Also in Weekend:

Though many people may be buying last-minute gifts and preparing family dinners, there are lots of great events going on this holiday weekend, too. Among our favorites: Water-skiing Santa, the Wu-Tang Clan and a party that takes the Chinese-food-and-a-movie stereotype of Christmas Day to the next level.

Looking to dine out Christmas Day? We’ve got a roundup of some restaurants that will be open and what they’ll be serving.

Relive the year in local rock, jazz, hip-hop, electronic and more as David Malitz, Mark Jenkins and Mike Joyce break down the best local albums and songs of 2011.Click that link to listen to some of them.

New Year’s Eve parties can get pretty expensive, what with cover charges, prix-fixe menus and the like. If you’re looking for a fun time that doesn’t require breaking the bank, we’ve got a list of parties for you.

The food at Jimmy John’s may be fairly simple, but the franchise has endeared itself to many who remember munching on the sandwiches in their college town. See why nostalgia may be the chain’s most powerful ingredient.

Michael O’Sullivan reviews Chul Hyun Ahn’s “Illuminated Void,” an exhibit of light-box sculptures by the Korean-born Baltimore-based artist that create the illusion of dimly lit passageways.

Get ready for the new year in theater with a preview of shows coming to local stages in January.

See reviews of the all the upcoming movie releases, including the latest from directors Cameron Crowe (“We Bought a Zoo”) and Steven Spielberg (“War Horse”).