Alex Coke plays the Elephant Room. Photo by Brenda Ladd

Alex Coke & Friends at the Elephant Room. Austin got an early Christmas present late last month when Congress Avenue’s long-running jazz venue quickly rebounded from a temporary closure after structural issues affected an adjacent building. Next month the Elephant marks 25 years serving downtown Austin. The Elephant doesn’t even take Christmas off, as renowned local saxophonist Alex Coke takes the stage with a few of his fellow jazz travelers. 9:30 p.m. 315 Congress Ave. elephantroom.com.

Also: Holiday mainstay Dale Watson presents his annual Christmas dance in the Club, with the Lost Counts upstairs in the Gallery. … Hole in the Wall continues its long Karaoke Christmas tradition, while Hotel Vegas takes a similar approach with Karaoke Underground. … The Saxon Pub celebrates with sets by John Gaar and Jen Leigh after Denny Freeman’s top-drawing happy-hour. … Other venues open include C-Boy’s with Soulman Sam Evans, Stay Gold with Candler Wilkinson, Geraldine’s with Brian Wolff and Little Longhorn Saloon with the James Foster Band.