Weekend Recs: Santaland Diaries, The Nutcracker, Miracle on 37th Street

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WHAT: David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Zach Theatre
ADMISSIONS: $18 student tickets one hour before showtime with I.D.

Zach Theatre’s company is bringing to life popular author David Sedaris’ real-life story of working as Crumpet the elf at Macy’s one winter season. Known for his book “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” Sedaris’ stage adaptation is hilarious with a touch of insanity. The play is on stage until Jan. 7.

WHAT: Natividad, La Pastorela
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Mexican American Cultural Center
ADMISSIONS: $15

A contemporary musical comedy based on a traditional Native American and Latino yuletide play, La Pastorela tells the story of a modern day family and their leaps and bounds. The play shows Thursday through Jan. 17.

WHAT: The 49th Annual Production of the Nutcracker
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Long Center
ADMISSIONS: $12-$71

Sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers, the mouse king and Clara — December and the winter holiday is not complete without a production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet score, “The Nutcracker.” The enchanting two-act production put on by Ballet Austin debuts Saturday and is ongoing until Jan. 23.

WHAT: The Miracle of 37th Street
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: 37th Street between Guadalupe and Speedway
ADMISSIONS: Free

For more than 20 years, the residents of 37th Street has transformed their block with over-the-top lighting, holiday sculptural and yard decorations. The street will be blocked off for visitors to freely get lost in the cheery Neverland.