Saturday, Dec. 1
Free; 5-10 p.m.
The reindeer have the night off, so Santa and his elves will be cruising the streets via the Thirsty Pedaler — you know, that long bike thing that looks like a moving bar. For the past 27 years, the first Saturday of December is when the holiday season officially hits the Highlands. Knock out some Christmas shopping or just enjoy the merry sights and sounds, as all of the local shops along Bardstown Road, Baxter Avenue, Barrett Avenue and Douglass Loop will be open with special treats like discounts, food, drinks and music. The lighting of the Highlands Holiday Tree is at 5:30 at Bardstown and Grinstead, and Santa will arrive at Bearno’s at 6. Two trolleys will be rolling through with live entertainment aboard all night, and there’s a holiday decorating contest sponsored by Four Roses bourbon. —Jane Mattingly
Saturday, Dec. 1
630 Barrett Ave.
$15; 9 p.m.
Stanton Warriors have been on a streak ever since they released their first album, Stanton Sessions 1, back in 2001, and last year’s single “Turn Me Up Some” dropped the spotlight back on this talented DJ-producer duo. These days, they are prone to play with more than just hip-hop and funky breakbeats, having absorbed a fair bit of house and dubstep influence to keep things fresh. Jack of all electronica trades Jonathan “Oreo” Harris brings an effortless blend of banging styles to rage to. Hometown hero DJ Goast will be on hand, mashing and mixing sick beats into a raw collage designed for you to bust a move. Additional support by Rudeboy Prospects and Goodvibez. —Austin Weber
Highlands American Legion
2919 Bardstown Road
Free; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.)
Assuming you aren’t insane enough to shop on Black Friday (dubbed American Retail Torture by the CIA), chances are you have a lot of gifts left to buy. Well here’s an opportunity to put a dent in that Christmas list without encountering droves of rabid shoppers in fluorescent-lit big-box stores. This annual holiday bazaar offers an eclectic array of gifts, from original art, jewelry and antiques to sports memorabilia, holiday decorations and pet-themed items. To further enhance your shopping experience, there will be plenty of hearty fare to nosh on while you browse. And if the food doesn’t warm you up, this certainly should: Because all inventory was donated, 100 percent of profits will benefit the Shamrock Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ending pet overpopulation and enhancing the lives of our four-legged friends. —Sarah Kelley