Drinking/dining events

Black Tie Affair: The Northside Toy Drive’s gala fundraising dinner returns for an 11th year in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom. Tables are sold out, but a buffet dinner is still available for celebrators. (6 p.m. Dec. 15; 401 S. Buchanan St.; free with new, unwrapped toy; northsidetoydrive@gmail.com)

Sip & Shop: Find last-minute holiday items at Bar Z Winery’s Christmas expo. (1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 16; 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541; 806-488-2214)

Slayyy Gala: Smile Big Texas celebrates the holiday at this fundraiser dinner, featuring live music, raffles, silent auction and more. (6:30 p.m. Dec. 16; Arts in the Sunset Event Center, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.; tickets $65 and above; 806-930-4510)

Brunch with Santa: Public House offers St. Nick one last meal before his big night, and you’re invited to join. (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 23; reservations recommended; 3333 S. Coulter St.; 806-398-7777)

Big Texan Christmas Day Buffet: The 60-plus-year tradition returns at the iconic restaurant, featuring turkey and all the fixings. (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 25; 7701 E. Interstate 40; 806-372-6000)

Live music

Dan “The Piano Man” Hanson: The Amarillo musician tickles the ivories every Thursday at Public House. (5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21; 3333 S. Coulter St.; 806-398-7777)

James Owens: The Amarillo folk singer offers dinner entertainment at Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Dec. 14; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Rick Todd: The Amarillo folk singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Dec. 14; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

James Owens: The Amarillo singer kicks off the weekend at Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Dec. 14; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Yvonne Perea: The Amarillo singer sings for her (and your!) dinner at Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Dec. 15; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Andy Chase: The Amarillo favorite slings songs every Friday at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant. (7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22; 700 S. Taylor St.; 806-220-2258)

Bryan Robertson: The Amarillo country singer fires up a good time at Robinson’s Time Out Bar & Grill. (7 p.m. Dec. 15; 3723 S.W. 58th Ave.; 806-418-7214)

Moon Dog: The Amarillo rock band will howl on the beach at Shark Beach Burgers. (7 p.m. Dec. 15; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Dale Smith: The Amarillo singer cooks up some tunes for a two-night stand at Tokyo Steakhouse. (7:20 p.m. Dec. 15; continues Dec. 16; 5807 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-358-8888)

Boss 420: The Amarillo party band rolls up a hot night at Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Dec. 15; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Colton Amerson: The Amarillo singer offers spicy tunes Fridays at Buffalo Wild Wings. (9 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22; 5416 S. Coulter St.; 806-359-4386)

Mike Fuller: The Amarillo folk singer brings tasty tunes to Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Dec. 16; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Shark Beach Christmas Party: The beachy burger joint throws a holiday shindig with The Tweeks. Bring gently used winter apparel for a donation drive for Guyon Saunders Resource Center. (7 p.m. Dec. 16; 1505 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1151; 806-335-5644)

Dale Smith: The Amarillo singer cooks up some tunes for a two-night stand at Tokyo Steakhouse. (7:20 p.m. Dec. 16; 5807 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-358-8888)

Christopher Erin: The Amarillo country singer offers a twang-filled night at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (8 p.m. Dec. 16; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Touching Voodoo: The Amarillo blues-rock band brings the party to Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Dec. 16; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Ace Rodriguez: The Amarillo rock guitarist offers tunes every Sunday at Smokey Joe’s. (3 p.m. Dec. 17 and 24; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

James Owens: The Amarillo singer fights back against the Monday blahs every other week at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Dec. 18; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Ty Van Valkenburg: The Amarillo singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Dec. 19; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Andy Chase: One of Amarillo’s favorite singer-songwriters offers tunes every Wednesday at Public House. (6 p.m. Dec. 20 and 27; 3333 S. Coulter St., Suite A; 806-398-7777)

The Solano Project: The Amarillo rock band offers midweek fun every Wednesday at Smokey Joe’s. (6 p.m. Dec. 20 and 27; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Tom Buechi: The Amarillo one-man band headlines Pondaseta Brewing Co.’s Wednesday music series. (7 p.m. Dec. 20; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Ty Blackburn: The Amarillo country singer offers tunes with your tacos every Wednesday at Fuzzy’s. (7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 27; 7408 S.W. 34th Ave.; 806-352-8226)

Yvonne Perea: The Amarillo singer offers favorites at Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Dec. 21; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Dale Smith: The Amarillo singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Dec. 21; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Omar Rodriguez: The Amarillo singer kicks off the weekend at Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Dec. 21; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Tennessee Tuckness: The Amarillo songstress offers favorites at Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Dec. 22; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Cameron James Smith: The Amarillo country singer fires up a good time at Robinson’s Time Out Bar & Grill. (7 p.m. Dec. 22; 3723 S.W. 58th Ave.; 806-418-7214)

The Solano Project: The Amarillo party band warms up the night on Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Dec. 22; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

James Owens: The Amarillo musician offers dinner entertainment at Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Dec. 23; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Jack Cryver & Bad Decisions: The Amarillo rock band encourages regrettable choices on Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Dec. 23; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Amy Hart: The Amarillo singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Dec. 26; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Levi Humphreys: Enjoy tunes underground at The Barfield’s speakeasy with the Texas country singer. (7 p.m. Dec. 27; 600 S. Polk St.; 806-414-2200)

Mike Fuller: The Amarillo folk singer offers dinner entertainment at Pescaraz. (6 p.m. Dec. 28; 3415 S. Bell St., Unit K; 806-350-5430)

Rien Nash: The Amarillo singer offers tunes with your slices at Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (7 p.m. Dec. 28; 3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9; 806-352-5050)

Yvonne Perea: The Amarillo folk singer kicks off the weekend at Smokey Joe’s patio. (8 p.m. Dec. 28; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Miscellaneous entertainment

Pondaseta Ugly Sweater Night: The brewing company begs you to bring out your very worst. (7 p.m. Dec. 16; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Christmas Movie Trivia Night: Do you know your “Elf” from your “Scrooged”? Test your knowledge at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (7 p.m. Dec. 18; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

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.