Holiday Events

Tuesday

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 Lights Ride: Meet at Hill’s Sports Shop for a tour of the lights in the Wolflin neighborhood, then return to the shop for hot chocolate and cookies. (6:30 p.m. Tuesday; 4021 Mockingbird Lane; 806-355-7224)

“Max Lucado’s Because of Bethlehem”: The Christian author shares passages from his novel, interspersed with performances from the likes of Cece Winans and others. (7 p.m. Tuesday; continues through Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Wednesday

Nutcracker Marketplace: The Lone Star Ballet Guild offers a one-stop shop for all your nutcracker needs ahead of the ballet’s weekend performances of the holiday favorite. (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St.; 806-372-2463)

Holiday Haus Beer Release: Six Car Brewery unveils a new beer with hints of peach and pecan in a party featuring music from Kenzie Crabtree. (5:30 p.m. Wednesday; 625 S. Polk St.; 806-576-3396)

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)

“Max Lucado’s Because of Bethlehem”: The Christian author shares passages from his novel, interspersed with performances from the likes of Cece Winans and others. (7 p.m. Wednesday; continues through Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Thursday

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

First Thursday: Aunt Eek’s Books & Curiosities hosts a Krampus Nacht celebration, featuring a makers’ market and live music from J. Kali and Amy Hart. (6 p.m. Thursday; 2900 S.W. Sixth Ave; 806-420-0021)

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)

“Max Lucado’s Because of Bethlehem”: The Christian author shares passages from his novel, interspersed with performances from the likes of Cece Winans and others. (7 p.m. Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Pondaseta White Elephant Night: The brewing company hosts a gift exchange. Admission is free with a gift ($30 limit). (7 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Small Town Poetry Tour: Amarillo authors Wes Reeves and Seth Wieck swap odes at Burrowing Owl Booksellers. (7 p.m. Thursday; 400 15th St. in Canyon; 806-452-8002)

Friday

Elves Rocking on Route 66: The holidays come to Historic Route 66 with photos with Santa at Meme’s DOC Cafe, 3700 S.W. Sixth Ave.; a Christmas Lowrider Cruise, also at Meme’s; and an open house at Lile Art Gallery. (5 p.m. Friday; Sixth Avenue between Western and Georgia Streets; 806-373-1427)

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 Dec. 17, then nightly through Dec. 23; admission $15.95 online, $20.95 at the gate; 12908 S. Bell St.; 806-373-9600)

Amarillo Wranglers Holiday Market: Before the local hockey team takes the ice (see below), check out gift options all around the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Concourse. (6 p.m. Friday; continues Saturday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; 806-378-3096)

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

“White Christmas: A Night of Irving Berlin”: The in-the-works Amarillo Depot hosts this holiday dinner show at the Amarillo Club, featuring music from Sarah Beckham-Turner and West Texas A&M University students. Funds will benefit The Depot, planned as an interactive historical museum. (7 p.m. Friday; tickets $125, sponsorships available; 600 S. Tyler St.; 806-680-6540)

“The Nutcracker”: The Lone Star Ballet’s beloved holiday tradition returns to the stage in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium for five shows. (7:30 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $16 to $51; 806-378-3096)

“Prancer”: Amarillo Little Theatre Academy goes soaring with this feel-good holiday play based on the popular Christmas movie. (7:30 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday; Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

Saturday

Mini Christmas Market: The bakery Dipped in Velvet puts on this expo with Yellow City Grind, featuring holiday treats and local vendors. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 4410 S. Bell St.; 806-341-2070)

“The Nutcracker”: The Lone Star Ballet’s beloved holiday tradition returns to the stage in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium for five shows. (2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $16 to $51; 806-378-3096)

“Prancer”: Amarillo Little Theatre Academy goes soaring with this feel-good holiday play based on the popular Christmas movie. (2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday; Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

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)

Amarillo Wranglers Holiday Market: Before the local hockey team takes the ice (see below), check out gift options all around the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Concourse. (6 p.m. Saturday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; 806-378-3096)

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

Sunday

Breakfast with the Grinch: Wake up early for a meal (including green eggs and sausage) with this nasty-wasty soul at Amarillo Botanical Gardens. (10:30 a.m. Sunday; admission $20; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513) 

Gifts for Gals: Local makers will offer holiday deals in this holiday expo, also featuring live holiday jazz and food trucks. (Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; The Derrick, 814 S. Taylor St.; galsinthegardenevent@gmail.com

“The Nutcracker”: The Lone Star Ballet’s beloved holiday tradition returns to the stage in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium for five shows. (2 and 6 p.m. Sunday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $16 to $51; 806-378-3096)

“Prancer”: Amarillo Little Theatre Academy goes soaring with this feel-good holiday play based on the popular Christmas movie. (2:30 p.m. Sunday; Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

“A Christmas Story”: Don’t put your eye out; just enjoy 40th-anniversary screenings of this beloved holiday tale. (4 and 7 p.m. Sunday; continues Dec. 13; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

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)

Smokey Joe’s Christmas Party: The Sixth Street mainstay hosts a potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange ($20 limit). (8 p.m. Sunday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

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)

Dec. 12

Storytelling: A Christmas Tradition: Local tellers spin holiday tales over dinner at Drunken Oyster. (11 a.m. Dec. 12; 7606 S.W. 45th Ave.; reservations required; 806-418-6668)

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

Jeff Williams: 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)

Ri Wolf: Enjoy tunes underground at The Barfield’s speakeasy with the country singer. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 600 S. Polk St.; 806-414-2200)

Thursday

“The Boy and the Heron”: Anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns to theaters with this semi-autobiographical tale. Also opening: 20th-anniversary screenings of “Love Actually.” (Opens Tuesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

“Waitress”: Straight from Broadway comes a five-night screening of this tasty musical treat, starring Sara Bareilles (who also wrote the music). (3:25 and 7:20 p.m. Thursday; continues through Monday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

First Thursday Art & Wine: Artist Deckard Souko and musician Luis Torres are in the spotlight at this monthly event at High Fidelity Records. (6 p.m. Thursday; 2818 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 252-220-4729)

First Thursday Art + Music: Enjoy tunes and beautiful sights at The 806 Coffee + Lounge’s monthly event. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Justin Roberts: 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)

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)

Thelma & The Sleaze: The female-led rock band returns to Amarillo for a show in the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Thursday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Jordan Robert Kirk: The Texas country band takes the stage at the newly refurbished Western Horseman. (10 p.m. Thursday; 2501 E. Interstate 40; 806-379-6555, Ext. 2999)

Friday

“Waitress”: Straight from Broadway comes a five-night screening of this tasty musical treat, starring Sara Bareilles (who also wrote the music). (3:25 and 7:20 p.m. Friday; continues through Monday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Hank Vincent: The Amarillo country singer and his family trade tunes in a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish at Strata Coffee Shop. (7 p.m. Friday; 7560 Outlook Drive; 806-350-8385) 

Ri Wolf: The Amarillo country singer offers an acoustic show at the Golden Light Beer & Wine Garden. (7 p.m. Friday; 6014 S. Western St.; 806-221-2337)

Touching Voodoo: The Amarillo blues-rock band brings the party to the beach at Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Friday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Ty Blackburn: 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)

Amarillo Wranglers: The local hockey squad laces up their skates to take on the Lone Star Brahmas in a pair of matches. (7:15 p.m. Friday; continues Saturday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $13 to $24; 806-378-3096)

Blacktooth Grin Party: Amarillo rockers Saint of Killers and Liquid Jimi pay tribute to fallen metal artists at Skooterz. (8 p.m. Friday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

Steve Treviño: The popular comic husband brings his tour to the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (8 p.m. Friday; tickets $36 to $56; 500 S. Buchanan St.; 806-378-3096)

The Tweeks: 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)

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

Bryan & The Bronc Stompers: The Amarillo country band stomps into Whiskey River. (9 p.m. Friday; 4001 S.W. 51st Ave.; cover $8 or a new, unwrapped toy; 806-367-6163)

Slade Coulter: The Lubbock country singer returns to Amarillo 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: winter weather. (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)

“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”. (11:55 a.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

“Waitress”: Straight from Broadway comes a five-night screening of this tasty musical treat, starring Sara Bareilles (who also wrote the music). (3:25 and 7:20 p.m. Saturday; continues through Monday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Sucker Punch Steve: The Amarillo rock band throws haymakers at Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Saturday; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Amarillo Wranglers: The local hockey squad laces up their skates to take on the Lone Star Brahmas in a pair of matches. (7:15 p.m. Saturday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $13 to $24; 806-378-3096)

Cameron James Smith: 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)

Jackie Haney & Geezers Gone Wild: The Amarillo oldies band twists and shouts on Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Dec. 9; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Joey Green: The Texas country act takes the stage at the newly refurbished Western Horseman. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2501 E. Interstate 40; 806-379-6555, Ext. 2999)

Red Dirt Rockers: The Amarillo band kicks up some dirt at Broken Spoke Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Summer Dean: The Texas country singer brings the heat for a show in the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

100 Smokes: The Texas rock band lights up the night at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Sunday

“Waitress”: Straight from Broadway comes a five-night screening of this tasty musical treat, starring Sara Bareilles (who also wrote the music). (3:25 and 7:20 p.m. Sunday; continues through Monday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Monday

“Waitress”: Straight from Broadway comes a five-night screening of this tasty musical treat, starring Sara Bareilles (who also wrote the music). (3:25 and 7:20 p.m. Monday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Dec. 12

Yvonne Perea: The Amarillo folk singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Dec. 12; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Ongoing

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.