k
If you don’t feel like being a fatty-boombalatty at the cookie competition, Harvard Square is hosting a 5k in the spirit of the season, with funky holiday-themed awards and a 21+ block party afterward (9:30 a.m., $38, all ages).