Bring down the house.
Leckerli House from Swissbäkers
What: Amend your empty-handed ways and gift the fam a European-style gingerbread house built from honey cookies and imported Swiss milk chocolate ($20).
Why: Give your cake and eat it, too.
When: Available thru Sat. Thurs. & Fri., 5:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 32 Lincoln St., Reading (781-942-1199).
What: A free app that details where Boston’s top toques like to eat, with their highly personalized dish recommendations. Search by dish or chef, or let the app find eats based on your location.
Why: Who knew that Jasper White slurps soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe and Tony Maws downs dosas at Dosa Factory? Now you do.
When: You’re getting hungry.
Where: Online at itunes.com.
Moo Shu Jew
What: Keep the Chinese but skip the movie in favor of comedians like Jim David, Ophira Eisenberg, and Cory Kahaney, who subvert the seasonal tradition with a Jewish-themed standup act.
Why: Takeout gets trumped by a five-course, sit-down banquet.
When: Sat., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Hei La Moon, 88 Beach St., Chinatown. Tickets ($65) online at ovationtix.com.
What: Release the day’s drama during a stress-busting vinyasa class ($14) in a twinkly studio; treats like cranberry bread, cheese, and biscotti to follow.
Why: Play reindeer games with the resident pups, who just might sport antlers for the occasion.
When: Sun., 9-10:30 a.m. & 4-5:30 p.m.
Where: Be in Union Yoga, 11b Bow St., Union Square (617-623-9642).
Take It from the Top at Brix on Broad
What: Take pause from your eleventh-hour shopping panic to sample some of the store’s higher-end wine offerings, served in crystal stemware, for free.
Why: Incentive to splurge on the Connoisseur’s Six, featuring chichi picks like a Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a Barolo ($125).
When: Today, 5-7 p.m.
Where: 105 Broad St., Financial District (617-542-2749 ext. 2).
Backwards & in High Heels: a Tribute to Ginger Rogers
What: Sashay it to the the-at-ah to gape at the redhead’s hoofing brilliance (with Fred, of course) in Top Hat and Shall We Dance.
Why: You got tap shoes under the tree this year.
When: Sun., 2:30, 4:45, 7 & 9:15 p.m.
Where: The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square (617-876-6837). Tickets ($8-$10) online at vendini.com.
Photo: Dana Wendt / Courtesy of Swissbakers