SCOUT PICKS: Post-Thanksgiving

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Have you finally awoken from your food coma? Having filled your stomach with enough food to last a year, are you now hungering for something to do? Look no further than Scout Picks special post-Thanksgiving choices, after the jump as usual.

Indies First
9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Free.
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave.
A whole cavalcade of local authors stops by to recommend books while you do your local-business Christmas shopping. Also swing by Porter Square books, where local authors will be making appearances between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tree Lighting
5 – 6:30 p.m. Free.
The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street.
This year’s annual Harvard Square tree lighting will feature not only a visit from Santa, but a performance by his jazz band! Music starts at 5 p.m. – come earlier if you want to help decorate the tree, and please bring a toy for the Home for Little Wanderers toy drive.

Boston Cookie Takedown
2 – 4 p.m. $15.
Middle East Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave.
An afternoon sweets showdown in which over 20 Boston-area bakers will vie for the right to claim the city’s best cookie. Help judge, and enjoy cocktails sponsored by Sailor Jerry’s Rum.

Everyone Loves Latkes
2:30 – 3:30. Prices vary.
Brattle Plaza, 25 Brattle St.
The HSBA’s 7th annual Hanuhkah extravaganza, with more fried potato pancakes than you can spin a dreidel at, plus traditional sufganiyot (i.e. jelly donuts) from Dunkin Donuts and spirited live music by the Klezwoods.

Garrison Keillor
7 p.m. $5.
First Parish Church, 1446 Mass Ave.
The legendary host of the beloved NPR show A Prairie Home Companion, and possessor of one of radio’s most iconic voices, reads from O, What A Luxury, his debut collection of original poetry.