1. “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. Zach is staging a couple of other holiday shows, including "A Christmas Carol."
2. Repeal Day Anniversary at Prohibition Creamery
3 p.m. Dec. 5. Free. 1407 E. Seventh St. facebook.com/events/299472720669882/.
The Prohibition era has always fascinated Prohibition Creamery owner Laura Aidan and served as an influence in her vision behind the boozy ice cream lounge. So, of course, it'll celebrate the anniversary of the end of the no-alcohol era in 1933. There will be specials on cocktails featuring Treaty Oak Distilling gin and whiskey, plus a special boozy ice cream topping infused with Treaty Oak's gin to pair with the featured cocktails.
3. Texas Radio Live with Sydney Wright and Walker Lukens at Guero’s
6 p.m. Dec. 5. $10. 1412 S. Congress Ave. sunradio.com/trl.
An indie-pop singer-songwriter who creates keyboard-loop soundscapes to support her striking lead vocals, Wright created an arresting and ambitious album with “Seiche,” released earlier this month. She shares the latest episode of Sun Radio’s weekly series with Lukens, who released his second full-length album, “Tell It to the Judge,” last year. A $10 donation to the Sun Radio Foundation is accepted at the gate. — Peter Blackstock
4. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" Movie Party
7 p.m. Dec. 5. $15. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. drafthouse.com.
Celebrate the season like an honorary Griswold. The Alamo Drafthouse is bringing back one of its most requested movie parties of all time with the 1989 comedy "Christmas Vacation." Family man Clark Griswold wants to give his wife and children perfect memories of their holiday season but, as usual, gets caught up in the details to enjoy the big picture almost before it's too late. The movie party will have special props and more.