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Christmas lights, Christmas comedy and more things to do

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During Luminations, the Wildflower Center’s gardens will be illuminated with twinkling lights and luminarias. Contributed by the Wildflower Center

Theater & dance

“Christmas Belles.” The City Theatre is producing this Texas-set comedy, written about a church Christmas pageant that spins hilariously out of control. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, with no shows Dec. 21-24, through Dec. 30. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. citytheatreaustin.org.

Comedy

Esther’s Follies. It’s the Holly, Jolly Follies — the most wonderful time of the year. At least it is at Esther’s, where the performers are turning their comedic sights on holiday tradition and dysfunction in the White Houe with “A Trump Family Christmas” and “The Trump Wives Club.” Esther’s troupe will also roll out its annual “Esther’s Follies Dysfunctional Family Holiday” with burnt ham, stiff drinks and family secrets. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday in December. $25-$35. 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.

Music

Ian Moore at Stateside at the Paramount. An Austin native who moved to the Seattle area a couple of decades ago, Moore still makes a point to visit his hometown often. Though he often performs with more blues-based or rock-oriented outfits, he’s playing an acoustic show for his eighth annual holiday tour with stops at many cities in Texas and neighboring states. Most of the shows are solo affairs, but because his ties in Austin run so deep, he’ll have a few friends joining him on this night, including keyboardist Bukka Allen, cellist Brian Standefer, fiddler Warren Hood and singer Amy Nelson. $22-$28. 8 p.m. Dec. 7. 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Peter Blackstock

Gardening calendar

Luminations. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, winter is naturally a magical time, but there’s extra sparkle and cheer for the holidays. At this four-day evening event, walk along the paths and gardens to marvel over the thousands of luminarias (small paper lanterns) and other beautiful light displays. There will be free maple taffy and hot chocolate in the courtyard, as well as fun activities, live music and additional food options throughout the center. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7-10. $10-$15. 4801 La Crosse Ave. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org.

Coming up

4th Annual Trail of Lights Preview Party. The preview party, Night Lights, kicks off the night before the Trail of Lights officially opens at Zilker Park, and it’s for a good cause. Benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation and STARS at the Trail, it’ll feature live music from the Mother Falcon String Trio, Whiskey Shivers and DJ Mel, as well as live music from Austin restaurants. There will also be a Maker’s Market, a classic car show and an open bar with beer and wine. 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8. $75. 2100 Barton Spring Road. austintrailoflights.org/night-light.