There's a good chance you're already beyond tired of hearing Christmas music. It's pretty much everywhere right now—in stores, restaurants, bars and in commercials (with key lyrics changed to be about smartphones or discounts at Big Lots). But you can still celebrate holiday music without the risk of it turning lame. There are plenty of cool holiday happenings in local venues this month, in a variety of styles and genres.

The Casbah (2501 Kettner Blvd.) is hosting a couple of holiday standards, first with the El Vez and his annual Merry Mexmas show on Friday, Dec. 18, which also features Creepxotica. Just a few days later, the annual Exile on Kettner Blvd. event, featuring local musicians covering the Rolling Stones, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 24.

Prefer a little more titillation? Try the Kensington Club Xmas Party featuring veteran local surf-garage rockers Deadbolt, and some bawdy entertainment from Hell on Heels Burlesque at Kensington Club (4079 Adams Ave.) on Saturday, Dec. 19. Or maybe a punk rock Christmas is the way to go, in which case you'll want to hit up the Slabby Holidaze show, with Strung Out performing their album Exile in Oblivion, on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Brick by Brick (1130 Buenos Ave.).

The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach (143 S. Cedros Ave.) is hosting A Beatles Christmas featuring Abbey Road on Tuesday, Dec. 22, followed the next night by Country Christmas headlined by Nancarrow on Wednesday, Dec. 23. And if you prefer your Christmas jams on the wheels of steel, the Whistle Stop in South Park (2236 Fern St.) is holding The War on Xmas Ends Here on Dec. 20, featuring DJ Mario Orduno, and a Cozy Xmas Party on Dec. 24 with DJ Shoeshine and hot toddys, in case you want to have a more mellow evening before Santa invades your chimney.


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