Holiday Pint Night at Irene's. The holiday season has gotten a little brighter — and boozier — thanks to the downtown restaurant, which has teamed up with St. Elmo Brewing for a festive tap takeover. Beer specials include $5 pints and $12 flights, and St. Elmo swag will be available. Plus, Irene's is collecting donations for Austin Pets Alive; the full list of needed supplies is on the Facebook event page. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec 20. Free. 506 West Ave. facebook.com/events/262472747769437/.
Theater & dance
Circus Chickendog’s “Mutt-cracker (Sweet!)” It’s not Christmastime without this kid-friendly, circus-themed version of “The Nutcracker,” as performed by Circus Chickendog. The production once again stars five talented rescue dogs (Mouse, Moose, Coyote, Squirrel and Skeeter) and a talking scarlet macaw named Lauren MaCaw. Their owner, Darren Peterson, brings his masterful juggling and unicycling skills to the stage. Opens Dec. 20. 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. various dates through Jan. 6, with no 6:30 show Jan. 1 and 6. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org/30_mutt-1.
Austin City Limits Radio Starry Night with Shakey Graves at ACL Live. The station formerly known as KGSR always has a big holiday concert, and this year is no exception, with hometown hero Shakey Graves headlining. Nashville alt-rock band Moon Taxi opens. A portion of the proceeds from the concert goes toward KLRU-TV, a locally owned PBS station. $36.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 20. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — Peter Blackstock
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Frank Erwin Center. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a nationwide holiday tradition. This year's 20th anniversary tour is a performance of the orchestra's unforgettable "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," featuring founder, composer and lyricist Paul O'Neill's timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater. 8 p.m. Dec. 20. $46.25-$79.50. 1701 Red River St. 512-471-7744, uterwincenter.com.
Eddie B.’s Teachers Only Comedy Tour at Bass Concert Hall. Teaching is a stressful job. I know I put teachers through the wringer as a student myself. So, it’s no surprise that teachers need a creative outlet so they don’t go bonkers. Enter Eddie B. The Houston native and the creator of the video series “What Teachers Really Say” will be headlining with a cast of educators that will tickle your funny bone while taking you to school. No hall pass required. 8 p.m. Dec. 22. $35-$65. 2350 Robert Dedman Dr. texasperformingarts.org. — Brently Heilbron
Guided Garden Tour. Tour the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent, learning about native plants and the history and architecture of the center. Each of the docents brings their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. 11 a.m. Dec. 22 and additional dates. $4-$10. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org.