1. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Opens Dec. 13. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. $10-$50. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. armadillobazaar.com.
Austin has multiple holiday shopping destinations every year, and Armadillo is one of the best. The one-stop shop for handmade gifts features performances by live music acts such as Dale Watson, performing on opening day, and Tomar and the FCs. This year, the bazaar has also selected 12 local nonprofits for its 12 Days of Giving initiative, with each one getting a portion of the day's proceeds. The nonprofits include the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians — the opening day recipient — as well as Zach Theatre and Black Fret. Items on sale range from jewelry to artisan chocolate.
2. Houston-Austin BBQ Throwdown
1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. $74.49. Friends & Allies Brewing, 979 Springdale Road. eventbrite.com/e/hou-atx-bbq-throwdown-2018-tickets-50439056576.
Which Texas city has the best barbecue? The Houston Barbecue Festival has teamed up with Friends & Allies to find out. Top barbecue restaurants from both Austin and Houston, including Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew and El Burro & the Bull, will offer their vision of the perfect Texas barbecue dish. You can sample your way through each one, helping to pick a People's Choice award, while a panel of judges selects the best.
3. Bill Leissner book fundraiser at Esther’s Follies
7 p.m. Dec. 10. No cover; donations accepted. 525 E. Sixth St. esthersfollies.com.
Fascinating memories from a long-gone Austin have surfaced in recent months on photographer Leissner’s private Facebook group page. Waterloo Press soon will publish many of them in “Austin Icons of the Eighties,” for which this event is a fundraiser. Musicians Jesse Sublett, Monte Warden, Gretchen Phillips, Larry Seaman, Randy Franklin, Bob Livingston and Eric Hisaw will perform; others will deliver readings and monologues, with Esther’s Follies co-founder Shannon Sedwick as emcee. — Peter Blackstock
4. Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays Part Deux
7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. $25. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.
Local composer Reynolds is joining forces with some of Austin's best musicians to wreak musical havoc with an explosive set of holiday favorites. By playing most of them in a minor key, Reynolds and his band bring a new, Grinch-like perspective to these season standards for the second year in a row at the Long Center's Rollins Theatre. Expect a set that is raucous, rocking, beautiful, introspective — and everything in between.
5. "Home Alone" Pizza Party at the Alamo Drafthouse
7 and 7:25 p.m. Dec. 12. Alamo Lakeline, 14028 N. US Hwy. 183. and Alamo Mueller, 1911 Aldrich St. Ste. 120. $10. drafthouse.com/austin/show/home-alone-pizza-party.
"A lovely cheese pizza, just for me." Enjoy two very cheesy pizzas for the price of a single pie at a couple of special screenings of one of the ultimate Christmas movies, "Home Alone." In addition to the Alamo Drafthouse's Little Nero's Cheese Pizza special — topped with no less than five different cheeses — you can also order a couple dessert options, such as the Fuller, Go Easy on the Pepsi with vanilla ice cream and cola.
6. TexArts' "A Cool Yule: A Swinging Holiday Cabaret"
7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15, 20-21. $43-$53. 2300 Lohman's Spur, Ste. 160, Lakeway. tex-arts.org/upcoming-productions/.
This swingin' cabaret, a TexArts' holiday tradition, will warm your heart with the songs of Andy Williams, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sugarland, Michael Buble, Peggy Lee and more. The joyous evening of music features your favorite TexArts stars, including Julie Foster, Amy Nichols, Jarret Mallon, Jessica O'Brien and Jerome Schoolar. "A Cool Yule" will remind you how special the holidays really are. There will be a benefit performance on Dec. 16.
7. Resilience IPA Tapping at Hops & Grain
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 15. Free. 507 Calles St. facebook.com/events/784326528572718/.
Austin breweries, including Hops & Grain, joined thousands of breweries across the country to brew Sierra Nevada's Resilience Butte County Proud IPA on Giving Tuesday, in support of the Camp Fire victims in California. Now, it's ready to be tapped at the East Austin tasting room, where 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward the cause. Hops & Grain is also throwing an Ugly Sweater Party on that afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m.