December brings the gift of seasonal entertainment. Whether you’re looking for holiday theater classics, dance or family fun, we have you covered.
NOW PLAYING - THEATER AND DANCE
Through Dec. 17
Elvis’ Rockin’ Nativity at ColdTowne Theater. Back in 1970, Elvis Presley and a cavalcade of stars, including Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby and Dolly Parton, taped a Christmas television special that mysteriously vanished before it could air. “Elvis’ Rockin’ Nativity” is that special. 8:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 17. $10. 4803 Airport Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/elvis-rockin-nativity-tickets-28923942290?aff=erelexpmlt.
Through Dec. 18
“Nuestra Pastorela.” Teatro Vivo debuts a new humor-filled musical adaptation of the traditional holiday tale. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 18. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. $15-$20. teatrovivo.org.
“A Tuna Christmas.” R. Michael Clinkscales and Jacob Vigil star in the two-actor, multiple character Lone Star holiday comedy classic about the denizens of the third smallest town in Texas. Opens 8 p.m. Dec. 2. and continues 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 18. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock. $15-$20. 512-763-7228, sambasstheatre.org.
Through Dec. 23
“An ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Classic Radiocast.” Penfold Theatre reprises its popular show about the fictional KPNF radio station in this sound effect-filled spin on Frank Capra’s holiday film masterpiece. Opens Dec. 1 with multiple showtimes through Dec. 23. Old Settler’s Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. $23-$25. 512-850-4849, penfoldtheatre.org.
“Christmas in the Community.” The Austin Symphony Orchestra is offering a series of free holiday music shows throughout the month of December. Various times and locations through Dec. 23. Free. austinsymphony.org.
Through Dec. 25
“The Santaland Diaries.” The inimitable Martin Burke returns to the role of the sarcastic and irreverent Macy’s elf in the stage adaptation of David Sedaris’ offbeat-yet-heartfelt holiday story. Multiple showtimes through Dec. 25. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road. $49. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
Through Dec. 30
“A Tuna Christmas.” Frank Benge and Kirk Kelso star in this very Texas holiday show that finds the residents of the third smallest town in Texas competing in a yard decorating contest. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 30 (no shows Dec. 24-25). Georgetown Palace Theatre Playhouse, 817 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. $30. 512-869-7469, georgetownpalace.com.
Through Dec. 31
“A Christmas Carol.” Zach Theatre’s pop-music-infused extravagant version of Dickens’ sentimental classic returns, this time starring Jaston Williams as Scrooge. Multiple showtimes through Dec. 31. Topfer Theatre, Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. $54-$154. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
COMING SOON - THEATER AND DANCE
“The Nutcracker.” Ballet Austin, accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, presents its spectacular and traditional production of this classic tale. Various times through Dec. 23. The Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. $24-$89. 512-476-2163, balletaustin.org.
“Circus Festivus.” Sky Candy aerialists celebrate the holidays with a family-friendly show. 4:30 p.m. North Door, 502 Brushy St. $15-$80. skycandyaustin
“Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker.” Tapestry Dance Company stages its spirited jazz and tap version of the traditional “Nutcracker.” Multiple showtimes Dec. 8-18. $23-$34. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
Dec. 9-11 and 16-18
The Austin City Ballet’s 16th Annual Austin Children’s Nutcracker. An all-ages show of the holiday classic presented by young dancers. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and 16-17; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and 17-18. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. $15-$25; children younger than 3 on parent’s lap are free. austinchildrensnutcracker2016.bpt.me
“Hard Candy: Industry Night Holiday Show.” Austin’s brightest and funniest performers use their Monday nights off to put on a crackling comedic old-style variety show filled with up-to-the-minute skits, songs, short films and every kind of antic. Musical guest is Graham Reynolds. 7 p.m. North Door, 502 Brushy St. $10. industrynightvariety.com
Dec. 28-Jan. 8
“The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!).” Circus Chickendog is Austin’s original offbeat one-man, six-dog circus complete with a talking macaw, plenty of circus tricks and its singular adaptation of “The Nutcracker.” Multiple showtimes Dec. 28-Jan. 8. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. $15-$35. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org.