The holiday season is finally here and we already have our Christmas playlists on repeat. Take a break from decking the halls and spend some time out on the town. We’ve selected the top five happenings of the weekend that you won’t want to miss. For a full list of things to do, check our events calendar.
Esther’s Follies presents Holly Jolly Follies!
Ring in the season with laughter at Esther’s Follies. The Holly Jolly Follies! showcase is full of political satire with a festive twist. Get lost in the story of "Obama’s White House Christmas Carol," complete with ghosts of presidents past. Tickets are $25 to $35.
Thursday, December 3 at 8 pm; Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 at 8 and 10 pm
Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival
Get your geek on at Austin’s three-day sci-fi film festival. Head to Galaxy Highland to watch flicks from all over the world and be a part of the cinematic action. Stick around all three days of the festival to see which film takes home the $500 cash prize. Festival badges are $60.
Thursday, December 3 – Saturday, December 5 at 7 pm
Austin Scottish Rite Theater presents A Long Winter’s Night (In Texas)
Visit the Scottish Rite Theater for Laura Freeman’s original musical, A Long Winter’s Night (In Texas). A distinctly Texan tale with echoes of Dickens, A Long Winter’s Night (In Texas) is the perfect holiday production the entire family will love. The show includes live music and outrageous performances by talent like Freeman, Robert King, and more. Tickets are $8 to $13.
Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 at 11 am and 1 pm
Ballet Austin presents The Nutcracker
Enjoy a Christmas classic at the Long Center. The Nutcracker returns to the stage for a dazzling display of ballet you won’t forget. The seasonal favorite features Artistic Director Stephen Mills’ elegant choreography, Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, and live accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $15 to $95.
Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 6 at 2 pm
Sekrit Theater presents The Last Supper
One of Austin's best-kept secrets, Sekrit Theater is hosting dinner and a movie under the stars. Chef Caesar Ortiz of Fork & Vine will serve four courses inspired by the film, along with Austin Beerworks. Location and movie title will only revealed after you’ve purchased tickets. You must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $64.29.
Sunday, December 5 at 5 pm