Holiday Events

Tuesday

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. Tuesday; continues nightly through Sunday; 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. Tuesday; continues nightly through Sunday; 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)

Wednesday

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. Wednesday; continues nightly through Sunday; 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. Wednesday; continues nightly through Sunday; 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)

Thursday

Darkness Day: Welcome winter solstice with special dark brews at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (5 p.m. Wednesday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

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. Thursday; continues nightly through Sunday; 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. Thursday; continues nightly through Sunday; admission $10 ages 6 and older; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513)

A Jazzy Christmas: Ruth Ellen Lynch & Jazz Plus swing into the holidays at the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center. (6 p.m. Thursday; 320 S. Cuyler St. in Pampa; donations accepted; 806-664-0824)

Winter Solstice Makers Market: Local artisans offer their wares for last-minute holiday shoppers at Aunt Eek’s, The 806 Coffee + Lounge and High Fidelity Records. (6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 2900, 2812 and 2818 S.W. Sixth Ave.)

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 Drag Queen Christmas: A lineup of killer queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” returns to slay the holidays in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (8 p.m. Thursday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $39 to $56; 806-378-3096)

Goth X-Mas: The 806 Coffee + Lounge hosts a night of spooky holiday stories and more. (9 p.m. Thursday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-322-1806)

Friday

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 nightly through Sunday; 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. Friday; continues nightly through Sunday; admission $10 ages 6 and older; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513) 

The Smeaton Brothers Band Holiday Special: The Amarillo rock band reunites for a Christmas show at the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Saturday 

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 nightly through Sunday; 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 Sunday; admission $10 ages 6 and older; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513) 

Red Dirt Christmas-tacular Experience Voyage: Americana greats The Damn Quails celebrate the season at the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

806 Drag Queen Christmas: Local queens get into the holiday spirit in this special show at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover $10; 806-322-1806)

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; 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; admission $10 ages 6 and older; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513) 

Nonholiday Events

Tuesday

Ty Van Valkenburg: The Amarillo 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

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)

Tom Buechi: The Amarillo one-man band headlines Pondaseta Brewing Co.’s Wednesday music series. (7 p.m. Dec. 20; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Thursday

“The Iron Claw”: Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White and Harris Dickinson star as the Von Erich brothers, major wrestling stars of the 1980s, in this critically acclaimed biopic. Also opening: rom-com “Anyone But You,” superhero sequel “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” and animated feature “Migration.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

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

The Solano Project: The Amarillo rock band takes the stage at the newly refurbished Western Horseman. (8 p.m. Thursday; 2501 E. Interstate 40; 806-379-6555, Ext. 2999)

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

Friday

Rodney Branigan: The guitar god comes home for a show at Chalice Abbey. (7 p.m. Friday; 2717 Stanley St., Suite A; $20 donation; 806-576-2480) 

Cameron James Smith: 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)

The Solano Project: The Amarillo party band warms up the night on Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Friday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

The Roman Carbajal Band: The Amarillo country-rock band takes the stage at the newly refurbished Western Horseman. (9:30 p.m. Friday; 2501 E. Interstate 40; 806-379-6555, Ext. 2999)

Saturday

December Discoveries: Enjoy differently themed activities each week through December. This week: Jingle bells–the science of sound. (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)

Hayden Pedigo: The rising indie music star comes home for a special show in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, presented by Brick & Elm. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $15; 806-378-3096)

Jack Cryver & Bad Decisions: The Amarillo rock band encourages regrettable choices on Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Dec. 23; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Mike Chism & Hollow Point: The Amarillo band takes aim on a good time at Broken Spoke Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Nine Eyes: The Amarillo country band takes a look at the newly refurbished Western Horseman. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2501 E. Interstate 40; 806-379-6555, Ext. 2999)

Sunday

“Ferrari”: Director Michael Mann hits top speed with this Adam Driver-starring biopic. Also opening: historical sports drama “The Boys in the Boat.” (Opens Sunday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Monday

“The Color Purple”: The searing drama returns to the screen as a musical in this new adaptation of the Alice Walker novel. (Opens Monday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Dec. 26

Amy Hart: The Amarillo singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Dec. 26; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

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.