Christmas Carol-Oke: Warm up your pipes for holiday karaoke nights at House Divided. (6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 23 and 24; 7609 Hillside Drive; 806-350-4377)

“5,000 Blankets”: Anna Camp (“Pitch Perfect”) stars in this true story about a mother and son who set out to find her husband who starts living on the streets following a mental breakdown. (7 p.m. Tuesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Wranglers Christmas Party: The Amarillo hockey squad welcomes fans for a dinner catered by Mitch’s BBQ. (6 p.m. Wednesday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $15; 806-242-4233)

“Avatar: The Way of Water”: Director James Cameron returns us to Pandora for this long-awaited sequel that’s getting rave reviews already. (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Holiday Hootenanny: Llano Real Estate Group hosts this party featuring cookies, hot cocoa and photos with Santa at Cactus Cove Inn. (4 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 2501 E. Interstate 40; 806-905-6089)

Christmas in the Gardens: Amarillo Botanical Gardens is twinkling once more for its annual holiday tours. (6 to 8:30 Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 23; admission $8 or $6 for seniors; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513) 

“Elf”: Buddy and his pals sing and dance in this musical adaptation of the hugely popular Christmas film, on stage at Amarillo Little Theatre through Dec. 18. Tickets will be limited. (7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; ALT Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

Christmas Extravaganza: Stock up on holiday wines at this event at Bar Z Winery, also featuring a food truck and guest appearance by Santa. (2 to 6 p.m. Friday; 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541; 806-488-2214)

IC Gallery: The independent Amarillo gallery reopens for the first time since the pandemic began for a holiday show. (3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 1501 S. Washington St.; 806-373-5380)

Maxwell’s Magical Christmas: Celebrate the season with activities including a lighted hayride, a trail of lights, photos with Santa and more through Dec. 23. (5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; admission $13.95 to $15.95; 12908 S. Bell St.; 806-373-9600)

Black Tie Affair: The Northside Toy Drive’s hugely popular annual fundraiser returns with dinner, casino games and music from Brassholics. The seated dinner is sold out, but standing-room-only tickets are still available with an unwrapped toy. (6 p.m. Friday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St.; 806-680-3602)

Santa Skate: Lace up your skates and take a turn around the rink with the Grinch, Santa and others. (6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 and Dec. 22; Amarillo Ice Ranch, 301 S. Grant St.; $10 to skate, $5 rentals; 806-242-4231)

Christmas in the Sky: The Sod Poodles hosts this holiday fireworks spectacular for a second year. Enjoy free hot chocolate, milk, cookies and Christmas jazz. (7 p.m. Friday, gates open at 5:45 p.m.; 715 S. Buchanan St.; 806-803-7762)

Back in Black: The AC/DC tribute band takes a ride down the highway to hell to Ocho Segundos nightclub. (8 p.m. Friday; 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.; tickets $25; 806-335-9990)

Lightfoot Family Band: This Oklahoma duo rolls into town for a show at Leftwoods. (9 p.m. Friday; 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover $5; 806-367-9840)

Luke Koepke & The Bad Habits: The Lubbock country band brings some vices to the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Christmas Party: DJ Element spins and Santa himself makes an appearance at the festivities at Tejano Wild West. (9:30 p.m. Friday; 1200 S.E. 10th Ave.; 806-340-3313)

The Stray Sons: The Amarillo-based country-rock band returns to the stage at Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Happy Holiday Pops: The Amarillo Symphony’s traditional Christmas concert returns for two performances in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $21 to $71; 806-378-3096)

Amarillo Takeover Music Festival: Enjoy tunes from MC Magic, Z-Ro, Kap G, Lil Rob & more at this special show at Azteca Music Hall. (7 p.m. Saturday; tickets $50; 500 N. Farm-to-Market Road 1912; 806-779-6360)

Bettman & Halpin: The folk duo returns for a Living Room Concert for High Plains Public Radio. (7 p.m. Saturday; Chalice Abbey, 2717 Stanley St., Suite A; $15 donation; 806-367-9088) 

Amarillo Wranglers: The local hockey team continues its home season by hunting down the El Paso Rhinos. (7:15 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $12 to $23; 806-378-3096)

Rak 45: The Amarillo rockers hit Sixth Street for a show at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

New Generation Band: The young Amarillo rock band returns to Skooterz. (10 p.m. Saturday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

Sal & The Stonewall Hippies: The Lubbock-based country band rolls into town for a show at Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Agave Posse: Take a shot with this old-school Amarillo country band at Golden Light Cantina. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

“It’s a Wonderful Life”: Celebrate the 75th anniversary of this beloved holiday classic. (3:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 21; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Nate Bargatze: The rising-star comedian brings his “Raincheck Tour” to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. (8 p.m. Sunday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $40 to $140; 806-378-3096)


  • 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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