Drinking/Dining events

Christmas Extravaganza: Stock up on holiday wines at this event at Bar Z Winery, also featuring a food truck and guest appearance by Santa. (2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 16; 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541; 806-488-2214)

Black Tie Affair: The Northside Toy Drive’s hugely popular annual fundraiser returns with dinner, casino games and music from Brassholics. The seated dinner is sold out, but standing-room-only tickets are still available with an unwrapped toy. (6 p.m. Dec. 16; Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St.; 806-680-3602)

Breakfast with Santa: Yolo’s hosts this early-morning meal with Kris Kringle and friends. (7 to 10 a.m. Dec. 17; 316 S.W. Sixth Ave.; adults $8, children $10; 806-626-9813)

Santa Is Coming!: Celebrate the holiday at the soon-to-be renamed Big Jim’s Pizza Co. (formerly La Bella’s on Olsen). (5:30 p.m. Dec. 19; 3801 Olsen Blvd.; 806-352-5050)

Christmas Cookie Decorating with Santa: The big man helps kiddos frost and sprinkle their treats at The Cake Company of Canyon. (Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 23; 1502 Fifth Ave. in Canyon; admission $10; 806-655-8700)

Live music

Note: Holiday schedules may vary. Call ahead or check online.

Dan “The Piano Man” Hanson: The Amarillo musician tickles the ivories every Thursday at Public House. (5:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 22 and 29; 3333 S. Coulter St.; 806-398-7777)

Touching Voodoo: The Amarillo blues-rock band provides tunes weekly on Thursdays at Smokey Joe’s. (6 p.m. Dec. 15, 22 and 29; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Andy Chase: The Amarillo favorite slings songs every Friday at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant. (7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23; 700 S. Taylor St.; 806-220-2258)

Tom Buechi: Savor the Amarillo singer’s musical offerings at Savór. (7 p.m. Dec. 17; 7669 Hillside Road, Suite 600; 806-310-2600)

Rak 45: The Amarillo rockers hit Sixth Street for a show at Smokey Joe’s. (8 p.m. Dec. 17; 2903 S.W. Sixth Ave.; 806-331-6698)

Dale Smith: The Amarillo singer brings tunes to Tokyo Steakhouse every Saturday. (8:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 24; 5807 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-358-8888)

Andy Chase: The beloved Amarillo troubadour brings tunes every Tuesday to 575 Pizzeria. (6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 27; 2803 Civic Circle; 806-322-5575)

Andy Chase: One of Amarillo’s favorite singer-songwriters offers tunes every Wednesday at Public House. (6 p.m. Dec. 21 and 28; 3333 S. Coulter St., Suite A; 806-398-7777)

Tom Buechi: The Amarillo singer offers tunes with your brews at Pondaseta Brewing Co. (7 p.m. Dec. 21; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Justin Miles: The Lubbock-based country singer heads underground for a show in the Paramount Recreation Club, The Barfield’s speakeasy. (7 p.m. Dec. 21; 600 S. Polk St.; no cover; 806-414-2200)

Tom Buechi: The Amarillo singer offers an array of blues and classic rock at Mickey’s Place. (7 p.m. Dec. 23; 1512 Fifth Ave. in Canyon; 806-452-7320)

Miscellaneous entertainment

Holiday Trivia: Test your knowledge of Christmas and all of the other winter celebrations. (7 p.m. Dec. 19; 7500 S.W. 45th Ave.; 806-418-6282)

Christmas Carol-Oke: Warm up your pipes for holiday karaoke nights at House Divided. (6 p.m. Dec. 20, 23 and 24; 7609 Hillside Drive; 806-350-4377)

Trivia Night: Come prepared to win at this weekly contest at Hooters. (8 p.m. Dec. 20 and 27; 8101 W. Interstate 40; 806-353-9199)


  • 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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