Play Here's Activity Roundup for Dec. 14 to 21, with holiday activities, 'Rudolph,' 'Plaid Tidings,' more

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Amarillo Little Theatre's "Forever Plaid" continues through Sunday.
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

With RudolphPlaid Tidings, holiday concerts and more, Christmas is bursting out all over! Here's your guide to activities and events through Dec. 21!

 

Thursday

Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Ball is Thursday at the Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian.

2017 Presents for Pets: Drop off a donation at La Chateau Pet Resort for a local rescue pet in need through Dec. 23. (8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; continues through Dec. 23, La Chateau Pet Resort, 8150 S.W. 77th Ave. 806-331-1100)

Holiday Skits: Youth staff from Amarillo Public Library will stage live adaptations of David Milgrim's Santa Duck and Maureen Fergus' The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold(9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-378-3089)

Harrington House holiday tours: The historic home's holiday tours will feature decorations designed by Helen Cole in the 1950s, a festive holiday dinner setting and designer gowns. Tours are conducted on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Dec. 19, Harrington House, 1600 S. Polk. Free; reservations required. 806-374-5490)

Dinosaur Club: Kids ages 6 to 10 can enjoy dinosaur stories and crafts. (4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Amarillo Public Library North Branch, 1500 N.E. 24th Ave. Free. 806-381-7931)

Artistic Escapes: Learn to paint a winter pathway at this event at Burn Studio. Adults-only, with BYOB and snacks. (6 p.m. Thursday, Burn Studio, 4111 Business Park Drive. $30. 806-535-4419)

Christmas in the Gardens: The glowing gardens return to Amarillo Botanical Gardens on Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 23. (6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Free; donations accepted. 806-352-6513)

Trolley Express: Take an hour-long Christmas Light Tours of the Colonies and Candy Cane Lane. Reservations are required. (6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Thursday; continues nightly through Dec. 23. Parties & Events, 3301 Olsen Blvd. Cost $15; free for ages 10 and younger. 806-359-0517)

Waterfield Christmas Walk: The Citadelle Gardens Christmas-lights exhibition celebrates the season nightly through Jan. 2. (6 to 9 p.m. Thursday; continues through Jan. 2. Citadelle Gardens, 520 Nelson St. in Canadian. Free. 806-323-8899)

Zoo Lights: The Amarillo Zoo's annual holiday celebration expands in a major way with lights nightly through Dec. 23 and events every Friday and Saturday. Weekend special activities include costumed animal Santa characters, kids games and activities, readings of Twas the Night Before Christmas and Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus and more. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children ages 3 to 12. 806-381-7911)

Bishop Hills lights: The annual holiday display is on view nightly through Dec. 25. (6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday; continues through Dec. 25. Northwest of Amarillo on Tascosa Road. Free; donations of cash and used eyeglasses will be accepted for Amarillo Downtown Lions Club. 806-418-4192)

Joy Wreath: Create this seasonal decor at 27:40 Art and Apparel (formerly Spirited Expressions), and bring your own food and beverages, including adult beverages. (6 p.m. Thursday, 27:40 Art and Apparel, 2600 Paramount Blvd., Suite G1. $30. 806-382-3404)

Nights of Lights at Enchanted Acres: The decked-out horse farm, which boasts more than 300,000 Christmas lights, will open for its second season. (6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday; continues Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 6505 S. Osage St. Admission $10 per car or $20 per passenger van or limo with more than 10 passengers; season passes available. www.drivethelights.com)

Winter Berry Tree Paint 'n Sip: Paint your own snowy scene at Kudos Art Studio(6:30 p.m. Thursday, Kudos Art Studio, 7406 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 28. $25. 806-654-6173)

Cowboy Christmas Ball: Western singer Michael Martin Murphey will bring his annual holiday ball back to Amarillo in a benefit for Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian. The event opens with a dinner with Murphey and his Rio Grande Band at 5:45 p.m., followed by the ball at 7 p.m. Check out my interview with Murphey(7 p.m. Thursday; dinner at 5:45 p.m. Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian, 9151 E. Interstate 40. Tickets $45 or $35 for general admission for ball, $25 for dinner; reservations required. 806-335-3715)

Glo: The annual Victory Church holiday program features pop, rock and hip hop, a light show and more. (7 p.m. Thursday; continues through Sunday. Victory Church, 6300 Arden Road. Free. 806-359-9463) 

Plaid Tidings: This Christmas-themed sequel to the musical revue Forever Plaid, which Amarillo Little Theatre staged in 2002, features a clean-cut quartet of prematurely deceased crooners getting one last chance to put on a show — this time, featuring holiday favorites. Check out my preview(7:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

 

Friday

Palo Duro Cowboy Church's Living Cowboy Nativity drive-through attraction returns Friday and Saturday.

Winter Show and Poetry Reading: Enjoy photography and poetry at this show at IC Gallery(4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, IC Gallery, 1501 S. Washington St. Free. 806-373-5380)

Christmas in the Gardens: The glowing gardens return to Amarillo Botanical Gardens on Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 23. (6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Free; donations accepted. 806-352-6513)

Sabotage at the Christmas Shindig Mystery Dinner: Attempt to solve a conundrum at this holiday-themed Amarillo Escape and Mystery dinner party. (6 p.m. Friday, Wolflin House, 11925 S. Western St. $40; must book four days in advance. 806-414-2382)

Star Wars Refresher Night: Catch up before seeing The Last Jedi by watching Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens at Long Wooden Spoon BrewingJ&L Good Grubs food truck will be on hand, too. (6 p.m. Friday, Long Wooden Spoon Brewing, 4098 Business Park Drive. No cover. 806-553-0397)

Town Square Village light show: The southwest Amarillo subdivision offers light shows every hour between 6 and 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. (6 p.m. Friday; continues through Dec. 31. Town Square Village, 9200 Town Square Blvd. Free. 806-803-8178)

Trolley Express: Take an hour-long Christmas Light Tours of the Colonies and Candy Cane Lane. Reservations are required. (6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Friday; continues nightly through Dec. 23. Parties & Events, 3301 Olsen Blvd. Cost $15; free for ages 10 and younger. 806-359-0517)

Waterfield Christmas Walk: The Citadelle Gardens Christmas-lights exhibition celebrates the season nightly through Jan. 2. (6 to 9 p.m. Friday; continues through Jan. 2. Citadelle Gardens, 520 Nelson St. in Canadian. Free. 806-323-8899)

Zoo Lights: The Amarillo Zoo's annual holiday celebration expands in a major way with lights nightly through Dec. 23 and events every Friday and Saturday. Weekend special activities include costumed animal Santa characters, kids games and activities, readings of Twas the Night Before Christmas and Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus and more. (6 to 8 p.m. Friday; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children ages 3 to 12. 806-381-7911)

Bishop Hills lights: The annual holiday display is on view nightly through Dec. 25. (6:30 p.m. to midnight Friday; continues through Dec. 25. Northwest of Amarillo on Tascosa Road. Free; donations of cash and used eyeglasses will be accepted for Amarillo Downtown Lions Club. 806-418-4192)

Jesus Is the Reason Paint 'n Sip: Paint your own religious-themed scene at Kudos Art Studio(6:30 p.m. Friday, Kudos Art Studio, 7406 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 28. $25. 806-654-6173)

Nights of Lights at Enchanted Acres: The decked-out horse farm, which boasts more than 300,000 Christmas lights, will open for its second season. (6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday; continues Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 6505 S. Osage St. Admission $10 per car or $20 per passenger van or limo with more than 10 passengers; season passes available. www.drivethelights.com)

Glo: The annual Victory Church holiday program features pop, rock and hip hop, a light show and more. (7 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. Victory Church, 6300 Arden Road. Free. 806-359-9463) 

Living Cowboy Nativity: The Palo Duro Cowboy Church will retell the story of Jesus' birth in a cowboy atmosphere in this drive-through attraction. (7 to 9 p.m. Friday; continues Saturday. Palo Duro Cowboy Church, 12200 W. U.S. Highway 60. Free. 806-655-4700) 

Couples Night Trivia Battle: Test your pop-culture, sports and Amarillo knowledge at City Studios(7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, City Studios, 3701 Plains Blvd., Suite 25. Entry $15 per couple. 806-282-6573)

Plaid Tidings: This Christmas-themed sequel to the musical revue Forever Plaid, which Amarillo Little Theatre staged in 2002, features a clean-cut quartet of prematurely deceased crooners getting one last chance to put on a show — this time, featuring holiday favorites. (8 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

Ugly Christmas Sweater PartyLil T Karaoke is featured at this holiday party, which also includes drink specials, beer pong, a photo booth and more at House Bar(9 p.m. Friday, House Bar, 1219 S.W. 10th Ave. No cover. 806-677-6450)

Under the Tree Skirt: The Bomb City Pretties burlesque troupe will get saucy for the holidays with guests Nox Falls, Jostlynn Plums and more. (10 p.m. Friday, Leftwoods, 2511 S.W. Sixth AVe. $10)

 

Saturday

The Amarillo Symphony's Happy Holiday Pops concerts are Saturday.

Wreaths Across America: Take part in this national commemoration of fallen veterans at Llano Cemetery(11 a.m. Saturday, Llano Cemetery, 2900 S. Hayes St. Free. 806-376-4538)

Christmas Open House: Artists at The Galleries at Sunset Center will display works at this event. (noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. Free. 806-352-2706)

Happy Holiday Pops: The Amarillo Symphony will celebrate the season in its second-annual Christmas concert, featuring Amarillo Master Chorale and guest conductor Steven Jarvi. Last year's concert will be featured in a Panhandle PBS special debuting Dec. 21. Here's my preview of this year's concert. (2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $15 to $54, plus fees. 806-376-8782)

Sip 'n' Shop: Vendors such as The English Rose Boutique, Amarillo Candle Co. and Tule Creek Dairy will offer their wares at a holiday event at Bar Z Winery, which also features wine discounts, music from Mary Lyn Halley and Dean Yates of Insufficient Funds, and food from Cowboy Gelato food truck. (3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Bar Z Winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541. $10. 806-488-2214)

Yak and Yarn: This make-and-take craft program for ages 12 and older will teach how to make a simple gifts. One skein of worsted weight cotton yarn and a size I crochet hook are required. (3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library Southwest Branch, 6801 S.W. 45th Ave. Free. 806-359-2094)

Christmas Vacation Movie Night: The annual holiday movie night at Long Wooden Spoon Brewing will feature National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and food from Coast to Coast food truck. (4:30 p.m. Saturday, Long Wooden Spoon Brewing, 4098 Business Park Drive. No cover. 806-553-0397)

Christmas in the Canyon Balloon Glow: Amarillo's Black Sheep Squadron balloonists will light up for the holidays in the base of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Here's my preview(5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Palo Duro Canyon State Park Mack Dick Group Pavilion. Admission free with a donation of a nonperishable food item after 4 p.m.; regular park entry fees will apply before 4 p.m. 806-488-2506)

Christmas in the Gardens: The glowing gardens return to Amarillo Botanical Gardens on Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 23. (6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Free; donations accepted. 806-352-6513)

Christmas Party: Appetizers, a $10-or-less gift exchange, music by The Allen Biffle Band and more are on tap at Broken Spoke Lounge's holiday get-together. (6 p.m. Saturday, Broken Spoke Lounge, 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover. 806-373-9149)

Mariposa Open House: Artists Jon Revett and Matthew Williams will display works, and musicians Hayden Pedigo and Six Rod Shaman will perform. (6 p.m. Saturday, Mariposa Eco-Village, 1501 N. Soncy Road. Free.)

Sabotage at the Christmas Shindig Mystery Dinner: Attempt to solve a conundrum at this holiday-themed Amarillo Escape and Mystery dinner party. (6 p.m. Saturday, Wolflin House, 11925 S. Western St. $40; must book four days in advance. 806-414-2382)

Town Square Village light show: The southwest Amarillo subdivision offers light shows every hour between 6 and 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. (6 p.m. Saturday; continues through Dec. 31. Town Square Village, 9200 Town Square Blvd. Free. 806-803-8178)

Trolley Express: Take an hour-long Christmas Light Tours of the Colonies and Candy Cane Lane. Reservations are required. (6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday; continues nightly through Dec. 23. Parties & Events, 3301 Olsen Blvd. Cost $15; free for ages 10 and younger. 806-359-0517)

Waterfield Christmas Walk: The Citadelle Gardens Christmas-lights exhibition celebrates the season nightly through Jan. 2. (6 to 9 p.m. Saturday; continues through Jan. 2. Citadelle Gardens, 520 Nelson St. in Canadian. Free. 806-323-8899)

Zoo Lights: The Amarillo Zoo's annual holiday celebration expands in a major way with lights nightly through Dec. 23 and events every Friday and Saturday. Weekend special activities include costumed animal Santa characters, kids games and activities, readings of Twas the Night Before Christmas and Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus and more. (6 to 8 p.m. Saturday; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children ages 3 to 12. 806-381-7911)

Bishop Hills lights: The annual holiday display is on view nightly through Dec. 25. (6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday; continues through Dec. 25. Northwest of Amarillo on Tascosa Road. Free; donations of cash and used eyeglasses will be accepted for Amarillo Downtown Lions Club. 806-418-4192)

Nights of Lights at Enchanted Acres: The decked-out horse farm, which boasts more than 300,000 Christmas lights, will open for its second season. (6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday; continues Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 6505 S. Osage St. Admission $10 per car or $20 per passenger van or limo with more than 10 passengers; season passes available. www.drivethelights.com)

"Owl Be Home": Create this seasonal decor at 27:40 Art and Apparel, and bring your own food and beverages, including adult beverages. (6:30 p.m. Saturday, 27:40 Art and Apparel, 2600 Paramount Blvd., Suite G1. $25. 806-382-3404)

Glo: The annual Victory Church holiday program features pop, rock and hip hop, a light show and more. (7 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. Victory Church, 6300 Arden Road. Free. 806-359-9463) 

Living Cowboy Nativity: The Palo Duro Cowboy Church will retell the story of Jesus' birth in a cowboy atmosphere in this drive-through attraction. (7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Palo Duro Cowboy Church, 12200 W. U.S. Highway 60. Free. 806-655-4700) 

Warming Amarillo: Helping the Homeless Through Music: This concert and benefit for Amarillo Housing First will feature tunes by Matt Martindale, Mark Erickson, Andrew Fox and Jason Hodges & The Panhandle Playboys. (10 p.m. Saturday, Golden Light Cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave. Cover $10. 806-374-9237)

Plaid Tidings: This Christmas-themed sequel to the musical revue Forever Plaid, which Amarillo Little Theatre staged in 2002, features a clean-cut quartet of prematurely deceased crooners getting one last chance to put on a show — this time, featuring holiday favorites. (8 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

Couples Night Snowball War: Pelt your loved one with faux snowballs in this event at City Studios(9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, City Studios, 3701 Plains Blvd., Suite 25. Entry $15 per couple. 806-282-6573)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: The ugliest of the ugly will win prizes at the annual festivities at Bosco's Lounge(9 p.m. Saturday, Bosco's Lounge, 2307 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover. 806-342-4889)

Under the Tree Skirt: The Bomb City Pretties burlesque troupe will get saucy for the holidays with guests Nox Falls, Jostlynn Plums, Lily Starr and more. (10 p.m. Saturday, RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St. $10)

 

Sunday

Amarillo Youth Choirs' Songs of the Season concert is set for Sunday.

Glo: The annual Victory Church holiday program features pop, rock and hip hop, a light show and more. (11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Victory Church, 6300 Arden Road. Free. 806-359-9463) 

The Edge Winter Dance Recital: The dance academy will shake off those winter blues in this exhibition. (2 p.m. Sunday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $5. 806-331-4548)

Kids Workshop: Young artists can learn to paint Olaf through Krista Marie Design at City Studios(2 p.m. Dec. 17, City Studios, 3701 Plains Blvd. Suite 25. $10-$15. 806-282-6573)

Plaid Tidings: This Christmas-themed sequel to the musical revue Forever Plaid, which Amarillo Little Theatre staged in 2002, features a clean-cut quartet of prematurely deceased crooners getting one last chance to put on a show — this time, featuring holiday favorites. (2:30 p.m. Sunday. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

Songs of the Season: The Amarillo Youth Choirs' annual holiday concert also will feature an alumni choir directed by founder Jerry Perales. (3 p.m. Sunday, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $10 adults, $5 children. 806-372-1100)

Christmas Concert: The annual First Baptist Church concert returns for three performances. (4 and 7 p.m. Sunday; continues Monday. First Baptist Church, 1208 S. Tyler St. Free; tickets required and available beginning Dec. 3. 806-373-2891)

Christmas in the Gardens: The glowing gardens return to Amarillo Botanical Gardens on Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 23. (6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; continues through Dec. 23, Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Free; donations accepted. 806-352-6513)

Town Square Village light show: The southwest Amarillo subdivision offers light shows every hour between 6 and 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. (6 p.m. Sunday; continues through Dec. 31. Town Square Village, 9200 Town Square Blvd. Free. 806-803-8178)

Trolley Express: Take an hour-long Christmas Light Tours of the Colonies and Candy Cane Lane. Reservations are required. (6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Sunday; continues nightly through Dec. 23. Parties & Events, 3301 Olsen Blvd. Cost $15; free for ages 10 and younger. 806-359-0517)

Waterfield Christmas Walk: The Citadelle Gardens Christmas-lights exhibition celebrates the season nightly through Jan. 2. (6 to 9 p.m. Sunday; continues through Jan. 2, Citadelle Gardens, 520 Nelson St. in Canadian. Free. 806-323-8899)

Zoo Lights: The Amarillo Zoo's annual holiday celebration expands in a major way with lights nightly through Dec. 23 and events every Friday and Saturday. Weekend special activities include costumed animal Santa characters, kids games and activities, readings of Twas the Night Before Christmas and Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus and more. (6 to 8 p.m. Sunday; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children ages 3 to 12. 806-381-7911)

Bishop Hills lights: The annual holiday display is on view nightly through Dec. 25. (6:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday; continues through Dec. 25. Northwest of Amarillo on Tascosa Road. Free; donations of cash and used eyeglasses will be accepted for Amarillo Downtown Lions Club. 806-418-4192)

Nights of Lights at Enchanted Acres: The decked-out horse farm, which boasts more than 300,000 Christmas lights, will open for its second season. (6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday; continues Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 6505 S. Osage St. Admission $10 per car or $20 per passenger van or limo with more than 10 passengers; season passes available. www.drivethelights.com)

 

Monday

The Flying J Wranglers will return to Amarillo on their Christmas tour with a Monday show at Amarillo Little Theatre.

Trolley Express: Take an hour-long Christmas Light Tours of the Colonies and Candy Cane Lane. Reservations are required. (6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Monday; continues through Dec. 23. Parties & Events, 3301 Olsen Blvd. Cost $15; free for ages 10 and younger. 806-359-0517)

Waterfield Christmas Walk: The Citadelle Gardens Christmas-lights exhibition celebrates the season nightly through Jan. 2. (6 to 9 p.m. Monday; continues through Jan. 2. Citadelle Gardens, 520 Nelson St. in Canadian. Free. 806-323-8899)

Zoo Lights: The Amarillo Zoo's annual holiday celebration expands in a major way with lights nightly through Dec. 23 and events every Friday and Saturday. Weekend special activities include costumed animal Santa characters, kids games and activities, readings of Twas the Night Before Christmas and Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus and more. (6 to 8 p.m. Monday; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children ages 3 to 12. 806-381-7911)

Bishop Hills lights: The annual holiday display is on view nightly through Dec. 25. (6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday; continues through Dec. 25. Northwest of Amarillo on Tascosa Road. Free; donations of cash and used eyeglasses will be accepted for Amarillo Downtown Lions Club. 806-418-4192)

Amarillo Wind Ensemble: The band will give a free Christmas concert at The Church at Quail Creek. (7:30 p.m. Monday, The Church at Quail Creek, 801 Tascosa Road. Free. 806-371-5340)

Flying J Wranglers: The singing Ruidoso, N.M., cowboys will bring their Christmas tour back to Amarillo. (7:30 p.m. Monday, Amarillo Little Theatre, 2019 Civic Circle. Tickets $25; ALT members get a 10 percent discount. 806-355-9991)

 

Tuesday

Harrington House holiday tours will conclude Tuesday.

Harrington House holiday tours: The historic home's holiday tours will feature decorations designed by Helen Cole in the 1950s, a festive holiday dinner setting and designer gowns. This is the final day for this exhibition; tours are conducted on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Harrington House, 1600 S. Polk. Free; reservations required. 806-374-5490)

Fourth Tuesday Book Club: Discuss Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (one week early because of the holidays). (11 a.m. Tuesday, Amarillo Public Library Southwest Branch, 6801 S.W. 45th Ave. Free. 806-359-2094)

Artistic Escapes: Learn to paint a winter sleigh at this event at Burn Studio. Adults-only, with BYOB and snacks. (6 p.m. Tuesday, Burn Studio, 4111 Business Park Drive. $30. 806-535-4419)

Trolley Express: Take an hour-long Christmas Light Tours of the Colonies and Candy Cane Lane. Reservations are required. (6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Tuesday; continues through Dec. 23. Parties & Events, 3301 Olsen Blvd. Cost $15; free for ages 10 and younger. 806-359-0517)

Waterfield Christmas Walk: The Citadelle Gardens Christmas-lights exhibition celebrates the season nightly through Jan. 2. (6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday; continues through Jan. 2. Citadelle Gardens, 520 Nelson St. in Canadian. Free. 806-323-8899)

Zoo Lights: The Amarillo Zoo's annual holiday celebration expands in a major way with lights nightly through Dec. 23 and events every Friday and Saturday. Weekend special activities include costumed animal Santa characters, kids games and activities, readings of Twas the Night Before Christmas and Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus and more. (6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children ages 3 to 12. 806-381-7911)

Bishop Hills lights: The annual holiday display is on view nightly through Dec. 25. (6:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday; continues through Dec. 25. Northwest of Amarillo on Tascosa Road. Free; donations of cash and used eyeglasses will be accepted for Amarillo Downtown Lions Club. 806-418-4192)

Cowboy Santa: Create this seasonal decor at 27:40 Art and Apparel, and bring your own food and beverages, including adult beverages. (6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 27:40 Art and Apparel, 2600 Paramount Blvd., Suite G1. $10. 806-382-3404)

Holly Jolly Snowman: Create a stylized Frosty on an 8 x 10 canvas in this family event at Kudos Art Studio(6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kudos Art Studio, 7406 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 28. $10. 806-654-6173)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical: The popular animated Christmas special comes to life in a stage show. Here's my interview with Rudolph(7 p.m. Tuesday, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $40 to $60, plus fees. 806-378-3096)

 

Wednesday

Trolley Express: Take an hour-long Christmas Light Tours of the Colonies and Candy Cane Lane. Reservations are required. (6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Wednesday; continues through Dec. 23. Parties & Events, 3301 Olsen Blvd. Cost $15; free for ages 10 and younger. 806-359-0517)

Waterfield Christmas Walk: The Citadelle Gardens Christmas-lights exhibition celebrates the season nightly through Jan. 2. (6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday; continues through Jan. 2. Citadelle Gardens, 520 Nelson St. in Canadian. Free. 806-323-8899)

Zoo Lights: The Amarillo Zoo's annual holiday celebration expands in a major way with lights nightly through Dec. 23 and events every Friday and Saturday. Weekend special activities include costumed animal Santa characters, kids games and activities, readings of Twas the Night Before Christmas and Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus and more. (6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children ages 3 to 12. 806-381-7911)

Bishop Hills lights: The annual holiday display is on view nightly through Dec. 25. (6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday; continues through Dec. 25. Northwest of Amarillo on Tascosa Road. Free; donations of cash and used eyeglasses will be accepted for Amarillo Downtown Lions Club. 806-418-4192)

Christmas Cross: Create this seasonal decor at 27:40 Art and Apparel, and bring your own food and beverages, including adult beverages. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 27:40 Art and Apparel, 2600 Paramount Blvd., Suite G1. $25. 806-382-3404)

Winter Birds Paint 'n Sip: Paint your own nature scene at Kudos Art Studio(6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Kudos Art Studio, 7406 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 28. $25. 806-654-6173)

 

Dec. 21

The Herring Holiday Ball is set for Dec. 21.

Downtown Lunchtime Book Club: Join the discussion of C.C. Benison's Twelve Drummers Drumming (one week early because of the holidays). (12:15 p.m. Dec. 21, Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-378-3054)

$20 Open Studio: Options are open for the day at Art Trek Studio(4:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Art Trek Studio, 3701 Plains Blvd., Suite 60. $20. 806-559-7239)

Let It Snow: The Don Harrington Discovery Center's holiday planetarium show returns as the center stays open for extended hours. (5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21; continues through Dec. 23. Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive. $5. 806-355-9547) 

Christmas in the Gardens: The glowing gardens return to Amarillo Botanical Gardens on Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 23. (6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Free; donations accepted. 806-352-6513)

Trolley Express: Take an hour-long Christmas Light Tours of the Colonies and Candy Cane Lane. Reservations are required. (6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Dec. 21; continues nightly through Dec. 23. Parties & Events, 3301 Olsen Blvd. Cost $15; free for ages 10 and younger. 806-359-0517)

Waterfield Christmas Walk: The Citadelle Gardens Christmas-lights exhibition celebrates the season nightly through Jan. 2. (6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21; continues through Jan. 2. Citadelle Gardens, 520 Nelson St. in Canadian. Free. 806-323-8899)

Herring Holiday Ball: A Roaring '20s party with Christmas jazz will fill the historic Herring Hotel in downtown Amarillo. The VIP cocktail hour and dinner will feature a string quartet and the Amarillo Youth Choir. Jazz band The Fwoops and guests will perform for the dance at 8 p.m. (6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. dance Dec. 21. Herring Hotel, 311 S.E. Third Ave. Tickets $50 in advance and $60 at the door for the dance; $150 for VIP tickets. 806-336-3078)

Zoo Lights: The Amarillo Zoo's annual holiday celebration expands in a major way with lights nightly through Dec. 23 and events every Friday and Saturday. Weekend special activities include costumed animal Santa characters, kids games and activities, readings of Twas the Night Before Christmas and Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus and more. (6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21; continues through Dec. 23. Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children ages 3 to 12. 806-381-7911)

Aspen Snow: Create this seasonal decor at 27:40 Art and Apparel, and bring your own food and beverages, including adult beverages. (6:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 27:40 Art and Apparel, 2600 Paramount Blvd., Suite G1. $25. 806-382-3404)

Bishop Hills lights: The annual holiday display is on view nightly through Dec. 25. (6:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 21; continues through Dec. 25. Northwest of Amarillo on Tascosa Road. Free; donations of cash and used eyeglasses will be accepted for Amarillo Downtown Lions Club. 806-418-4192)

Nights of Lights at Enchanted Acres: The decked-out horse farm, which boasts more than 300,000 Christmas lights, will open for its second season. (6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21; continues Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 6505 S. Osage St. Admission $10 per car or $20 per passenger van or limo with more than 10 passengers; season passes available. www.drivethelights.com)

 

Ongoing

  • Amarillo Botanical Gardens: The gardens, 1400 Streit Drive, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays beginning Nov. 1. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children through eighth grade. Call 806-352-6513.
  • Amarillo Escape and Mystery: Attempt to escape a variety of themed locked rooms in 60 minutes at this attraction, 12208 Canyon Drive. It's open daily by reservation; games must be booked two hours in advance. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-414-2382.
  • Amarillo Museum of Art: The museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St., features a trio of Vietnam exhibitions through Dec. 30. It's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050.
  • Amarillo Public Library: Look for daily events for children (and book clubs for adults) throughout the fall at all branches. Call 806-378-3051.
  • Amarillo Railroad Museum: The museum, 3160 I Ave., is open 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Call 806-335-3333.
  • Amarillo Suite Escape: Visitors can attempt to escape from three rooms with rotating themes at this attraction, 715 S. Lamar St. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Cost is $20, plus tax. Call 806-640-3831.
  • Amarillo Zoo: The zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail, is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 children ages 3-12, and free on Monday. Call 806-381-7911.
  • American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum: The facility, 2601 E. Interstate 40, is featuring its Youth Art Show through Jan. 6. It's open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed holidays). Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 veterans, $3 children ages 6 to 18 and free for active-duty military and children 5 and younger. Call 806-376-4811. 
  • Bill’s Backyard Classics: The classic car and truck museum, 5309 S. Washington St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Call 806-373-8194.
  • Cerulean Gallery: The gallery, 814 S. Taylor St., features Take It All In through Dec. 21. It's open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment Saturdays. Call 806-576-0063.
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center: The center, 1200 Streit Drive, is featuring Travel Adventures through Jan. 9. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays in the summer. Admission is $11 adults, $8 children and students (to age 22), military and seniors. Call 806-355-9547.
  • Extreme Laser Tag: Take aim at this indoor attraction, 2503 S.W. 45th Ave. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $13. Call 806-367-8954.
  • The Galleries at Sunset Center: The galleries, 3701 Plains Blvd., are generally open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Call 806-353-5700.
  • Harrington House: The historic home, 1600 S. Polk St., features free holiday tours through Dec. 19 conducted on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 806-374-5490.
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area: The park, located 50 miles northeast of Amarillo near Fritch, is open 24 hours a day. The area also includes Area includes Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Admission is free. Call 806-857-3151.
  • Palo Duro Adventure Park and Zip Line: This attraction, located near the entrance of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays after Labor Day, weather permitting. Call 806-488-2260.
  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park: The canyon, 12 miles east of Canyon on Texas Highway 217, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission $5. Call 806-488-2227.
  • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: The museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon, is featuring The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region and A Picture from Home: Snapshots of the Great War on the Plains through Dec. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through August. Admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children and free for members and children younger than 4. Call 806-651-2244.
  • River Breaks Ranch: This attraction, 7802 Durrett Drive, offers sporting clays, team roping, horse racing and more. Call 806-374-0357.
  • Southern Light Gallery: The art gallery, located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons on Amarillo College's Washington Street campus, is open 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 5:50 p.m. Sundays. Call 806-345-5654. 
  • Texas Air & Space Museum: The museum, 10001 American Drive, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free; donations accepted. Call 806-335-9159.
  • Wildcat Bluff Nature Center: The center, 2301 N. Soncy Road, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and children. Call 806-352-6007.
  • Xcape Room Warehouse: The newest escape room attraction, 714 S.E. 10th Ave., is open from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, 6 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays, 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission $25. Call 806-353-6353.

 

 

Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at Chip.Chandler@actx.edu, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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