1. “A Christmas Carol” at Zach Theatre
Opens Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 29. $30-$112. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org
Austin's most rockin' holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. Zach Theatre's adaptation of the Dickens classic infuses the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Marc Pouhé stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and the Tony-nominated Mary Bridget Davies as Ghost of Christmas Present.
2. Austin Beerworks Harvest Beer Dinner
7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20. $70. 3001 Industrial Terrace. facebook.com/events/702689400140245
The Austin Beerworks barrel room hosts a five-course dinner, each dish created by ABW CAN-tina's chef Wes Knutson to pair with a special selection of the North Austin brewery’s small-batch and barrel-aged beers. The tentative menu includes dishes such as the roasted elk loin with the Sakuma Sour Brown Ale with cherries. You’ll even receive one of the barrel-aged beers to take home and savor at a later date.
3. Louis Prima’s Big Night 2019 at L'Oca D'Oro
5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 20. $75. 1900 Simond Ave., Suite 100. locadoroaustin.com/special-events/louis-primas-big-night
The outlandish timballo at the center of the iconic 1990s film “Big Night” takes center stage at this celebratory dinner. “Big Night” is the story of two Italian brothers opening a restaurant in 1950s New Jersey. In addition to the multiple courses, Mueller Italian restaurant L'Oca D'Oro screens the film, which will be accompanied by a live jazz trio playing songs by Prima and the Rat Pack.
4. “The Polar Express” Flashback Pajama Party at EVO
2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 20. $5. 3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle. evo-entertainment.com/movie/42160/The-Polar-Express-Trailer-and-Info
Come to this screening of the beloved book-to-film adaptation from childhood in your coziest pajamas. Classic hot chocolate will be offered for $5 at all locations. Plus, spiked options will also be available from behind the bar for $7, whether you pick a shot of peppermint Schnapps, chocolate liqueur or vanilla vodka to really warm up.