Happy new year! It seems like just yesterday we were looking forward to the arrival of 2021, hoping it would be a return to normal. Turns out, “normal” is still a relative term. But local folks are pressing on, and ready to celebrate the arrival of 2022 in a variety of activities, gatherings, concerts, and more.

Our entertainment columnist Chip Chandler assembled this list of celebratory options. Be safe, enjoy your friends and family, and cheers to a healthy and hopeful 2022!
Post-Christmas and Pre-NYE fun:
Maxwell’s Magical Christmas: Christmas is behind us but Maxwell’s hasn’t yet turned off the holiday magic. Enjoy a trail of lights, a lighted hayride trail, low ropes course, Candy Chaos obstacle course, wagon train ride, tube slides and more at this holiday extravaganza. (daily through Dec. 30; 12908 S. Bell St.; tickets $15.95 online, $20.95 at the gate; 806-373-9600)

Aaron Watson: The Texas country superstar and Amarillo native comes home for a pre-New Year’s Eve show with Josh Ward and Jake Bush at La Hacienda Amarillo. (7 p.m. Thursday; 10695 U.S. Highway 287; tickets $30-$35; 806-690-2965)

New Year’s Eve happenings (by venue):
The Barfield: Featuring Amarillo rock band Monarch, dinner, dancing, more. Reservations required. (7 p.m. Friday; 600 S. Polk St.; 806-414-2200)

Don Harrington Discovery Center: A kids-friendly party featuring science demonstrations and activities. (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 1200 Streit Drive; free for members or $14 adults, $9 children, $11 seniors, military and students; 806-355-9547)

The Drunken Oyster: Moon Jelly Music, dinner, and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations required. (8:30 p.m. Friday; 7606 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6668)

The 806 Coffee + Lounge: Jukebox songs by request. (10 p.m. Friday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave; no cover)

Golden Light Cantina: Amarillo indie-rock acts Derek Porterfield & All of His Friends, Rain Division and All Hail Zero. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover)

Guitars & Cadillacs: Features party favors, balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight, and breakfast burritos. (8 p.m. Friday; 3601 Olsen Blvd.; cover $15)

La Hacienda Amarillo: Los Pescadores del Río Conchos, Revancha Norteña y Contragolpe de Froy Espitia. (7 p.m. Friday; 10695 U.S. Highway 287; tickets $50; 806-690-2965)

Hoots Pub: Texas rockers The Electric Gypsies. (9 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Pondaseta Brewing Co.: “Tired Toast & Boogie” party features live music, hors d’oeuvres bar, an early New Year’s toast at 11 p.m. and more. (9 p.m. Friday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; tickets $10-$20; 806-418-6282)

Public House Amarillo: Dan the Piano Man, chef’s specials, and a champagne toast at midnight. (7 p.m. Friday; 3333 S. Coulter St.; 806-398-7777)

Skooterz: Rock band Sucker Punch Steve. (9 p.m. Friday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover $5)

Whiskey River: Amarillo country band Lee Scheetz & Borderline, food, and a champagne toast at midnight. (9 p.m. Friday; 4001 S.W. 51st Ave; cover)

The Venue: Features a family-friendly party including music, games and prizes. (8 p.m. Friday; 617 N. Buchanan St.; 806-382-8909)

New Year’s Day and beyond:
New Year’s Day Pond Hockey Classic: The Amarillo Ice Ranch will host a day full of unstructured hockey matches, plus brunch, tailgating, family skates and more. (8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday; ticket prices vary; 806-242-4231)

Seth Ward: The local Texas country act kicks off 2022 with a show at Hoots Pub with Mila Rae. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Dalton Domino: The talented Texas singer-songwriter returns for a show at Golden Light Cantina with Jacob Stelly, Slade Coulter and more. (9 p.m. Sunday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover $12)


  • Chip Chandler

    Chip is the senior communications specialist at West Texas A&M University. A Canadian High School graduate and award-winning journalist, he has covered arts and entertainment in Amarillo since 1998 and is a member of the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council arts committee. He is a 2020 Golden Nail Award winner and a 2017 National Philanthropy Day award winner. He is a member of the national GALECA critics group, has seen every Best Picture Oscar winner and watches way too much television.

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