What’s Up This Weekend: November 18-20

The holiday season is upon us and events around the area this weekend prove it! A 19th Century Thanksgiving, Tree Lighting, and a holiday train ride are some of the holiday highlights. Not ready for the holidays? We have some comedy, cultural dance, and a long-awaited movie for you.

Holiday Spectacular

It’s the first tree lighting of the season! The Faneuil Hall Holiday Spectacular is Saturday night, featuring the lighting of the enormous 85-foot-tall Norwegian Spruce. Live entertainment begins at 3 p.m., with the grand event happening during the 8 p.m. Faneuil Hall Holiday Spectacular airing on WBZ-TV. Featured performances include Livingston Taylor with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sons of Serendip, Boston Children’s Chorus and performances of The Nutcracker by Boston Ballet, Blue Man Group and Cirque Dreams Holidaze.

Boston Comedy Festival

This week long celebration of comedy wraps up Saturday night. Weekend events include the Semi Finals and Finals of the Stand Up Contest, a screening of the movie Airplane! with director David Zucker, and the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to John Ratzenberger, best known around here as Cliff Clavin. INFO and TICKETS: bostoncomedyfest.com/

Bounty Thanksgiving

What better place to visit around Thanksgiving than Old Sturbridge Village? The weekend long Bounty: Thanksgiving Traditions event lets guests experience the traditions of an early 19th century New England Thanksgiving. Learn how they prepped their big meal in the 1800s, Native American food customs, and watch a post-dinner target shoot. INFO and TICKETS: osv.org

Boston Bhangra

What is Bhangra, you might be asking? It’s a fusion of music and dance from the Punjab region of India. Performances are colorful and explosive and this weekend marks one of the nation’s best Bhangra competitions, right here in Boston. Teams from across North America will be on stage at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday night. INFO and TICKETS: bostonbhangra.com

Festival of Lights

The annual Festival of Lights at Edaville opens this weekend. More than 17 million lights illuminate the park. Take a train ride through the holiday landscape, stroll through the Christmas displays, or check out Edaville Proper and Thomas Land. Your admission includes all three, featuring more than 90 rides and attractions. HOURS and INFO: edaville.com

Now Playing: Fantastic Beasts

It’s been five years since the last Harry Potter film was released, and fans have been waiting for this J.K. Rowling prequel to come to the big screen. The story brings the wizarding world to 1920s America, with a main character dedicated to collecting and caring for magical beasts. TRAILER and SHOWTIMES

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