1) SantaCon Buffalo, 1:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 on Chippewa Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here or in the registration tent outside D'Arcy McGee's at 1:30 p.m. day-of. Also, if you bring a new toy for the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Black Rock, then you get a free drink at each of the participating bars.
Commentary: We hope Santa's liver is prepared for the annual SantaCon, a national party presented by Labatt Blue and Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire in which Buffalo participates. Patrons are encouraged to dress up in their best Santa garb -- you have to think glistening white beards are a must -- as they stroll along Chippewa to bars like D'Arcy McGee's, 67 West, Soho Burger Bar, The Lodge, Tap House and Indulge.
2) "Annie," 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 12, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.) Tickets, which range from $32 to $72, are limited but can still be purchased here.
Commentary: You can bet your bottom dollar that "Annie" is popular whenever the musical comes to Buffalo -- judging by Shea's ticket page, there aren't many seats left for this weekend. If you're unfamiliar with the plot, or just need a refresher, Annie is an 11-year-old orphan who is oppressed in an orphanage by Miss Hannigan, but -- largely due to her positive mindset and gumption. I won't ruin the rest for you.
3) Canalside Holiday Market, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Free to attend and browse the local offerings.
Commentary: A common refrain in The 10 lists since Thanksgiving has been opportunities to shop local for the holidays. Fortunately, perhaps more than ever, those chances are in abundance.
Look to the right for the list of vendors to be stationed at Canalside, adjacent to the ice rink -- with many inside a heated tent. Honestly, they may not need the heat on Saturday, but it's good to be prepared.
Commentary: After a showing of "The Breakfast Club," the film in which Ringwald starred in 1985, the actress will speak with the University at Buffalo audience. Gusto Editor Toni Ruberto caught up with Ringwald in an interview to discuss why it was important for Ringwald to recognize the 30th anniversary, why the film has gained posterity and what she's been up to in her professional life.
5) "Four Falls of Buffalo," ESPN "30 for 30" -- 9:30 p.m. Dec. 12 on ESPN. It's free, assuming you've kept up with your cable bill.
Commentary: Thanks to the generosity of a friend, I was invited to check out "The Four Falls of Buffalo" screening on Wednesday in the North Park Theatre. If you've watched any of the other creations in the "30 for 30" series, you'll know that the production is outstanding, the interviews are top-notch and the material usually triggers a great deal of emotion.
6) Shop South Buffalo, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 on Abbott Road, Seneca Street and South Park Avenue. Free to browse the shops, which will be open late.
Commentary: I love writing about South Buffalo because, anecdotally at least, the neighborhood loves to support community activities. Friday night's Shop South Buffalo begins at the Irish Center (245 Abbott Road) and allows shoppers to explore 40 different businesses, all of which are offering some type of special. You can find the list of participants here.
7) Mr. Boneless, Dreambeaches, Sonny Baker, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) Tickets are $5 at the door.
Commentary: Want to see indie rock bands from Fredonia, Rochester and Buffalo on one bill? Friday night is worth the trip downtown, as Mac McGuire details in his concert preview [while you're at it, browse photos from The Sleepy Hahas show in Mohawk]. Listen to Mr. Boneless's 2015 album release, "Urban Decay," below, via BandCamp.
8) Holiday Sip & Shop, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 in Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards (3724 Quaker Road, Gasport). Free to explore and shop.
Commentary: Unless you live there, regularly attend wine tours or get invited to a bunch of rural weddings, you probably haven't spent much time in Gasport. The calendar may not agree, but this weekend will seem like early fall in Niagara County -- albeit without the foliage -- but you can shop locally and snag some wine from Vizcarra. List of visiting vendors -- all local -- is here.
9) Celebrations!, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Cost included with museum admission and is free for members. $10 for adults, $9 for Seniors (62+), $8 for children (2-17), students and military with identification.
Commentary: Your Saturday adventure can take you to the Museum of Science, where families can poke around at Celebrations!, an exhibit that highlights holiday traditions from around the world -- Ukraine, Japan and more -- and includes several activities.
For adults, a screening of immensely popular 3-D movie "Jerusalem" will take place at the museum on Dec. 12 and 13. The film homes in on the city of Jerusalem, the religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, as well as the archaeology and geography of the Middle Eastern city. Showings are at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
10) Visit The Pub by Wegmans, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 12; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 at 8270 Transit Road, Williamsville. Price varies by item on the menu.
Commentary: It's not every day that you get to enjoy a full-service meal inside a grocery store, but the Williamsville Wegmans opened The Pub this week, and we've already popped in for a Starters post. There's an adage that says you should never shop hungry, but what about drinking wine or beer before or after shopping? Nothing rings a bell in regard to that. But hey, these scallops look nice!
Email Ben Tsujimoto at btsujimoto@Buffnews.com