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    Ideas for a Day (or Night) Out

    There’s no shortage of things to do this time of year — whether you want to venture out a bit, or stay close to home. Here are six fun things to mix in around your holiday plans.

      Have a Laugh

      The prestigious Boston Comedy Festival is celebrating its 23rd year of making people laugh in May. There aren’t many better ways to spend a night. Tickets are still available for the event.

      Cook Something Up

      In-person cooking and baking classes are back — and there are opportunities to learn all over Boston (and beyond). Specializing in everything from Sicilian-style pizza to Asian street food, top chefs are ready to guide you on your next culinary journey in a safe, fun way. Find classes around Boston that please your palate and fit your schedule.

      Do Good

      It’s a great month for giving thanks and giving back. Boston Cares is the largest volunteer agency in New England and offers more than 20,000 opportunities annually in support of more than 150 Greater Boston schools and non-profits. No matter what you’re into, what skills you can bring, or how much time you have to give — there’s something for you.

      Answer the Question

      Pub quiz, trivia night, a get-together with friends who happen to know all the state capitals — whatever you call it, it’s a great evening out. No matter your skill level, trivia night is a wonderful way to get a little competitive with old friends and meet some new ones. Grab a pencil, order a pint, and get comfortable at one of these five great spots around town.

      Go Live

      Live music is back! From the brand new and breathtaking MGM Music Hall (tucked right behind Fenway), to standbys like Big Night Live and City Winery, there’s no shortage of options. Want something more intimate? The Beehive in the South End and Wally’s Cafe Jazz Club, a live-music mecca since 1947 that has just reopened, are both great options.

      Get Into the Season

      Revel in a New England tradition as Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker returns to enchant audiences of all ages with its beloved characters, swoon-worthy sets, and unparalleled choreography. There truly is no better way to experience the Nutcracker than with The Boston Ballet.

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