Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Donate to charity for free Harpoon samples or enjoy a holiday classic matinée. Plus: Beyoncé!

Beyoncé at TD Garden

The queen is in town—need we say more? Beyoncé, who just released a new album without any prior marketing except for a single “Surprise!” Instagram, will grace Boston with her presence this Friday, and believe it or not, the show isn’t sold out. Sure, you might have to drop a couple hundred of dollars, but she just managed to drop 17 music videos seemingly out of thin air, so this will definitely be worth it.

$45-250+, Friday, December 20, 8 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way,

Beerfest + Charity
Harpoon Holiday Party

The Next 26, an organization hosting 26 charity events leading up to the 2014 Boston Marathon, is taking over the Harp this Thursday night with barrels of Harpoon favorites in tow. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and receive free admission; a Harpoon brewery tour voucher; and a raffle ticket to win lift passes to Mount Sunapee, a snowboard and skis from K2 Skis, and a variety of Harpoon gear. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, live music from Ryan Brooks Kelly, and, of course, plenty of beer samples, including Harpoon’s Bronze King, a limited release barley wine.

21+, $5 suggested donation or free with a toy donation, Thursday, December 19, 6-10 p.m., The Harp, 85 Causeway St.,

Family Fun + Charity
Free Holiday Classics at Showcase Cinemas

Looking for a more family-friendly charitable outing this weekend? Collect some canned goods, head over to participating Showcase Cinemas locations (nearby ones include Revere and Woburn), hand over your donations at the box office to support a local food pantry, and enjoy a free matinée screening of White Christmas. It’s simple, generous, and fun—what the holidays are all about.

Free with non-perishable food item donation, Saturday, December 21, 10 a.m., participating Showcase Cinemas locations,

Ice Skating
Skate with Santa at Boston Harbor Hotel

This weekend, visit Boston Harbor Hotel’s newly opened rink for skating in a more safe and festive environment. Enjoy refreshments, holiday music, and the waterfront view (make sure to bundle up!) while the little ones share their holiday wish lists with Santa, who will be on-site this Saturday afternoon.

$10 for adults, $5 for children, free for children under 5, Saturday, December 21, 2-5 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf,

Holiday Shopping
Local Is for Lovers Holiday Market

Procrastinated for too long? Desperately need a super-last-minute holiday shopping opportunity? Head over to the Local Is for Lovers Holiday Market at the Armory in Somerville this Sunday. Enjoy music courtesy of David Tanklefsky as you browse goods from local vendors like Pink Pigeon Creations, Somerville Soap Works, The Bead Lady, and more.

Free, Sunday, December 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville,