Whether you have family coming into town and you are looking for things to do or want to go shopping, or if you just want to plan an afternoon jaunt or night out for yourself over the long weekend, here is our round-up of Thanksgiving weekend events and club happenings. For additional ideas, such as performances of the Nutcracker and theater productions, check our day-by-day listings for these dates, pages 29 through 34.##M:[more]##

Wednesday, November 24

Holiday Shopping Benefit, Ten Thousand Villages, Princeton Shopping Center, Harrison Street, 609-683-4464. Ten Thousand Villages sells handcrafted gifts and decorations made by artisans in disadvantaged areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Ten Thousand Villages will donate 15 percent of total sales to local non-profit organizations, Thursdays and Sundays in late November and all of December.

Vic Dibitetto, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. Comedy. Reservation. Smoke-free show. Through November 27. $15. 8 p.m.

Charlie Murphy, Donnell Rawlings, and Bill Burr, The Stress Factory, 90 Church Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-4242. Comedy. Reservations. $27. 8 p.m.

Tim Nayfield and Friends, John & Peter’s, 96 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-5981. 9 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve Party, Triumph Brewery, Union Square, West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-3000. James Harvey Band and aderbat perform acoustic rock originals. 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 25

Vic Dibitetto, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. Comedy. Reservation. Ladies night ($5 discount) $15. 8 p.m.

Chris Harford and The Band of Changes, John & Peter’s, 96 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-5981. 9 p.m.

Friday, November 26

Holiday Extravaganza Sample Sale, Carl A. Fields Center, Princeton University campus, 86 Olden Street (corner of Prospect Street). 609-936-8885. Do Me a Favor, owned by Dale Stokes of West Windsor offers toys, handbags, jewelry, pottery, stationery, small leaher goods, candy, baby items, bath and body products, candies, ornaments, and much more. A portion of proceeds benefits the summer camp program of Community House. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tree Lighting, Palmer Square Green, Nassau Street, 800-644-3489. The 65-foot Norwegian spruce will be adorned with thousands of multi-colored lights, with performances by the Princeton High School Choir, Nassau Presbyterian Church Choir, and the Nassau Brass. Festivities continue every weekend through Christmas Eve. Free. 4:30 p.m.

John Bianculli, Rats Restaurant, Grounds for Sculpture, 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-584-7800. Pianist John Bianculli performs solo 6 p.m.

Vic Dibitetto, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. Comedy. Reservation. Early show is smoke-free. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Sage, Conduit, 439 South Broad Street, Trenton, 609-656-1199. Sage performs. Shore band Exit 105 opens. 8 p.m.

Tomoko Ohno Quartet, Cornerstone Cafe and Bistro, 25 New Street, Metuchen, 732-549-5306. Jazz. 8 p.m.

Susan Werner, Odette’s, South River Road, Route 32, New Hope, 215-862-3000. 8 p.m.

I’m Still Standing, The Stress Factory, 90 Church Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-4242. Comedy with Alonzo Boddin, Gary Gulman, and Jay London. Reservations. $27. 8 p.m.

Spirling, Finnigan’s, 529 Route 130 North, East Windsor, 609-448-8012. Also, Hall of Mirrors. 9 p.m.

Nurse Diesel, John & Peter’s, 96 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-5981. 9 p.m.

These Crowded Streets, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. Dave Matthews tribute band. 9 p.m.

The Spinz, Triumph Brewery, Union Square, West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-3000. Acoustic rock covers. 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 27

Holiday Pet Photos, Animal Placement Agency of West Windsor (APAW), Lawrence Landscape Agway, 209 Bakers Basin Road, Lawrence, 609-799-1263. Photos with or without Santa; accessories available. Photographers from Reflections by Donna Studio. Five by seven professional photo and negative. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be in a carrier. Benefit for APAW. $15 donation. Also Sunday, November 28, noon to 4 p.m.10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winter Weekends, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-586-0616. Gingerbread house and cooking decorating workshops, 1 to 4 p.m. Songs of the holidays, 4 to 5 p.m. Official lighting of the holiday trees, water garden, and courtyard at 5 p.m. Hot chocolate and cider. 1 p.m.

Vic Dibitetto, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. Comedy. Reservation. Must be 21. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Susan Werner, Odette’s, South River Road, Route 32, New Hope, 215-862-3000. 8 p.m.

Carol Heffler Trio, Temperance House, 5 State Street, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 215-860-9975. Carol Heffler, vocals; John Eshelman, piano, and Elias Bailey, acoustic bass. 8 p.m.

I’m Still Standing, The Stress Factory, 90 Church Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-4242. Comedy with Alonzo Boddin, Gary Gulman, and Jay London. Reservations. $27. 8 p.m.

Temporary Grace, Marita’s Cantina, 1 Penn Plaza, New Brunswick, 732-247-3840. $3. 9 p.m.

aderbat, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. Acoustic rock. 9 p.m.

John Hickey Band, John & Peter’s, 96 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-5981. 9:30 p.m.

The Blue Method, Triumph Brewery, Union Square, West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-3000. Funk and soul covers and originals. 9:30 p.m.

Larry Tritel, Orpha’s Coffee Shop, 1330 Route 206, Skillman, 609-430-2828. Rock, blues, funk, jazz, oldies, and originals. 9 a.m.

Sketch, Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377. No cover. 8:30 p.m.

Cafe Improv, Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777. Singer Rose Berkowitz and poet Joan Goldstein on the open stage dedicated to live, home-grown performance where any kind of music poetry or performance is encouraged. $1. 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 28

John Bianculli Trio, Rats Restaurant, Grounds for Sculpture, 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-584-7800. Pianist John Bianculli and his trio perform classic and contemporary jazz during Sunday brunch. $49. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Holiday Pet Photos, Animal Placement Agency of West Windsor (APAW), Lawrence Landscape Agway, 209 Bakers Basin Road, Lawrence, 609-799-1263. Photos with or without Santa; accessories available. Photographers from Reflections by Donna Studio. Five by seven professional photo and negative. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be in a carrier. Benefit for APAW. $15 donation. Also Saturday November 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Noon to 4 p.m.

I’m Still Standing, The Stress Factory, 90 Church Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-4242. Comedy with Alonzo Boddin, Gary Gulman, and Jay London. Reservations. $27. 8 p.m.

Junkstar Rocky, John & Peter’s, 96 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-5981. 9:30 p.m.

Larry Tritel, Orpha’s Coffee Shop, 1330 Route 206, Skillman, 609-430-2828. Rock, blues, funk, jazz, oldies, and originals. 9 a.m.