Fairmont Austin Holiday Tree Lighting. A tree-lighting ceremony is only one part of this festive family-friendly event at the downtown hotel. The evening will also have Santa's complimentary bakeshop, a special holiday performance by the Tinsel Singers, cameos with Santa and a giant macaron Nutcracker. Donations to Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas are welcome. 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, 101 Red River St. fairmont.com/austin/promotions/holidays/.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Making Party. You're going to many Ugly Christmas Sweater parties this holiday season, but do you actually have a proper tacky sweater? Black Sheep Lodge is hosting this event to guarantee it; buy a plain sweater from the bar for $5 or bring your own. There will be plenty of supplies to decorate it with. And at 9 p.m., everyone in attendance will vote for the best one. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. 2108 S. Lamar Blvd. facebook.com/events/254624045407825/.
Wednesday Night Flix: "Zoolander." The Craft Pride movie series continues with Ben Stiller movies — with perhaps the most classic of them all, "Zoolander." Enjoy Texas-brewed craft beer and pizza from the on-site food truck, which focuses on the square pies of Detroit. 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday. 61 Rainey St. facebook.com/events/282122662616301/.
Texas Radio Live with Sydney Wright and Walker Lukens at Guero’s. An indie-pop singer-songwriter who creates keyboard-loop soundscapes to support her striking lead vocals, Wright created an arresting and ambitious album with “Seiche,” released earlier this month. She shares the latest episode of Sun Radio’s weekly series with Lukens, who released his second full-length album, “Tell It to the Judge,” last year. Donations accepted. 6 p.m. Wednesday. 1412 S. Congress Ave. sunradio.com/trl. — Peter Blackstock
"Landfall" at Grayduck Gallery. Suchitra Mattai's exhibition of installations, mixed-media drawings and paintings, collages and video explores land as a catalyst for the exploration of identity. Our natural environments shape personal narratives, ancestral histories and constructions of “home.” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23. 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-826-5334, grayduckgallery.com.
Christmas in the Community. Hear different ensembles of the Austin Symphony Orchestra playing this holiday season. Friday brings the brass quintet to the Gus Garcia Recreation Center (1201 E. Rundberg Lane) and Macy's Barton Creek Mall (2901 N. Capital of Texas Highway.) 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday. austinsymphony.org/events/christmas-in-the-community/.
Saturday, Dec. 8
2018 SPON Day. Jester King Brewery, in the Texas Hill Country, is releasing spontaneously fermented brews, as well as wine, in celebration of its third year to produce such beer. The Three Year Blend goes on tap, and there will be mulled wine, special kitchen pairings, a holiday market featuring local artists and more. 12 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8. 13187 Fitzhugh Road. facebook.com/events/872502906289219/.