Commentary: Country Punk Extravaganza might not be the first three-word phrase that comes to mind during the holidays, but the reunited local band fronted by Andrew J. Reimers is joined on the Saturday night bill by Last Conservative, the Albrights and the Innocent Bystanders.
A portion of the proceeds benefits Horizon Health Services, which works with those battling mental health and substance abuse issues.
Commentary: It's easy to have a soft spot for Santa-themed bar crawls, especially when they're organized locally (just look at the SantaCon gallery from early December). How can you not smile when jolly, red-clad, bearded humans mill about Allentown?
DBGB, The Exchange, Gabriel's Gate, Frizzy's and Don Tequila are among the stops, where attendees will receive drink deals if they purchase a wristband for $10. Bonus points for this line in the event's FAQ: "This is NOT Santarchy, it is a civil pub-crawl."
3) Egg Nog Jog, 10 a.m. Dec. 24 at Fleet Feet Sports (2290 Delaware Ave.). Free to participate.
Commentary: Unlike Thanksgiving and the Turkey Trot, Christmas in Buffalo has no annual exercise event attached to it (if you act upon this idea, I'd like my royalties in custard-filled eclairs), so typically it's just you, a bleak treadmill, sore muscles and minimal sunlight.
Enter the Egg Nog Jog, a three-mile fun run on Christmas Eve through North Buffalo via Fleet Feet Sports, which concludes with eggnog and cookies at the finish line. Theoretically, taking part in the run means you're entitled to more cookies later on.
4) The Christmas Party 13, 9 p.m. Dec. 25 in Pearl Street Grill and Brewery (76 Pearl St.). Tickets begin at $20 for general admission - an affordable $25 for VIP, which includes two drinks - and both options can be purchased here.
Commentary: It takes confidence to throw an event on Christmas, but MNM Presents has hosted this multi-floor, DJ-driven party for 13 years now, and it seems to be going strong.
Just a few of the names who'll be spinning are Xotec, Big Basha, Rufus Gibson, Sunglasses Mike, 3PO, and the party runs late into the night. Se2 Silent Disco is an additional perk to the VIP passes.
5) Merry Nerdmas '80s Bash, 9:28 p.m. Dec. 23 in The Cove (4701 Transit Road, Depew). No tickets necessary, but there is a cover charge of $5.
Commentary: The musical connoisseurs of nerdom will invade the suburban venue on Saturday night with their striking outfits (perhaps fluorescent suspenders?) and merrily amusing tracks.
A Sam Adams tasting, drink specials and Christmas trivia fill out the event, which promises to be pleasantly weird.
Commentary: The Disney musical has graced The 10 once before, but The News reviewer Melinda Miller handed four stars to the production, and I just have to include this snippet about Timon and savanna-clearing Pumbaa, since they're my favorite characters.
"Equally impressive, though, is the joy the performers appear to take in their roles. According to the program, Ben Lipitz has played Pumbaa the flatulent warthog more than 5,000 times, and clearly he loves it. He wears his exaggerated costume like a second skin, disappearing into it nearly completely. Nick Cordileone as the happily pragmatic meerkat Timon could not have a better foil."
7) Ryan Stang's 15th annual Christmas Bash, 9 p.m. Dec. 22 in VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Tickets are $50 at the door.
Commentary: Ryan Stang, the founder and director of Spikes for Tykes charity volleyball tournament, throws another bash on Friday night, this time to benefit the Badge of Honor Association, which supports the families of fallen officers, or those injured in the line of duty.
Four hours of open bar, music by Scott Baxter and an appearance from Bills punter Colton Schmidt and former sheriff Pat Gallivan are other perks of the event. More than 30 local officers will be recognized on stage at the formal event, too.
8) Winfield's Pub holiday party, 9 p.m. Dec. 23 at 1213 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. Free to attend.
Commentary: The Lackawanna restaurant-bar is one of at least 13 in the area to serve a Tom & Jerry winter cocktail over the holidays, but Winfield's is available for only three nights, capped by Saturday's holiday party, where those in an ugly sweater get their first T&J for just $1.
Local musician Grace Stumberg will serenade the crowd with Christmas music, while craft beers (draft) and wine will cost only $4 from 9 p.m. to close. Read more about the winter cocktail at the link below:
9) Festivus in Hydraulic Hearth, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at 716 Swan St. Free to attend.
Commentary: The "Seinfeld"-inspired holiday party in Larkinville boasts an amusing gaggle of contests: An Elaine dance-off, a George Costanza lookalike challenge and two already sold-out trivia competitions centered on the timeless show.
Refreshments include Papi's Pizza, Snapple Punch and Community Beer Works' brews. Don't forget to air your grievances on Hydraulic Hearth's board, too.
10) Red & Sexi Party, 9 p.m. Dec. 23 in Milkie's on Elmwood (522 Elmwood Ave.). Tickets are $10, while ladies get in free before 10:30 p.m.
Commentary: Attendees are asked to flaunt their most vibrant red formal attire in Milkie's on Saturday, as Grind City and Plug Life join forces to throw a themed party. DJ Flash is the scheduled performer.