Holiday Events

Tuesday

Storytelling: A Christmas Tradition: Local tellers spin holiday tales over dinner at Drunken Oyster. (11 a.m. Tuesday; 7606 S.W. 45th Ave.; reservations required; 806-418-6668)

Carols in the Canyon: Tennessee Tuckness headlines this night of holiday music at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast, also featuring the Crestview Elementary School choir, Santa Claus and more. Bring a book for Storybridge, and gate proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House. (6:30 p.m. Tuesday; 100 Brentwood Road; $5 at gate; 806-336-1459)

Christmas Lights Ride: Bundle up and hop on your bike for this holiday tour through Canyon with Palo Duro Canyon Outfitters. (6:30 p.m. Tuesday; downtown Canyon square; 806-476-4446)

Tangled Lights: Starlight Ranch Event Center hosts this annual holiday lights tour nightly through Dec. 30. Shows take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; enter before 8:45 p.m. (6 to 10 p.m. nightly; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $13; 806-342-0515)

“Winter Road”: The Amarillo College Brass Ensemble heads down a holiday road in this Christmas concert. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday; AC Concert Hall Theatre on the Washington Street campus; free; 806-371-5340)

Wednesday

Tangled Lights: Starlight Ranch Event Center hosts this annual holiday lights tour nightly through Dec. 30. Shows take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; enter before 8:45 p.m. (6 to 10 p.m. nightly; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $13; 806-342-0515)

“A Christmas Story”: Don’t put your eye out; just enjoy 40th-anniversary screenings of this beloved holiday tale. (7 p.m. Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Thursday

Christmas in the Gardens: Amarillo Botanical Gardens is twinkling once more for its annual holiday tours. (6 to 8:30 Thursday; continues nightly through Dec. 23; admission $10 ages 6 and older; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513) 

Tangled Lights: Starlight Ranch Event Center hosts this annual holiday lights tour nightly through Dec. 30. Shows take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; enter before 8:45 p.m. (6 to 10 p.m. nightly; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $13; 806-342-0515)

Friday

I C Gallery Christmas Exhibition: The Amarillo gallery opens for two days over the holidays with a show featuring works by Amarillo native Wyatt McSpadden and others. (3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday; continues Saturday; 1501 S. Washington St.; 806-373-5380)

Maxwell’s Magical Christmas: Celebrate the holidays with a tour of more than 1 million lights. Plus, enjoy several family activities, food and photos with Santa. (5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; continues weekends through Sunday, then nightly through Dec. 23; admission $15.95 online, $20.95 at the gate; 12908 S. Bell St.; 806-373-9600)

Black Tie Affair: The Northside Toy Drive’s gala fundraising dinner returns for an 11th year in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom. Tables are sold out, but a buffet dinner is still available for celebrators. (6 p.m. Friday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; free with new, unwrapped toy; northsidetoydrive@gmail.com)

Christmas in the Gardens: Amarillo Botanical Gardens is twinkling once more for its annual holiday tours. (6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; continues nightly through Dec. 23; admission $10 ages 6 and older; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513) 

Happy Holiday Pops: The Amarillo Symphony rings in the season with its annual Christmas concert in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (7:30 p.m. Friday; continues Saturday; tickets $21 to $72; 500 S. Buchanan St.; 806-376-8782) 

Saturday

Calm the Chaos: The From 6th Collective celebrates the holiday with a hopefully stress-free expo featuring a variety of local artisans. (noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; 18100 W. Interstate 40; 806-349-1111)

Toys for Travieso: This Chicano bike show will feature a toy drive and live music from J Peso, Ya Boy Beto and more. (noon Saturday; 6040 W. Interstate 40; 806-352-2021)

Sip & Shop: Find last-minute holiday items at Bar Z Winery’s Christmas expo. (1 to 6 p.m. Saturday; 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541; 806-488-2214)

I C Gallery Christmas Exhibition: The Amarillo gallery opens for two days over the holidays with a show featuring works by Amarillo native Wyatt McSpadden and others. (1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1501 S. Washington St.; 806-373-5380)

Happy Holiday Pops: The Amarillo Symphony rings in the season with its annual Christmas concert in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; tickets $21 to $72; 500 S. Buchanan St.; 806-376-8782)

Atomic Toy Drive: A full night of metal and rock bands share the stage at The Atomic Yellow’s Christmas show. (5 p.m. Saturday; 600 S. Arthur St.; cover $10 or free with new toy donations)

Maxwell’s Magical Christmas: Celebrate the holidays with a tour of more than 1 million lights. Plus, enjoy several family activities, food and photos with Santa. (5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; continues weekends through Dec. 17, then nightly through Dec. 23; admission $15.95 online, $20.95 at the gate; 12908 S. Bell St.; 806-373-9600)

Christmas in the Gardens: Amarillo Botanical Gardens is twinkling once more for its annual holiday tours. (6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; continues nightly through Dec. 23; admission $10 ages 6 and older; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513)

Christmas in the Sky: The Amarillo Sod Poodles host a holiday extravaganza, featuring photos with Santa, Christmas music and a fireworks show. (6 p.m. Saturday; Hodgetown, 715 S. Buchanan St.; free; 806-803-9547)

Slayyy Gala: Smile Big Texas celebrates the holiday at this fundraiser dinner, featuring live music, raffles, silent auction and more. (6:30 p.m. Saturday; Arts in the Sunset Event Center, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.; tickets $65 and above; 806-930-4510)

K-Love’s Celebrate Christmas Tour: Danny Gokey, Natalie Grant and Mac Powell headline this faith-filled holiday concert in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. (7 p.m. Saturday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $21 to $76; 806-378-3096)

Pondaseta Ugly Sweater Night: The brewing company begs you to bring out your very worst. (7 p.m. Saturday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Shark Beach Christmas Party: The beachy burger joint throws a holiday shindig with The Tweeks. Bring gently used winter apparel for a donation drive for Guyon Saunders Resource Center. (7 p.m. Saturday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Sunday

Maxwell’s Magical Christmas: Celebrate the holidays with a tour of more than 1 million lights. Plus, enjoy several family activities, food and photos with Santa. (5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday; continues weekends through Dec. 17, then nightly through Dec. 23; admission $15.95 online, $20.95 at the gate; 12908 S. Bell St.; 806-373-9600)

Christmas in the Gardens: Amarillo Botanical Gardens is twinkling once more for its annual holiday tours. (6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; continues weekends through Dec. 10, then nightly Dec. 14 to 23; admission $10 ages 6 and older; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513) 

Tangled Lights: Starlight Ranch Event Center hosts this annual holiday lights tour nightly through Dec. 30. Shows take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; enter before 8:45 p.m. (6 to 10 p.m. nightly; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $13; 806-342-0515)

Monday

Tangled Lights: Starlight Ranch Event Center hosts this annual holiday lights tour nightly through Dec. 30. Shows take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; enter before 8:45 p.m. (6 to 10 p.m. nightly; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $13; 806-342-0515)

Christmas Movie Trivia Night: Do you know your “Elf” from your “Scrooged”? Test your knowledge at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (7 p.m. Monday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Dec. 19

Tangled Lights: Starlight Ranch Event Center hosts this annual holiday lights tour nightly through Dec. 30. Shows take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; enter before 8:45 p.m. (6 to 10 p.m. nightly; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $13; 806-342-0515)

Nonholiday Events

Tuesday

Yvonne Perea: The Amarillo folk singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Tuesday; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Wednesday

National Horse Day: American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates all things equine with horseback rides and free refreshments. (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday; free; 2601 E. Interstate 40; 806-376-5181)

“Florencia en el Amazonas”: Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera, which takes inspiration from the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, hits screens for “The Met: Live in HD”. (1 p.m. Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Art Show & Fundraiser: Six Car Brewery hosts an art exhibition and fundraiser for Palo Duro High School art classes, also featuring music by Kenzie Crabtree. (5:30 p.m. Wednesday; 625 S. Polk St.; 806-576-3396)

“Blippi”: The popular children’s show comes to life as it brings the “Wonderful World” tour to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. (6 p.m. Wednesday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $27 to $68, plus $50 for photo experience; 806-378-3096)

The Solano Project: The Amarillo band rocks away the midweek blues on Smokey Joe’s patio. (6 p.m. Wednesday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Travis Bishop: The Amarillo singer headlines Pondaseta Brewing Co.’s Wednesday music series. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Mike Salazar: The Amarillo singer offers a midweek show at Broken Spoke Lounge. (8 p.m. Wednesday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Thursday

“Wonka”: Timothée Chalamet stars as the young chocolatier in this prequel directed by Paul King (“Paddington”). Also opening: holiday special “Christmas with the Chosen.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Rick Todd: The Amarillo folk singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Thursday; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild: The Amarillo oldies band takes the stage at the newly refurbished Western Horseman. (8 p.m. Thursday; 2501 E. Interstate 40; 806-379-6555, Ext. 2999)

James Owens: The Amarillo singer kicks off the weekend at Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Thursday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Femme: The monthly celebration of all those femme-presenting at RR Bar celebrates the inner goddesses among us. (8 p.m. Thursday; 701 S. Georgia St.; 806-342-9000)

Friday

Moon Dog: The Amarillo rock band will howl on the beach at Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Friday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Bryan Robertson: The Amarillo country singer fires up a good time at Robinson’s Time Out Bar & Grill. (7 p.m. Friday; 3723 S.W. 58th Ave.; 806-418-7214)

Boss 420: The Amarillo party band rolls up a hot night at Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Friday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Bomb City Fight Club: The local wrestling group takes over Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Jarrod Morris: The Texas country singer fires up for a show in the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Saturday

December Discoveries: Enjoy differently themed activities each week through December. This week: cool colors. (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 30; 1200 Streit Drive; admission $14 adults; $11 seniors, military and students, and $9 children; 806-355-9547)

John Erickson Book Signing: The Panhandle author of the “Hank the Cowdog” series and more will sign tomes at Burrowing Owl Booksellers. (3 p.m. Saturday; 400 15th St. in Canyon; 806-452-8002)

A Night for Nick: Pampa rock band A Special Case leads a jam-session memorial for Amarilloan Nick Foust at Whiskey River. (7 p.m. Saturday; 4001 S.W. 51st Ave.; no cover; 806-367-6163)

Amarillo Bombers: The local soccer squad goes hunting for a victory over the El Paso Rhinos. (7 p.m. Saturday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $10.25; 806-350-2688) 

Purple Hulls: The touring female bluegrass trio offers an intimate show at Buffalo Grass Music Hall in Panhandle. (7 p.m. Saturday; 123 Main St. in Panhandle; 806-236-2933)

Christopher Erin: The Amarillo country singer offers a twang-filled night at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (8 p.m. Saturday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Touching Voodoo: The Amarillo blues-rock band brings the party to Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Jack Cryver & Bad Decisions: The Amarillo band hopes to inspire some fun regrets at Broken Spoke Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Adam Hood: The sensational Americana singer-songwriter returns to town for a show at the newly refurbished Western Horseman. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2501 E. Interstate 40; 806-379-6555, Ext. 2999)

Ongoing

(Call ahead for holiday hours)

Amarillo Museum of Art: Check out the AMoA biennial through Dec. 31 at the Amarillo mainstay. (2200 S. Van Buren St.; 806-371-5050)

American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: Take in “Ranching Remudas,” on view through July 27. (2601 E. Interstate 40; 806-376-5181)

Don Harrington Discovery Center: Explore the new permanent exhibition “Discover through Time” and the touring exhibit “Ocean Bound,” on view through Jan. 7. (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays; 1200 Streit Drive; admission $14 adults; $11 seniors, military and students, and $9 children; 806-355-9547)

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: Enjoy the Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired “On the Edge of the Plains” and the Gisella Loeffler exhibition “Lots of Love, Gisella,” both on view through January, plus the bison-themed exhibition “The Fall and Rise of an American Icon” through September and a special “Día de los Muertos” exhibition through Nov. 3. (2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon; 806-651-2244)

The Simulated Universe: Amarillo’s newest attraction is this immersive art experience a la Meow Wolf. (noon to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays; 1215 S.W. 10th Ave.; reservations required; 832-690-7731 or thesimulateduniverse@gmail.com)

Author

  • 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.