“A Drag Queen Christmas”: Hey gurl, you mighta heard about this one. Ignore the controversy and check out some of the country’s top queens in a hysterical holiday event in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (8 p.m. Tuesday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $43 to $88; 806-378-3096)

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)

“Violent Night”: “Stranger Things” star David Harbour plays a bloody Santa in this holiday horror film. Also opening: faith-based holiday film “I Heard the Bells.” (Opens Thursday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive; and Cinergy, 9201 Cinergy Square)

Betenbough Homes Christmas Celebration: Stroll through Gingerbread Lane and enjoy photos with Santa, hot cocoa, cookie decorating and Christmas carols. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 8780 Heritage Hills; 806-797-9494)

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) 

First Thursday Art + Music: Enjoy the opening of a new art exhibition and a concert at The 806 Coffee + Lounge. (7 p.m. Thursday; 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave.; donations accepted; 806-322-1806)

“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 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; ALT Allen Shankles Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle; ticket prices vary; 806-355-9991)

“What Remains”: Sharpened Iron Studios’ first feature film—a faith-based drama starring Kellan Lutz, Cress Williams and the late Anne Heche—gets its premiere screening in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (8 p.m. Thursday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $10; 806-642-5199) 

Christmas Light Skate: Lace up your skates and have a go under the holiday lights. (5 to 10 p.m. Friday; Amarillo Ice Ranch, 301 S. Grant St.; $10 to skate, $5 rentals; 806-242-4231)

“Twilight” Marathon: Cinemark hosts a five-night event featuring a screening of each of the twinkly vampire films in order. (Friday through Tuesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Electric Light Parade: Center City of Amarillo’s glittering tradition returns, stretching from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex. (6 p.m. Friday; 1000 S. Polk St. to 401 S. Buchanan St.; free; 806-372-6744)

Three Redneck Tenors’ Christmas Special: The talented, countrified opera stars return with a special holiday show presented by Amarillo Opera in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (7:30 p.m. Friday; 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $25 to $55; 806-372-7464)

Tyler Halverson: The young Americana singer returns to the Golden Light Cantina. (9 p.m. Friday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

9 Eyes: The old-school Amarillo country band brings the twang to Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Friday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Christmas Open House: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s holiday party will feature holiday crafts, storytelling, singalongs, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon; free with one can for High Plains Food Bank; 806-651-2244)

Christmas in Canyon: Keep the party going in Canyon with holiday music, a light parade, photos with Santa, a tree-lighting ceremony and more. (4 p.m. Saturday; Canyon downtown square; 806-655-7815)

Amarillo Holiday Spectacular: Enjoy performances by Amarillo Art In Motion, Amarillo Performing Arts Center, Caprockettes, Don Diamonds, Flying Fitness, Impact Expressions School of The Arts, Nova Gore, Sandie Steppers, Unique Stepperz and the West Texas A&M University Spirit Squad in this variety show fundraiser for Amarillo Angels, Colorful Closets and High Plains Food Bank. (6 p.m. Saturday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.; $15 suggested donation; 806-418-4271)

La Fiera de Ojinaga: The Tejano stars team with La Energia Norteã, La Reunion Norteña and La Nueva Estrategia for a show at Azteca Music Hall. (8 p.m. Saturday; admission charge; 500 N. Farm-to-Market Road 1912; 806-779-6360)

Dylan Wheeler: The Texas country singer hits town for a show with Palmer Anthony at Ocho Segundos nightclub. (8 p.m. Saturday; 5331 E. Amarillo Blvd.; cover $20; 806-335-9990)

Mike Chism & Hollow Point: The Amarillo country band makes its debut at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Saturday; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Jack Nelson: The Texas-based country-rock singer hits town for a show at Chesney’s Whiskey Saloon. (9 p.m. Saturday; 715 S. Polk St.; cover)

The Barlow: The Colorado country band returns to town for a show at Rounders Club. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2801 S. Virginia St.; no cover; 806-352-3317)

DJ Paul: The cofounder of Oscar-winning rappers Three 6 Mafia (“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow”) will perform his hits and more at Leftwoods. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; tickets $20 to $300; 806-367-9840)

Hangman: The Amarillo rock band swings into Skooterz. (9 p.m. Saturday; 4100 Bushland Blvd.; cover; 806-679-0122)

Raw House: Zombiez Bar & Grill hosts a night of hip hop with assistance from Cobe Jordan and Quay. (9 p.m. Saturday; 711 S. 10th Ave.; cover $5; 806-331-7305)

Braxton Keith: The young Midland-born country singer will rock out at Hoots Pub. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)

Slade Coulter: The Lubbock-based country singer returns to the Golden Light Cantina with openers Travis Roberts & The Willing Few. (10 p.m. Saturday; 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave.; cover; 806-374-9237)

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

“Away in a Manger”: First Baptist Church’s annual Christmas celebration returns with music from the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra. (4 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday; 1208 S. Tyler St.; free tickets required; 806-373-2891)

“Music of the Christmas Season”: The West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra, WT choirs and the Randall High School Chorale will team up for this annual holiday tradition. (4 and 7 p.m. Sunday; Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on the Canyon campus; free, but tickets required; 806-651-2840)

An Evening of Christmas Tidings: Polk Street United Methodist Church hosts this holiday concert and party, featuring an array of the church’s choral singers. (5:30 p.m. Sunday; 1401 S. Polk St.; 806-374-2891)

Amarillo Wind Ensemble: The community band offers up a holiday concert. (7 p.m. Sunday; First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 3001 Wolflin Ave.; free, but donations accepted; amarillowindensemble@gmail.com)

Poinsettia Style Luncheon: Amarillo Botanical Gardens hosts this holiday tradition, featuring fashions from Janey’s and Marcella’s Furs & Leathers, speaker Freda Powell and music from Patrick Swindell & Esquire Jazz. (11:30 a.m. Dec. 6; 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. Dec. 6; 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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