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Enjoy holiday week in Austin with ‘A Christmas Story’ musical and more

Arianna Auber
A musical version of “A Christmas Story” is taking the Austin stage with many of the scenes from the movie, including the tongue on a freezing flagpole. Contributed

1. “A Christmas Story: The Musical”

8 p.m. Dec. 29 and 30, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 30, and 1 p.m. Dec. 31. $26-$86. 701 W. Riverside Drive.

From the songwriting team behind the Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and the Academy Award-winning film “La La Land,” this weekend show at the Long Center brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious, tongue-sticking life on the theater stage. You know the story, right? Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the Christmas gift of his dreams — an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Like the movie, the theater version will feature an infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas and more.

2. Fifth annual Christmas Eve Songwriter Special

8 p.m. Dec. 24. Free. White Horse, 500 Comal St.

Local country-folk-rocker Carson McHone started this free potluck and musical marathon in 2013. It’s been at the White Horse for the past three years; the music starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. About three dozen locals will play two songs each, including Kalu James, Jaimee Harris, Ray Prim, Marshall Hood, Jane Ellen Bryant, William Harries Graham and Corey Baum. (Full disclosure: I’m playing, too, but don’t worry, not until after midnight.) — Peter Blackstock

3. Miracle on 5th Street’s Misfit Christmas Party

8 p.m. Dec. 25. Free entry; $20 for the meal. The Eleanor, 307 W. Fifth St.

The festive Christmas-themed pop-up bar that has taken over the Eleanor during the holidays is celebrating the season with a party on Christmas night. Sip on some sensational seasonal cocktails and watch some classic Christmas movies all while listening to a cheerful holiday playlist. You can come dressed in whatever is comfortable, but ugly sweaters, pajamas and even onesies (admit it, you’ve got one) are strongly encouraged. Best of all, there will be “A Christmas Story”-themed, all-you-can-eat Chinese feast.

4. “Bah, Humbug! An Improvised Dickensian Holiday Romp”

8 p.m. Dec. 26. $15. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.

It might be the day after Christmas, but that doesn’t mean the holiday merriment has to end. The Hideout Theatre is hosting one last show of its entirely made-up-on-the-spot “Bah, Humbug!” Hideout’s improvisers will construct an enchanting and hilarious play set in Victorian England, as seen through the eyes of master writer Charles Dickens. As slimy criminals, wide-eyed orphans, the pompous rich and more navigate their way through a corrupt London, can the spirit of Christmas prevail?

5. “A Tuna Christmas” at Zach Theatre

7:30 p.m. Dec. 27-30, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 31. $30-$88. 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Christmas tidings continue at Zach, which is highlighting the holiday festivities in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, with this holiday favorite produced in collaboration with the Paramount Theatre. “A Tuna Christmas” is a satirical ode to the holidays. Between the holiday yard display contest and the Little Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” on the brink of cancellation, it’s a miracle anyone gets tinsel on a tree. Three Zach actors play all 25 of Tuna’s colorful citizens.

6. Maker Faire Austin Pop-Up at the Bullock Museum

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 28. $9-$13. 1800 Congress Ave.

Create, invent, play and explore with local makers and found objects at this kid-friendly pop-up with Maker Faire, a gathering of curious people who enjoy learning and sharing what they can do. The whole family will enjoy making things and playing games inspired by the Bullock Museum’s current exhibit “Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming.” Activities will include augmented reality pingpong tables, a giant marble maze, life-size cardboard Minecraft and more.

7. “I Heart the 80s” with the Austin Symphony

8 p.m. Dec. 29-30. $30-$55. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

What better way to welcome a new year than to look back to the decade when everyone wore parachute pants, jelly bracelets and big hair? The Austin Symphony Orchestra is transporting audiences back to the 1980s with a show of classics from the decade by George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie and Michael Jackson, to name a few. Vocalists Jessica Phillips and Tony Vincent join the symphony for hits like “Footloose,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Holiday” and “1999.”