Austin Nutcrackers, Galas, & more!
It’s holidays 2018 in Austin and the weather may not be heating up, but the social activities are with festive shows and events scheduled through the New Year.
Take the family to one or all of the six different Nutcracker interpretations or find a different show that fills you with the holiday spirit.
Nine different galas are being scheduled to help worthwhile causes, and New Years Eve starts at 3 pm in downtown Austin with activities that will appeal to all ages. Whether you pick one to focus on, or get to immerse yourself in all that the Austin area has to offer this 2018 holiday season, it’s always good to shake things up and try something new.
“The Nutcracker,” based on the dark E.T.A Hoffman tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” almost always includes dance, usually classical ballet, and music, usually the 1892 score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, sometimes performed in two acts, at other times condensed into the 20-minute “Nutcracker Suite,” which popularized the music for a show that was something of a failure a first.
After that, the variations — at least six adaptations can be seen in Austin this season — are infinite.
Things to do in Austin on Thursday, Nov. 29, and beyond
“A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast.” The players of the fictional KPNF radio station tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge through voice actors and sound effects, drawing audiences back to 1940 and the Golden Age of Radio. Penfold Theatre brings its annual holiday tradition, a performance reminiscent of “A Prairie Home Companion,” back to life with the radiocast. Opens Nov. 29. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Dec. 29. $15-$25. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. penfoldtheatre.org.
Santa in the Garden. Skip the lines at the mall but take a picture with Santa Claus anyway. Zilker Botanical Garden hosts a family-friendly event with Santa and Mrs. Claus that will have tasty treats and fun crafts. Bring your own camera to capture the moments. Plus, there will be a 20 percent discount in the botanical garden’s Chrysalis Gift Shop, to help you get holiday shopping taken care of. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1. $1-$3 garden admission. 2220 Barton Springs Rd. 512-477-8672, zilkergarden.org.
Dancing with the Stars Austin
What: Benefiting the Center for Child Protection, the 12th annual event is the biggest dance party of the year, with glamour, exhilarating entertainment and eye-catching routines.
Austin Firefighters Ball
What: An exquisite meal, awesome keynote speaker, cash bar, vendors and more in support of the Ed Bridges Scholarship Fund, which benefits both firefighters and the community.
CASAblanca Gala 2019
What: Help CASA of Travis County build brighter futures for Austin’s children at this benefit with fabulous entertainment, mystery boxes, the bloom bar, live auction and casino after-party.
Rodeo Austin Gala and Youth Art Auction
What: Rodeo Austin’s biggest fundraising night has gourmet food, cocktails, a live and silent auction, and live music from Jamey Johnson and special guest Lee Ann Womack.
2018 has been a whirlwind, so to ring in the new year, Austin will be starting 2019 with its annual extravagant celebration.
The Austin New Year celebration begins Sunday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m., at Vic Mathias Shores. The celebration is a free festival in the heart of downtown. Naturally, it will showcase some of Austin’s loves and trademarks- local music, art, and food trucks.
The Austin New Year celebration will feature a variety of activities tailored to all ages, including a whimsical fairyland, kiddie train, and face painting.