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 furry friends. This year’s production stars five talented rescue dogs, a talking scarlet macaw and their handler, Darren Peterson. This year’s guest stars are the Famiglia Gentile, a famous foot-juggling family. 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.
“A Christmas Carol” at Zach Theatre. 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. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26-28, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 29. $30-$112. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org
The Boxing Day English Premiere League Party. Scholz Garten has teamed up with the Austin Men's Soccer Association to present the first of many more English Premier League watch parties on Boxing Day, a British holiday. The beer garden opens bright and early, at 6 a.m., for breakfast and a showing of several matches into the afternoon. There is also an early happy hour (early as in 7 a.m.). 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. facebook.com/events/937733219954566
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 through Jan. 20. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 525 N. Lamar Blvd. rooftoprink.com
Black-Eyed Pea Run. Rogue Running’s annual Black-Eyed Pea Run is all about starting the new year off on the right foot. What’s your running or fitness goal for the year? You set the distance and the pace in this social run, which has traditional black-eyed peas (and mimosas!) for good luck waiting for you at the store afterward. The community run starts at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 from the shop’s 410 Pressler St. location. Free. roguerunning.com/night-run-series/black-eyed-pea-run-2020. — Johanna Gretschel