Christmas Stocking-Making Party at Haymaker. The day after sister bar Black Sheep Lodge hosted an ugly sweater-making party, Haymaker is inviting Austinites to decorate the stockings that will hang over their mantles. The East Austin bar will have basic stockings available for purchase and then complimentary items with which to deck them out. Haymaker will choose a few winners of the best-looking stockings. 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5. Free. 2310 Manor Rd. facebook.com/events/553544125089182/.
Cover 2's Beer Dinner with Real Ale Brewing. Enjoy a savory food and beer-filled night. It kicks off with hors d'ouevres and continues with a four-course meal. Each course is perfectly paired with select brews from Real Ale, including winter seasonal Cranberry Gose, the Pinsetter Amber Lager and the Coffee Porter specially aged on Mexican coffee with cinnamon and spice. Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. 13701 Research Blvd. cover-2.com/beer-dinner.
Handel's "Messiah" with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. It's not Christmastime in Austin without the Austin Symphony tradition of performing Handel's "Messiah." Beloved local choral group Chorus Austin will provide the vocal accompaniment throughout the concert — which includes the reason the oratorio has become such a popular piece to play around the holiday season — the "Hallelujah" chorus. 8 p.m. Dec. 5. $35-$50. Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohmans Crossing Rd., Lakeway. austinsymphony.org/events/handels-messiah/.
SoCo First Thursday: Deck the Avenue Holiday Kick-off. South Congress Avenue is getting decked out like never before with thousands of lights lining the avenue for the holidays. To celebrate the season, this month's First Thursday features the lighting of the 200-year-old oak trees in the Guero's Oak Garden and live music by the Bobby Fuentes Show and other special guests. There will be other one-night-only specials from SoCo businesses as well. 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. 1412 S. Congress Ave. facebook.com/events/376801799729771/.
“Sure Thing” at Fallout Theater. My heart goes aflutter for Brendan K. O’Grady and Duncan Carson’s weekly standard “Sure Thing.” O’Grady and Carson are like sommeliers of comedy, curating every show like a full-course meal. They also run a comedy record label, producing an aces roster of local and national artists. This show is packed with talent and often sells out. It’s, you know, a Sure Thing. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 7. $10 online, $12 at the door. 616 Lavaca St. falloutcomedy.com/shows/sure-thing/. — Brently Heilbron