Here's what to do on Christmas Eve
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. In a Christmas Eve panic over the need for last-minute gifts? Austin has multiple holiday shopping destinations every year, and Armadillo is one of the best. Even better, it's open the day before Christmas. The one-stop shop for handmade gifts closes out the season with three live music acts: Albert and Gage, Durawa and Bill Kirchen. Plus, a portion of the day's proceeds will go to nonprofit Swan Songs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 24. $10-$50. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. armadillobazaar.com.
Christmas Eve at El Chipiron. It’s the time of the year for family and friends to get together and catch up over a tasty and heartwarming feast. Celebrate the spirit of the season this Christmas Eve with El Chipiron, a South Austin Spanish restaurant, and its specially created menu. The four-course meal includes chocolate churros for dessert and requires reservations. Vegetarian options are also available. 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 24. Free. 2717 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 1085. facebook.com/events/341761426615210/.
Home for the Holidays: "It's a Wonderful Life" at AFS Cinema. Close out your Christmas by counting your blessings. There's a reason the Frank Capra classic starring Jimmy Stewart has become a holiday tradition — 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. 12:35 p.m. Dec 24, 7 p.m. Dec. 25. $11.25. 6406 N. Interstate 35 Ste. 3100. austinfilm.org.
“Elf” Movie Party with the Alamo Drafthouse. Don’t be a cotton-headed ninnymuggins this holiday season and make sure you watch the Will Ferrell Christmas movie at least once. And do it at the Alamo, where this interactive screening will have games, props and, of course, singing loud for all to hear. The “Elf” movie party will even have a “real” snowball fight in the theater. 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24; 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 25. $12. The Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. drafthouse.com.
Carson McHone’s sixth annual Christmas Eve Songwriter Special at White Horse. It’s a family affair on a special night, as native Austinite McHone’s father is part-owner of this popular East Side country dance hot spot. Every year, Carson — whose latest release just landed in Rolling Stone's list of 2018's top 40 country albums — coordinates a massive list of more than two dozen local musicians playing two songs each. Music runs beyond midnight, into the first couple hours of Christmas morning. 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Donations accepted for the SIMS Foundation. 500 Comal St. thewhitehorseaustin.com. — Peter Blackstock