“West Side Story”: The late Stephen Sondheim first broke out by writing lyrics for this iconic American musical, now about to get a big-screen remake from Steven Spielberg. As of my deadline, no new movies had been announced for this weekend, though comedic horror flick “Silent Night” and thriller “Wolf” are scheduled for wide release. (Wednesday; Cinemark Hollywood 16 and Regal Amarillo Star 14)

“When Oil and Water Mix”: Amarillo artists Nancy Walker and Lauren Sherwood team up for a kaleidoscopic art exhibition at Reserve. (4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 2614 Wolflin Village; 806-367-5567)

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”: Amarillo Little Theatre’s latest Mainstage production is a small-town farce from the authors of the popular “Dixie Swim Club.” (Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 12; 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)

Electric Light Parade: Center City of Amarillo’s holiday tradition returns as a reverse parade — floats will be (somewhat paradoxically) stationary, with audiences driving by them. Enjoy the “Old-Fashioned Christmas”-themed parade beginning at 15th Avenue and Tyler Street, then along Third Avenue. Following the parade, Another Chance House, 209 S. Jackson St., will host food trucks and the High Plains Choral Society. (6 to 8 p.m. Friday; downtown Amarillo; 806-372-6744)

Handel’s “Messiah”: Amarillo Symphony and a choral army bring to life this classical holiday composition. (7:30 p.m. Friday; Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.; tickets $21 to $71; 806-376-8782)

Christmas Open House: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s annual holiday party returns with photos with Santa, seasonal crafts, caroling and more. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon; free with High Plains Food Bank donation; 806-651-2244)

Christmas in Canyon: Holiday happenings continue with live music, photos with Santa a tree-lighting ceremony and Canyon’s Parade of Lights. (4 p.m. Saturday; downtown Canyon; free; 806-655-7815)

“Eurydice”: Composer Matthew Aucoin and playwright Sarah Ruhl team for a well-received new take on the Orpheus myth in the latest “The Met: Live in HD” production. (11:55 a.m. Saturday; Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

Kody West: The Texas country star returns to town for a killer show at Hoots Pub. (9 p.m. Saturday; 2424 Hobbs Road; cover)


  • 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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