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)

Wednesday

Festival of Lights: The West Texas A&M University tradition returns in an expanded event that incorporates the city of Canyon, featuring the lighting of campus, hot chocolate, treats, activities and more. President Walter V. and Mary Wendler host a special holiday reception at 4 p.m. in Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center. (6 p.m. Wednesday; WT campus in Canyon; free; 806-651-0000)

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

Holiday Open House: Amarillo artist and interior designer Marjorie Hagan Ellis is in the spotlight in this special event at White Shirt Art Gallery. (5 to 7 p.m. Thursday; 619 S. Tyler St., Suite 110; 806-567-0393)

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) 

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)

“Amahl and the Night Visitors”: WT Opera will stage this holiday classic over two nights. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues Friday; Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall on the WT campus; tickets $10; 806-651-2840)

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 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 Friday; continues weekends through Dec. 10, then nightly Dec. 14 to 23; admission $10 ages 6 and older; 1400 Streit Drive; 806-352-6513) 

Electric Light Parade: Center City of Amarillo’s holiday tradition returns, this year with a Hawaiian Christmas theme. (6 to 8 p.m. Friday; Polk Street from 11th to Fourth avenues; free; 806-372-6744)

An Aaron Watson Family Christmas: The Texas country superstar and Amarillo native brings his holiday tour home for a special performance in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (7 p.m. Friday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $29 to $49; 806-378-3096)

“Amahl and the Night Visitors”: WT Opera will stage this holiday classic over two nights. (7:30 p.m. Friday; Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall on the WT campus; tickets $10; 806-651-2840)

“Prancer”: Amarillo Little Theatre Academy goes soaring with this holiday musical based on the popular Christmas movie. (7:30 p.m. Friday; continues through Dec. 10; Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

Saturday

Christmas Open House: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum hosts its annual holiday festivities, featuring crafts, special tours, music and photos with Santa. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon; admission $1 or a can of food; 806-651-2244)

Holiday Potters Show: Panhandle Potters take over Arts in the Sunset for a holiday shopping experience and exhibition. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 3701 Plains Blvd.; free; 806-354-8802)

23rd Annual Grinch Grand Prix: Start your engines and zoom out to the Amarillo Raceway for this holiday race. (10 a.m. Saturday; 3891 S. Loop 335 E)

Christmas Toy Roundup: Bring new toys for Shi Lee’s 11th Annual Christmas Toy Drive and enjoy this drive down Historic Route 66. (11 a.m. Saturday; Sixth Avenue between McMasters and Tennessee street; 806-220-0032)

“Prancer”: Amarillo Little Theatre Academy goes soaring with this holiday musical based on the popular Christmas movie. (2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; continues through Dec. 10; Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

“How the Grinch Stole Artwork”: Local artists JMF and Dash host a whimsical art show at Bomb City Distillery. (3 to 10 p.m. Saturday; 306 S. Cleveland St.; admission $10 adults, free children; 806-220-2662)

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)

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

Amarillo Holiday Spectacular: Enjoy dance, hula hoop, vocal and aerial acts in this special presentation in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (7 p.m. Saturday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $5 to $20; 806-378-3096)

Gary McIntosh: The cowboy singer offers an intimate show of Christmas and gospel tunes at Buffalo Grass Music Hall in Panhandle. (7 p.m. Saturday; 123 Main St. in Panhandle; 806-236-2933)

Holiday Social Dance Party: Footloose Amarillo will celebrate yuletide with this red-hot party, featuring free lessons beginning at 7 p.m., followed by music from Amarillo band The Solano Project. BYOB. (7 p.m. Saturday; Tripp’s Harley-Davidson, 6040 W. Interstate 40; admission $20 adults, $5 teens; footlooseamarillo@gmail.com)

WT Chamber Singers: The WT choir will offer a special, intimate holiday concert. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall on the WT campus; free; 806-651-2840)

Sunday

“Prancer”: Amarillo Little Theatre Academy goes soaring with this holiday musical based on the popular Christmas movie. (2:30 p.m. Sunday; continues through Dec. 10; Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

“I Heard the Bells! Music of the Christmas Season”: The WT Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert will feature music from the WT choirs, the Palo Duro High School Chorale and others. (4 and 7 p.m. Sunday; Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on the WT Canyon campus; free, but tickets required; 806-651-2840)

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 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)

“The Nutcracker”: Amarillo Performing Arts Center stages its own version of the Christmas classic in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (7 p.m. Sunday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $10 to $20 in advance, $15 general admission at the door; 806-378-3096)

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. 5

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

Nelson McKinney: The Amarillo country 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

WT Concert and Symphonic Bands: The WT ensembles will spotlight contemporary and classic works in a pair of free concerts. (6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday; Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on the WT Canyon campus; free; 806-651-2840)

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)

Mike Salazar: The Amarillo singer brings a show to Broken Spoke Lounge. (8 p.m. Wednesday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Thursday

“Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé”: The R&B goddess brings the heat to movie theaters in this concert film. Also opening: Hindi action film “Animal,” existential comedy “Dream Scenario,” monster flick “Godzilla Minus One,” holiday horror film “Silent Night” and sci-fi adventure “The Shift.” (Opens Tuesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

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

Meridel Rubenstein: The photographer offers an artist talk at Amarillo Museum of Art in conjunction with her ongoing exhibition. (7 p.m. Thursday, cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.; 2200 S. Van Buren St.; 806-371-5050)

Ty Blackburn: The Amarillo country singer kicks off the weekend on Smokey Joe’s patio. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Subliminals: The young Amarillo rock band goes acoustic in a special outdoor jam session in the Memorial Park gazebo. (7:30 p.m. Thursday; 26th Avenue and Washington Street; free)

The March Divide: The acclaimed Texas-based one-man band marches back to The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (9 p.m. Thursday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover, donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

Friday

First Friday Art Walk: The favorite tradition continues at newly renovated Arts in the Sunset. (5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 3701 Plains Blvd.; free; 806-354-8802)

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)

Cirque Italia: The artistic troupe brings its Water Circus to town for a three-day run outside Starlight Ranch Event Center. (7:30 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $55; 941-704-8572)

Scotty Alexander: The country singer brings the band for an acoustic show at the Golden Light Beer & Wine Garden. (8 p.m. Friday; 6014 S. Western St.; tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door; 806-221-2337)

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

Ri Wolf & The Prairie Hawks: The Amarillo country band takes the stage at the newly refurbished Western Horseman. (8:45 p.m. Friday; 2501 E. Interstate 40; 806-379-6555, Ext. 2999)

Bart Crow: The Texas country great takes the stage at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Jacob Stelly: The Texas rocker 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. Up first: Animals in the snow. (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)

Travis Austin Bennett Art Show: The cowboy artist offers a one-day exhibition of his latest works. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 19501 Chaparral Road; 575-636-3701)

“The Magic Flute”: Julie Taymor’s eye-popping staging of the classic Mozart opera in this encore “The Met: Live in HD” screening. (12:55 p.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Cirque Italia: The artistic troupe brings its Water Circus to town for a three-day run outside Starlight Ranch Event Center. (1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $55; 941-704-8572)

“The Music of a Stifled Voice”: WT piano professor Dr. Choong-ha Nam anchors this recital of long-overlooked composer Fanny Hensel’s work. Also featured are Emmanuel Lopez, Evgeny Zvonnikov and Alejandra Attebury. (3 p.m. Saturday; Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall on WT’s Canyon campus; free; 806-651-2840)

Beauty From Afar: This collaborative fashion show features new works from Amarillo lines Momentum of Roses and Improper Tear alongside art from 18 area artists, live music, food trucks and more. (6 p.m. Saturday; tickets $25 to $60; STØEX, 723 S. Georgia St.)

Tom Buechi: The Amarillo one-man band offers an acoustic night at Mickey’s Place. (7 p.m. Friday; 1512 Fifth Ave. in Canyon; 806-452-7320)

New Generation Band: The young Amarillo rock band slays at Skooterz. (8 p.m. Saturday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

Bring Me the Gypsee: The Amarillo band offers an eclectic night on Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Moon Dog: The Amarillo rock band howls at Broken Spoke Lounge. (9 p.m. Saturday; 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave.; no cover; 806-373-9149)

Rodney Branigan: The Amarillo-born guitar god comes home for a show in the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

Trent Walker: The ’90s-influenced Texas country singer returns to Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Sunday

Cirque Italia: The artistic troupe brings its Water Circus to town for a three-day run outside Starlight Ranch Event Center. (1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday; 1415 Sunrise Drive; tickets $15 to $55; 941-704-8572)

Dec. 5

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

Ongoing

Amarillo Museum of Art: Check out “Critical Mass: Photoworks by Meridel Rubenstein” through Dec. 3 and 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.