Every December, a local celebrities congregate at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse to read Christmas stories to an eager, cider-sipping audience. Oscar-nominated actress Ali MacGraw joins political cartoonist and New Mexico Actors Lab regular Jonathan Richards, former Lensic Performing Arts Center director Bob Martin, and Carol and Jim McGiffin for the annual Holiday Players Reading, now in its 11th year. Past readings have featured such classics as Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1908), Damon Runyan’s short story, “Dancing Dan’s Christmas” (1932), and Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” (1952). The 2019 reading is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 202 Galisteo St. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. 505-988-4226, collectedworksbookstore.com.