The best shows to catch at ACL live this holiday season

Life & Arts Staff

Need a break from stressing over final exams? Take a moment to look through Austin City Limits Live’s December lineup. This holiday season ACL Live brings a wide variety of performers to Austin in celebration of Christmas. From Dec. 2 through Dec. 31, ACL Live has performers visiting to share their unique take on Christmas music.

Here are The Daily Texan’s top ACL Live shows to see during the holidays:

A Very She & Him Christmas Party: December 10

Actress Zooey Deschanel, who is known for her roles in “New Girl” and “500 Days of Summer,” partnered with M. Ward in 2006 to create She & Him. The duo has released two albums of holiday music, with the first being released in 2011. The ACL Live concert will feature music from their 2016 collection A Christmas Party.

Brian Wilson: December 15

The former Beach Boy will be stopping at ACL Live on his holiday tour across the country. His Christmas-themed show includes classics such as “The First Noel” and Beach Boy originals like “The Man With All The Toys.” Wilson’s performance captures a sound “characteristic” to the Beach Boys.

Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas: December 22

Robert Earl Keen has released 19 albums over the course of his 30-year career. Keen’s show offers a folk spin on the traditional Christmas classics. Keen began in the Texas folk scene in 1984 and is now in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. He sang the National Anthem at the opening ceremony of the “GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards” and recently played with Lyle Lovett for three weeks at completely sold out shows.

A Drag Queen Christmas: December 23

This show features a catwalk, holiday songs, drag performances and it’s all going to be hosted by Miz Cracker. Miz Cracker is a drag queen, writer and comedian from New York who began her career in 2011 and competed in the 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The show will also feature the talent of drag queens Aja, Latrice Royale, Farrah Moan, Monet X Change, Thorgy Thor, and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.

Willie Nelson & Family New Year: December 29 through 31

Austin’s own homegrown musician Willie Nelson invites family and friends down to ACL Live for three nights of celebration. Nelson’s show will be hosted by Andy Langer on New Year’s Eve. Ring in the new year with classic figures such as Father Time, Baby New Year and Willie Nelson at ACL Live.