Cheer Up

10 local shows that will put you in the holiday spirit

10 local shows that will put you in the holiday spirit

A Christmas Carol ZACH Theatre
A Christmas Carol: A Rockin' New Musical is now playing at ZACH Theatre.  Photo by Kirk Tuck
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Christmas Rocks Extravaganza" comes to Austin on December 12. Photo courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center
A Christmas Carol ZACH Theatre
The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Need an extra dose of cheer this season? Austin has no shortage of productions — from the traditional Nutcracker Ballet to Robert Earl Keen's Christmas show — that will put you in the holiday spirit. 

A Christmas Carol: A Rockin' New Musical
Through December 28
This new take on a classic Christmas tale mixes a traditional Victorian setting (and all those beautiful costumes) with a musical score that spans the decades. ZACH Theatre's rockin' musical will take your family on a captivating ride through Christmas past, present and future. 

This Wonderful Life
Through December 28
Award-winning actor Martin Burke plays all 37 characters from It's A Wonderful Life in this entertaining show. The entire family will enjoy this modern interpretation of a holiday favorite at ZACH Theatre's intimate Whisenhunt Stage. 

Miracle on 34th Street: Classic Radiocast
Through December 27
Watch as players from the fictional KPNF radio station put their stamp on Miracle on 34th Street. Round Rock's Penfold Theatre Company brings this tale to life using dozens of character voices and live foley sound effects. 

Ballet Austin presents: The Nutcracker
Through December 23
Nothing spreads holiday cheer quite like the magical story of The Nutcracker. Join Ballet Austin at the Long Center for its 52nd annual presentation of the beloved ballet. While the story remains the same, this year's enchanting production features stunning new costumes and sets. 

Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Nutcracker
Through December 21

If you want to jazz up the holidays, check out Tapestry Dance Company's Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Nutcracker. In this performance, Tchaikovsky's melodies are paired with spectacular tap dancing and soft shoe numbers. Masumi Jones leads the live jazz ensemble that accompanies the dancers.

Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Christmas Rocks Extravaganza"
December 12
Grammy winner Brian Setzer will rock ACL Live with his annual "Christmas Rocks Extravaganza." Expect to "Rock This Town" with Setzer, who will play his hits as well as his own versions of holiday classics. 

Kelly & Bruce's Holiday Shindig
December 13
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, the first couple of Texas country music, return to the Paramount Theatre for their annual holiday show. For an extra dose of Christmas cheer, musical favorites Joe Ely and Shawn Colvin will join the sweethearts on stage.

Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee
December 19
Wish the family a Merry (country) Christmas with Robert Earl Keen at ACL Live. The Texas Troubadour will play a very special holiday show featuring his biggest hits — Christmas and otherwise. 

Holiday Heroes
Through December 20

This kid-friendly holiday sing-along has been an Austin tradition for 15 years. Grab the whole family and head to ZACH Theatre for a morning of Yuletide cheer with hosts Ernie and Rufus. 

Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas Tour
December 26
Mannheim Steamroller rolls into Austin on December 26 for a spectacular evening of holiday music to keep the Christmas cheer going.