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What’s Happening This Weekend, Nov. 20&21

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BOSTON (CBS)  – Tree lightings, outdoor ice skating and some freebies highlight this weekend’s happenings.

The Hall at Patriot Place – For Free

There is free admission on Saturday, November 20 to the Hall at Patriot Place. Raytheon is offering free admission to celebrate the 5th anniversary of their MathMovesU program. You can check out the Hall’s interactive exhibits and see the Patriots three Super Bowl trophies. A new tribute to the 1985 Patriots just opened last month. http://www.patriot-place.com/thehall.aspx

MFA ‘Art of the Americas’ Opening

The public opening of the Museum of Fine Arts’ new $500 million Art of the Americas wing is on Saturday, November 20. It coincides with one of the MFA’s free community days, so no tickets required. The new wing opens at 11 a.m. http://www.mfa.org/

Ice Skating on the Frog Pond

It’s a rite of winter in Boston. The Frog Pond on the Boston Common opens Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Opening night skating will be free after the opening ceremonies. Otherwise, adult admission (age 14+) is $4, kids under 13 get in free. Skate rentals are extra. http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/ttd/frogpond_winter.asp

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration

Each year, the weekend before Thanksgiving, Plymouth hosts a two day celebration. Featuring a food festival, parade, concerts, children’s activities and more, there are events all weekend long. http://www.usathanksgiving.com/

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting

If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, a trip to Faneuil Hall on Saturday evening may be in store. All day long there will be seasonal songs performed outdoors at Faneuil Hall. Santa is due around 4:30 and the 80-foot tree, featuring 25,000 lights will be lit at 5:30.

Methuen Festival of Trees

The annual two week Festival of Trees opens in Methuen on Friday night, November 19 with a food festival. Featuring more than 200 decorated holiday trees up for raffle and family activities, more than 25,000 visitors are expected at the Valley Office Park during the two week celebration. http://www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com/

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