Zach Williams: The contemporary Christian singer brings his “I Don’t Want Christmas to End” holiday tour to the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (7 p.m. Tuesday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $32 to $64.75; 806-378-3096)

“West Side Story”: The rave reviews are cannonballing down from the sky for this Steven Spielberg-directed remake of the iconic American musical. Also opening this weekend: Director Adam McKay’s latest satire “Don’t Look Up” ahead of its January debut on Netflix; and sports drama “National Champions.” (Opens Thursday)

Bank of America Christmas in the Gardens: The Amarillo Botanical Gardens’ holiday tradition returns with thousands of lights a’twinkling. (Thursdays through Sundays from Nov. 27 to Dec. 23; tickets $8; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513)

“A Doublewide, Texas Christmas”: Lady Bird Johnson’s face shows up in a sweet potato in Amarillo Little Theatre’s latest Mainstage production, a small-town farce from the authors of the popular “Dixie Swim Club.” (Thursday through Sunday; 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

Maxwell’s Magical Christmas: Enjoy a trail of lights, a visit with Santa Claus, lighted hayride trail, low ropes course, Candy Chaos obstacle course, wagon train ride, tube slides and more at this holiday extravaganza. (Friday and Saturday; continues through Dec. 30; 12908 S. Bell St.; tickets $15.95 online, $20.95 at the gate; 806-373-9600)

“The Nutcracker”: Lone Star Ballet celebrates the 50th year of this holiday tradition with a weekend full of performances in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium. (Friday through Sunday; 401 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $13 to $48; 806-372-2463)

The Comedy Spot: This new comedy venue hosts its second show with a promised lineup of pro and amateur comics. (8 p.m. Friday; 4300 Teckla Blvd., Suite 11) 

Joey Green: The Texas country star and “The Voice” veteran returns to town for a show at Hoots. Then, on Saturday, Amarillo country band 9 Eyes takes the stage (9 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

M.O.R. Streetwear Show: Amarillo fashion designer Matthew Rosas debuts his latest Momentum of Roses collection at this party featuring food trucks and performances from JuJu, Nicky Cortez and DJ RoRo. (6 p.m. Saturday; The Rock Event Center, 310 S. Ross St.; tickets $10;

Tuba Christmas: One of my favorite (and lowest) traditions returns, with a cadre of low-brass players performing beloved holiday carols at Westgate Mall. (3 p.m. Saturday; 7701 W. Interstate 40)

Kaleb McIntire Band: The Texas country act hits downtown Amarillo for a show at Chesney’s Whiskey Saloon. (7 p.m. Saturday; 715 S. Polk St.; cover; 806-378-5790) 

The Christy Lynn Band: The retro country act rolls into town on the momentum of debut album “Sweetheart of the Radio” for a show at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Native Crowds with Wolf Ugly: Dig in for a night of emo-rock at Leftwoods, also featuring Amarillo bands Like Red Giants and Moonshadows. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-367-9840)

Broken Echo: The Amarillo rockers headline Whiskey River’s annual Christmas party. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4001 S.W. 51st Ave.; cover; 806-367-6163)

“On Golden Pond”: Father-and-daughter duo Henry and Jane Fonda teamed with fellow Hollywood icon Katharine Hepburn for this intense family drama, which gets 40th-anniversary showings through the TCM Big Screen Classics series. (3 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Dec. 15; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive, and Regal UA Amarillo Star, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd.)

“All Is Calm, All Is Bright”: High Plains Choral Society presents a free holiday concert in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall at West Texas A&M University. (3:30 p.m. Sunday;


  • 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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