Recreation


CultureMap Rooftop Rink at Whole Foods Market. Who says you need snow outside to go ice skating? CultureMap sponsors this year’s ice skating rink at the top of Whole Foods’ downtown flagship store, where you can go to feel extra holiday cheer in a winter wonderland setting. All tickets include skate rentals and require a signed waiver. You are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance for a designated time slot. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 525 N. Lamar Blvd. rooftoprink.com


Theater & dance


“The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)” Rescue dogs? Juggling? A talking macaw? You know what that means: Circus Chickendog returns to the Vortex for its holiday spectacular featuring several furry friends. This year’s production is once again based on “The Nutcracker” and about a girl, Clara Marie, exploring the magical world of Doglandia. Opens Dec. 19. 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, with additional 4:30 p.m. show Jan. 1, through Jan. 5. $15-$37. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org


“Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Tap Nutcracker.” Tapestry Dance Company's holiday show is a jazzed-up version of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, “The Nutcracker.” Head to the Long Center to see the show, which unites the company’s professional dancers with the rising stars of its pre-apprentice youth company Visions in Rhythm and the children and adults who study with its dance academy. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21, 2 p.m. Dec. 21-22. $24-$34. 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.


Music


“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


Nightlife


Bean to Bar: Make Your Own Chocolate. Make chocolate from bean to bar with Austin brand Srsly Chocolate’s owner and chocolate-maker, Bob Williamson. The workshop will go over all aspects of chocolate making, from sorting, cracking, winnowing and grinding cocoa beans to tempering and molding stone-ground chocolate. This class does it all. Participants get to handcraft and customize their own chocolate bars. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19. $55. CRAFT, 4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/1579427245532132