Thursday, Dec. 19
It's the last weekend to catch Lightwire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas at the Joy. I interviewed Lightwire co-founder Ian Carney in the December issue of New Orleans Magazine about the new show from the group, who competed on "America's Got Talent." Info here.

Down the street at the Saenger, Sister Act is on the books. The musical is based on the Whoopi Goldberg movie but does not have the same songs, instead using original music by Alan Menken. Info here.

Friday, Dec. 20
The theater troupe Running With Scissors, known for its riotous send-ups, is back with its campy holiday show, Grenadine McGunckle's Double-Wide Christmas. The show runs at Mid-City Theater this weekend. Info here.

Walter "Wolfman" Washington celebrates his 70th birthday at the Maple Leaf with a show featuring Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Stanton Moore and Anders Osborne. Info here.

For last-minute shoppers who would rather avoid the mall, the New Orleans Craft Mafia stages a stress-free market of local and handmade items. This year it's teaming up with the Frenchmen Art Market to host the "Last Stop Shop" market. Info here.

Local noise-rockers Caddywhompus play United Bakery tonight with High in One Eye and Boston's Designer. Info here.

Holiday comedy favorite National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is the midnight movie tonight and Saturday at Prytania. It's "ugly sweater night" and BYOB. Info here.

Saturday, Dec. 21
Ballet Hysell presents its production of The Nutcracker at JPAS' Metairie theater tonight and Sunday. Info here.

A rollicking tradition returns when Harry Shearer and Judith Owen present their annual holiday sing-along, in which the pair — along with special guests — sings Christmas favorites to a boozed-up crowd. The event was previously held at the Contemporary Arts Center but is at the Ogden this year. Info here

Sunday, Dec. 22
For a more traditional holiday sing-along, the annual caroling in Jackson Square event happens tonight. Candles and song sheets are provided. Info here