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Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a big 'ol pile of smoked animal flesh.

Pinkerton's Hill Country Christmas Party

Dec. 15 | Pinkerton's Barbecue

We've been gushing about Pinkerton's ever since 28-year-old Grant Pinkerton opened this barbecue mecca last year (apparently Forbes agrees, granting the pitmaster a spot on its annual "30 under 30 list"). This weekend, Pinkerton's is teaming up with Saint Arnold Brewing Company to throw a party. There will be a special menu of limited-edition meats, and plenty of rare holiday brews to wash it down.

Tickets $80. Pinkerton's Barbecue, 1504 Airline Dr. 713-802-2000. More info and tickets via Facebook.

Handel's Messiah

Thru Dec. 17 | Jones Hall

A holiday tradition akin to The Nutcracker, the Houston Symphony, along with soloists and a chorus, will channel Handel's 1742 masterpiece to stir your soul. Even if you're not religious, it's a wonderful evening of music and a perfect way to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Tickets from $10. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. More info and tickets at houstonsymphony.org.

Day for Night Festival

Dec. 15–17 | Post HTX

Yes, you might have to sell some plasma to afford a two-day pass (the festival actually offers a payment plan for the budget conscious), but you also cannot say you don't get your money's worth at the combination arts/music festival that takes over Post HTX, the former downtown post office. With speakers ranging from Chelsea Manning to Laurie Anderson, artists including James Turrell's protege, and musicians like Thom Yorke, St. Vincent, and Solange, there's no shortage of star power. We help you narrow your choices here.

Tickets from $95. Post HTX, 401 Franklin St. More info and tickets at dayfornight.io.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Now Playing | Multiple Locations

Two years after the last installment, Rey (Daisy Ridley) continues with her Jedi awakening with the help of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), while also plotting against the mega-evil First Order. True fans will bring tissues as the film dredges up sad memories of the late Carrie Fischer, who died after filming wrapped.

Tickets and showtimes via Fandango.

A Christmas Story at Karbach Biergarten

Dec. 17 | Karbach Brewing Co.

We're in no way surprised the brewery behind the "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out" holiday beer decided to erect a screen and project A Christmas Story, the brew's beloved (if polarizing) inspiration. The first 100 attendees will receive a free commemorative glass, but do remember to bring your own chair. 

Free. Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach Rd. 713-680-3729. More info via Facebook.

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