1. "Krampus: A Haunted Christmas"
7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 7-8. $26.99-$99.99. 2632 Ridgepoint Drive. krampushauntedchristmas.com/austin/.
The creators of the House of Torment are giving a Halloween twist to the holiday season with this two-day haunted attraction. This year, the nightmarish demon Krampus has returned to terrorize children at Christmastime, and Jack Frost has joined him as the ultimate trickster. Once you’re at the House of Torment site, you can also participate in mini escape games, drink your scares away at Torment Tavern, grab a photo op with Krampus himself and chow down on holiday treats.
2. "A Magical Cirque Christmas" at ACL Live
4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 2. $35-$150. 310 W. Second St. acl-live.com/calendar/magical-cirque-christmas-2.
The holiday season is already a magical time, but it'll be downright bedazzling thanks to these two performances. Featuring the best talent from around the globe, "A Magical Cirque Christmas" has it all: jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts and angelic voices singing your favorite Christmas carols. You'll feel transported to another time by the mind-blowing talents, stunning costumes, comedy and more.
3. Distilled Knowledge: How to Pair Cheese with Spirits at Still Austin Whiskey
6 p.m. Dec. 3. $35. 440 E. Saint Elmo Road. 512-276-2700, splashthat.com/sites/view/distilledknowled.splashthat.com.
You probably know cheese is divine with beer and wine, but have you tried it with the equally delicious pairing of spirits? Still Austin's head of R&D, Ali Bloch, will lead a workshop with "Cheese for Dummies" author Laurel Miller. Participants will enjoy five artisan cheeses from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop paired with Still Austin’s spirits. The class includes tips on how to purchase, serve and pair cheese with whiskey and other spirits.
4. "Elf" Pub Run + Screening with the Paramount Theatre
6 p.m. doors Dec. 4. $10-$20. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.
Have an affinity for elf culture? Join everyone else who does, too. The pub run starts at the Paramount and will head to Fareground for some elf-themed fun. Once back at the theater, expect more festivities at the Paramount's Gimbels department store lobby including specialty cocktails, a Throne of Lies and more surprises, before a screening of the Will Ferrell movie. Enter the elf costume contest; the top three will win prizes.
5. “The Santaland Diaries” at Zach Theatre
Opens Dec. 5. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 30. $48. Zach Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.
David Sedaris’ tale of a Macy’s elf named Crumpet ponders all the trials of being the bearer of Christmas cheer for a more cynical and sarcastic take on the holidays. In "The Santaland Diaries," Crumpet hilariously notes the talent it takes to juggle tinsel, tearful tots and not-so-sober Santas during what is typically regarded as the most wonderful time of the year. The Dec. 12 show at Zach Theatre features a post-show discussion.
6. Jackson Browne Tribute at Saxon Pub
10 p.m. Dec. 6. $20-$25. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. thesaxonpub.com.
Though it was a strange hodge-podge of live recordings, new material and covers, “Running on Empty” ended up being Jackson Browne’s best-selling album, passing 7 million in the U.S. alone. A smorgasbord of locals will take everyone back to 1977 at the Saxon, including Rosie Flores, Guy Forsyth, Jaimee Harris, Mark Hallman, Charlie Faye, William Harries Graham, Barbara Nesbitt, Lonnie Trevino Jr. and more. — Peter Blackstock
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi
3:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8. $22-$37. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. austinchambermusic.org.
Austin Chamber Music Center presents its annual holiday concert celebrating the tunes from one of our favorite animated TV specials. You'll hear the music center's artistic director, Michelle Schumann, on piano, as well as Utah Hamrick on bass, Scott Laningham on drums and special guests such as singer Savannah Sepulveda. Music includes "O Tannenbaum," "What Child Is This?" and Vince Guaraldi's most famous piece, "Christmastime is Here."