Poinsettia Style Luncheon: Amarillo Botanical Gardens hosts this holiday tradition, featuring fashions from Janey’s and Marcella’s, speaker Freda Powell and music from Patrick Swindell & Esquire Jazz. (11:30 a.m. Tuesday; 1400 Streit Drive; tickets $45; 806-352-6513)

Amarillo College Brass Ensemble: The AC horn section will shine in this free concert. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Concert Hall Theatre on the Washington Street campus; 806-371-5340)

77th Army Band Holiday Concert: The touring military ensemble offers a free Christmas concert in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; 806-378-3096)

“The Dark Crystal”: Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this muppety fantasy classic. (3:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Michael Martin Murphey: The Western crooner brings his Cowboy Christmas Show back to Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 9151 E. Interstate 40; tickets $38.50 to $48.50; $30 for dinner; 806-335-3175)

Rhett Uhland: The Texas country singer heads underground for a show in the Paramount Recreation Club, The Barfield’s speakeasy. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

Texas Boys Choir: The young singers bring their Christmas tour to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. (7 p.m. Wednesday; 1601 S. Georgia St.; 806-376-6316)

Dale Smith: The Amarillo singer-songwriter brings tunes to Timeout Sports Bar & Grill. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday; 3723 S.W. 58th Ave.; 806-418-7214)

“Christmas Bloody Christmas”: Well, this one sounds merry and bright. (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Tascosa Pops Concert: Tascosa High School Band and Orchestra will present its annual holiday pops concert. (6 p.m. Thursday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $30; 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. 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)

Resonance: This three-day music festival at Bomb City Distillery will feature a rock night with Lilac Kings, Neon Graves and more on Thursday; a rap and hip-hop night with Wordlife and Nicky Cortez, and an EDM night with Realezt and Kause. (8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 306 S. Cleveland St.; tickets $16.24 daily, $32.48 for three-day package; 806-220-2662)

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)

Amarillo Wranglers: The local hockey team continues its home season by trying to stomp out the Shreveport Mudbugs. Before Saturday’s game, check out the Hockey + Holiday Market at 6 p.m. on the concourse. (7:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $12 to $23; 806-378-3096)

“The Nutcracker”: Lone Star Ballet’s beloved holiday tradition returns for five performances in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. (7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $17 to $52; 806-372-2463)

Christmas with the Beatles: The Fab Four (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) helps spread holiday cheer in this tribute show in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (8 p.m. Friday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $30 to $55; 806-378-3096)

Blacktooth Grin: The annual tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) in this concert featuring Saint of Killers, Loudmouth and Liquid Jimi at Leftwoods. (9 p.m. Friday; 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover $10; 806-367-9840)

Ryan Culwell: The Panhandle native and Americana star returns to the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Boss 420: The Amarillo rock band promises a boss time at Whiskey River. (10 p.m. Friday; 4001 S.W. 51st Ave.; 806-367-6163)

Della Rose: The female-fronted country band brings the twang to Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Christmas with Santa: The jolly old elf comes to the North side with this family event at the Warford Activity Center, featuring a pancake breakfast, photos, cookie decorating and more. (8 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday; 1330 N.W. 18th Ave.; tickets $7 each or $35 for families; 806-378-3036)

Holly Jolly Open House: Enjoy shopping discounts, door prizes, cookies and sangria at this holiday event at The Nat. (10 a.m. Saturday; 2705 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-367-8908)

Santa’s Coming to Town: The Don Harrington Discovery Center hosts the big man in this event celebrating the science of Christmas—including, surely, an explanation about how he manages to get down all of those chimneys in one night. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 1200 Streit Drive; admission $14 adults, children $9, military/seniors/students $11, members free; 806-355-9547)

“The Hours”: The acclaimed novel and film is adapted into a new opera starring Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato and Kelli O’Hara in this “The Met: Live in HD” presentation. (11:55 a.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Holiday Social Dance Party: Footloose Amarillo will host this Christmas spectacular, with free lessons beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a dance party letting you show off your moves in a variety of styles. BYOB. (7 p.m. Saturday; Tripp’s Harley-Davidson, 6040 W. Interstate 40; admission $10 adults, $5 teens; footlooseamarillo@gmail.com)

Slayyy Gala: Smile Big Texas, an Amarillo LGBTQIA+ support group, will host this holiday-themed drag show, raising funds for a planned community center. (7 p.m. Saturday; Khiva Shrine, 305 S.E. Fifth Ave.; general admission with $25 gift card, tables of eight available; 806-576-4135) 

Comedy Showcase: Yellow City Comedy hosts this night of yucks and suds at Pondaseta Brewing Co., featuring Clemente Villegas, Selena Martinez, Otis Hicks, Luis Flandes and host Josh Castro. (9 p.m. Saturday; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; tickets $15; 806-418-6282)

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

The Blue Johnnies: The venerable Amarillo rock band takes the stage at Golden Light Cantina. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Sounds of the Season: The Amarillo Youth Choirs offers its annual holiday concert. (4 p.m. Sunday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.; 806-680-9500)

“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. Monday and Dec. 13; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Amarillo College Community Concert Band: The local ensemble will offer holiday songs and more at this free concert. (7:30 p.m. Monday; Concert Hall Theatre on the Washington Street campus; 806-371-5340)


  • 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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