Flaco Jimenez's 2nd Annual Blue Christmas Dance Party at Antone's
8 p.m. Dec. 25. $15. 305 E. Fifth St. facebook.com/events/1428440267288552/.
Once all the presents have been unwrapped and appreciated, the Christmas Day feast consumed, what's left but to spend the rest of the holiday enjoying live music? Jimenez, the six-time Grammy Award-winning Tejano accordion player, has a special Christmas treat in store for Austin music lovers. His second annual Blue Christmas Dance Party will feature Conjunto Los Pinkys, the 25-year-old Texas-style local conjunto group. Prepare to dance the night away.
Home for the Holidays: "It's a Wonderful Life" at AFS Cinema
7 p.m. Dec. 25. $11.25. 6406 N. Interstate 35 Ste. 3100. austinfilm.org.
Close out your Christmas by counting your blessings. There's a reason why the Frank Capra classic starring Jimmy Stewart has become a tradition we watch every holiday season — it is an honest film full of deep, real emotion. Stewart is George Bailey, a good man with high values who finds himself struggling one Christmas Eve with the direction his life has gone, but he receives a little angelic assistance just in time to be grateful for what he has.
"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. $30-$170. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.
Jaston Williams of "Greater Tuna" fame returns 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. And it all ends with a rousing sing-along with the cast that might just get you dancing in your seat.
6 p.m. Dec. 25-30. $16. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. circuitoftheamericas.com/winter-wonderland.
Winter is coming ... to the Circuit of the Americas. The second annual Winter Wonderland at the Circuit offers a completely new, immersive experience. Look for the Chinese Lantern Festival, a display of illuminated hand-crafted sculptures using a traditional technique. The evening also includes carnival games and rides, a tunnel of light, the largest outdoor skating rink in Texas and more. Did we mention camel rides? — Joe Gross