1. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar kickoff with Dale Watson, Gina Chavez, Ulla
Noon Dec. 13. $10 (free for ages 12 and under); $50 season pass. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. armadillobazaar.com.
An Austin holiday tradition since the mid-1970s, this 12-day event is first and foremost a shopping extravaganza, with dozens of booths featuring all manner of gift items. But music has been central to the bazaar’s identity since its initial years at the iconic Armadillo World Headquarters (that’s where the name comes from). The first night features a fittingly diverse array of local acts, with honky-tonker Dale Watson at 7 p.m., Latin rock-pop stylist Gina Chavez at 3 p.m. and the recently formed Irish music outfit Ulla at noon. — Peter Blackstock
2. Penfold Theatre’s “It's a Wonderful Life: Classic Radiocast”
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 21, through Dec. 21. $16-$31. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. penfoldtheatre.org
Back by popular demand, the holiday show draws audience members back in time to 1946 as members of the KPNF radio station are assembling for a live radio performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Through dozens of characterizations and live foley sound effects, five actors tell the entire story, putting an imaginative twist on a cherished holiday tradition.
3. The Candy Cane Crawl
6 p.m. Dec. 13. Free. 4550 Mueller Blvd. facebook.com/events/2463849413903852
The businesses in the Mueller district are feeling extra festive and are banding together to host this family-friendly event for the holiday season. Activities include caroling from the Mueller Community Singers, hot chocolate from Colleen’s Kitchen and a flashlight hunt for candy canes that will begin at 7 p.m. Flashlights will be provided, as well as prizes for the person who finds the most candy canes. Holiday raiment is encouraged.
4. Up & Down Tour with Independence Brewing Co.
10 a.m. Dec. 14. $25. Little City Coffee Roasters, 415 E. Saint Elmo Road, Suite 4A. eventbrite.com/e/up-down-tour-with-little-city-and-independence-brewing-co-tickets-78093135671
Learn about the parallels between two of Austin’s favorite beverages — beer and coffee. Little City Coffee has teamed up with Independence Brewing for the next installment in this series at both venues. First, you’ll create your own roast at Little City; then, you’ll head to Independence, which recently released a coffee blonde ale, for a behind-the-scenes brewery tour and beer tasting.
5. Eberly’s Gingerbread Decorating Workshop
6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15. $75. 615 S. Lamar Blvd. eberly.ticketleap.com/gingerbread-party
This may well be the fanciest gingerbread decorating workshop you’ve ever participated in. You’ll be fully supplied with candies, icing and sweet treats to decorate a gingerbread house while having small bites and signature cocktails at Eberly. Pastry chefs Jules Stoddart from Olamaie and Michelle Arcilla Hall from Second Bar + Kitchen will join Eberly’s Pastry Chef Sarah Seghi and her talented team to help guests decorate.