1. End of the World Music Festival at Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 (Friday, Dec. 21)

I’m not going to rule out the end of the world yet, but I was really expecting to leave my house this morning and see no cars on the road, only tumbleweeds (though turning on X92.9 and hearing R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” on loop was amusing). If the world does end in the next 12 hours, then the End of the World Music Festival curator Kenna Burima has you covered with her survival kit. If it doesn’t, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some live music at the Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 with Mike Watson and the 6L6s (sample them above), the Pine Tarts and more. Also, what’s a good end of the world party without an after brunch? The Palomino is the place tomorrow from 12-4 p.m. where you can nurse your world-ending hangover.

2. A Very Lego Christmas at Ranchlands Community Centre (Saturday, Dec. 22)

I don’t know if I like the Star Wars ska music of this Lego time lapse video or the description (“It took eight Mountain Dews and nine hours to complete.”) more. See the miracle of some holiday themed Lego sets without experiencing the tedium of watching them get built at A Very Lego Christmas in Ranchlands. It makes for a good, last-minute, cheap holiday date, as well.

3. Gremlins at The Plaza Theatre (Saturday, Dec. 22)

The Fifth Reel is screening the oft-forgotten holiday movie. They’re also expecting you to show up in an ugly sweater, so don’t disappoint. It might be too late to order from this website, though.

4. Holidaze featuring Mat the Alien at The Republik (Saturday, Dec. 22)

The Mayan Apocalypse may not have happened, but aliens did land. Well, one did, and his name is Mat, which is a fairly non-threatening name for an extraterrestrial. The Shambhala Music Festival regular headlines The Supreme Hustle’s holiday show with Sticky Budz and A-Sides.

5. A Perfectly Frank Christmas at River Park Church (Sunday, Dec. 23)

The weather outside is going to be frightfully cold on Sunday, but you do have a place to go: The Calgary Jazz Orchestra’s tribute to Frank Sinatra and his favourite Christmas tunes with Johnny Summers taking the role of ol’ blue eyes. —Jon Roe

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