Thanksgiving was as early as it could be this year, which means even more time for holiday cheer after the turkey is put away. Here’s a look at some of Central Texas’ merriest arts offerings this holiday season.

 “White Christmas”

Various times through Dec. 30. $15-$32. Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 South Austin Ave., Georgetown

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, originally played by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, spread Christmas cheer with two singing sisters.

“A Christmas Carol”

Various times through Dec. 30. $25-$165. Zach Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd.

Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic gets a slight remix, featuring a score that “spans all genres and eras.”

“A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast”

Various times Nov. 29-Dec. 29. $15-$25. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

The players of the fictional KPNF radio station tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge through voice actors and sound effects, drawing audiences back to 1940 and the Golden Age of Radio.

“The Nutcracker”

7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2. $20. Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St.

Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble and guest artists from Ballet Austin put a new spin on the classic holiday story.

Handel’s “Messiah”

8 p.m. Dec. 4-5. $15-$60. Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway; Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway.

Austin Symphony Orchestra brings the classical celebration of Jesus’ life to Hyde Park Baptist Church on Dec. 4 and Emmaus Catholic Church on Dec. 5.


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“The Santaland Diaries”

Various times Dec. 5-30. $48. Zach Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd.

David Sedaris’ tale of a Macy’s elf ponders all the trials of being the bearer of Christmas cheer for a more cynical and sarcastic take on the holidays. The Dec. 12 show features a post-show discussion. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

“The Nutcracker”

Various times Dec. 7-23. $15-$99. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker” comes to life from Ballet Austin for the 56th year, featuring live accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. $22-$37. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave.

Austin Chamber Music Center presents its annual holiday concert celebrating the tunes from one of our favorite animated TV specials.


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“Holiday Heroes”

11 a.m. Dec. 8 and 15. $18-$24. Zach Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd.

Zach brings back this fun holiday sing-along perfect for kids.

“Of Mice & Music — A Jazz Tap Nutcracker”

Various times Dec. 13-23. $19-$39. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Tapestry Dance Company’s jazzy take on the classic brings a modern twist to a holiday tradition.

“A Cool Yule”

7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15, 20-21. $43-$53. Kam & James Morris Theatre, 2300 Lohmans Spur, Suite #160, Lakeway.

The sixth annual holiday cabaret from TexArts features the songs of Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and more.

Ballet Afrique’s “The Nutcracker Suite”

Dec. 14-15. Free. Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St.

Ballet Afrique presents Duke Ellington's "The Nutcracker Suite" with young ballerinas en pointe.

"The Muttcracker (Sweet!)"

Various times Dec. 20-Jan. 6. $15-$35. 2307 Manor Road.

Rescue dogs? Juggling? A talking macaw? Circus Chickendog returns to the Vortex for its holiday spectacular featuring five furry friends.