The Austin weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas pass by in a social blur. Let’s see what turns our heads.
Dec. 7: Black Fret Ball. ACL Live.
This charity that has given more than $1 million to Austin musicians puts on its biggest event of the year.
Dec. 7: Opening of “The Nutcracker” from Ballet Austin. Long Center.
The grandest Austin staging of the grandest holiday ballet runs through Dec. 23.
Dec. 8: Holiday Book Fair for Humanities Texas. Byrne-Reed House.
Lawrence Wright, Sarah Bird, Bill Wittliff and H.W. Brands are among the signing authors.
Dec. 8: Night Lights Preview Party for Trail of Lights. Zilker Park.
This fandango benefits the Trail of Lights Foundation.
Dec. 8: “A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi.” Stateside at the Paramount.
Who can resist the Guaraldi’s jazzy evocations of holiday feeling?
Dec. 9: Garden Party from La Abeja Herbs. Sekret Theater, 1145 Perry Lane.
Herbal magic, vintage treasures, tarot readings and more.
Dec. 9: “Light the World” Christmas Concert & Storytelling Benefit. ACL Live.
Amy Grant headlines this benefit for the Bless Foundation.
Dec. 10: Ever as Ever for Flower Hill Urban Homestead Museum. 1401 W. Sixth St.
The beautiful old house museum is right across the street from this benefit party.
Dec. 10: Book benefit for “Austin Icons of the Eighties: Music, Theatre, Politics.” Esther’s Follies.
Photographer Bill Leissner gathers together luminaries from Austin’s recent past for this book fundraiser.
Dec. 10: Opening of “Becoming Texas.” Bullock Texas State History Museum.
The final step in a years-long process of revising part of the museum’s permanent collection.
Dec. 11: Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays Part Deux. Long Center.
By playing seasonal standards in a minor key, Austin musicians give them new meaning.
Dec. 13: Opening of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Palmer Events Center.
This gifts, arts and crafts fair includes nightly music and give-backs to nonprofits through Dec. 24.
Dec. 13: “Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Nutcracker.” Long Center.
Tapestry Dance Company reinvents the holiday favorite for jazz and rhythm dancing. It runs through Dec. 23.
Dec. 14: Holiday Soiree for Bridges to Borders. Hilton Garden Inn.
A celebration of young women in small businesses.