Film


The Fair of the Aeronauts. In celebration of “The Aeronauts,” Amazon Prime Video hosts this extravagant recreation of the World’s Fair that launched the real-life aeronauts to fame in 1862. In addition to taking flight in a functional replica of the Mammoth balloon featured in the movie, you can also be entertained by a legion of performers, such as an aerial acrobat, rope walker and juggler. 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Free. Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St. eventbrite.com/e/the-aeronauts-incredible-journeythe-cross-country-ballooning-fair-tickets-81631286375


Nightlife


The South Pole at Geraldine’s. Last year, the restaurant at the Hotel Van Zandt transformed into a life-size snow globe. This year, Geraldine’s is turning into the South Pole, complete with a snow machine, cozy igloo lounges on the pool deck, an appearance by Southern Santa and a holiday-themed cocktail menu with drinks such as the Ho Ho Horchata. A holiday market with local brands including Son of a Sailor also runs the duration of the pop-up. 6 p.m. Dec. 17-21. 605 Davis St. geraldinesaustin.com


Family


“Sesame Street Live: Let's Party.” This interactive show unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets and at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. At “Sesame Street Live,” learn new songs and sing along to familiar ones with Oscar and Cookie Monster; build a snowman with Elmo; flap your wings with Big Bird; marvel at Abby’s magic; be amazed when Super Grover flies; and move to the rhythm with Rosita. 2 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18. $35-$70. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. sesamestreetlive.com/lets-party


Coming up


“A 17th-Century Venetian Christmas.” During the 17th century, Venice was the epicenter of musical grandeur in all of Europe. This holiday, experience the glory of Baroque Venice in Austin in the soaring acoustics of the chapel of the St. Louis Catholic Church as the sound of voices, organ, cornetto, sackbuts, dulcian and theorbo resound in splendor. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20. $10-$45. 7601 Burnet Rd. ensembleviii.org/tickets


“The Nutcracker.” The world’s best-known ballet has been an Austin tradition for 57 years. Ballet Austin combines vibrant sets and costumes with Stephen Mills’ choreography, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music and the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s live accompaniment for this breathtaking production of “The Nutcracker.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with additional 7:30 p.m. performances Dec. 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 23, through Dec. 23. $20-$99. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. balletaustin.org