1. Holiday Stroll and Downtown Tree Lighting
5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1. Free. Congress Avenue and Eleventh Street. facebook.com/events/2063625763700359/.
Join fellow Austinites in a cheery walk along Congress Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets. KUT and KUTX host a Holiday Sing-Along with John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen near the Capitol from 6 p.m. until the lighting of the 45-foot downtown tree at 7 p.m. There will also be a holiday market, children's playland and live music from the Polyphonic Spree, Superfónicos, Shy Beast, DJ Girlfriend and the Austin Children’s Choir. And Santa might make an appearance, too. — Abigail Rosenthal
2. Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
3 p.m. Nov. 25. $29-$49. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.
The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all-new adventure — this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that allows you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago. Erth shows use actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create amazing visual shows connecting audiences to the real science of paleontology.
3. Blue Genie Art Bazaar
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24. 6100 Airport Blvd. bluegenieartbazaar.com.
Want to give something unique to your loved ones this year? Blue Genie, the annual four-week holiday art and shopping depot, is back, featuring thousands of one-of-a-kind gifts by more than 200 artisans. Each year, the bazaar honors its commitment to giving back with Make-A-Wish Mondays, when 10 percent of that day's profits are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas. Live music also plays on Wednesday nights.
4. Superfonicos at Waterloo Records
5 p.m. Tuesday. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-2500, waterloorecords.com.
Rooted in the traditions of Colombian music, the mighty eight-piece Caribe soul outfit blends indigenous and Afro-Colombian sounds with funk, hip-hop and rock 'n' roll. First and foremost, they are a dance band, inviting audiences to move their bodies “toward a place in your mind beyond struggle and strife.” This in-store performance, celebrating the release of their new EP, “Suelta,” will feature some of the same ebullient jams alongside a few new tunes. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
5. "A Christmas Carol" at Zach Theatre
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with additional performance 7:30 p.m. Dec. 25, through Dec. 30. $30-$170. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
Kicking off the holiday season, Jaston Williams of "Greater Tuna" fame will return to play Ebenezer Scrooge in the play that has become a Zach Theatre tradition — and also not like any versions of "A Christmas Carol" you might have seen before. This inspired adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras, thanks to three soulful ghosts and more.
6. Our Big Fat Greek Wine Dinner at Aviary Wine & Kitchen
6 to 9 p.m. Nov 29. $98. 2110 S. Lamar Blvd. eventbrite.com/e/our-big-fat-greek-wine-dinner-w-gavalas-winery-tickets-52268012031?.
Celebrate the oldest producer in Santorini's visit to Texas: Gavalas Winery. It will be a night to remember as one of Austin's quirkiest wine bars journeys through the island via the grape varieties and wines that have made Gavalas one of the greatest Greek wine producers today. The dinner pairs five different courses to the wines of Gavalas as the family explains a little about the history and world of Greek wines. Consider it a vacation in a night.
7. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
8 p.m. Nov. 30. $45-$100. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.
Every holiday season, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis brings this Grammy Award–winning holiday extravaganza to venues across the country, and the Paramount has become one of those venues after many years. With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, "Big Band Holidays" is an uplifting tradition that will feature imaginative new versions of classics like “White Christmas” and “Merry Christmas, Baby.”