Play Here's Activity Roundup for Dec. 7 to 14, including Wall That Heals, 'Nutcracker,' 'Plaid Tidings,' holiday events, more

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The Rat King and the Prince do battle again in LSB's "The Nutcracker"
Photo by Steve Satterwhite

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

The height of the holiday season is upon us, with The NutcrackerPlaid Tidings and endless other Christmas activities, plus the arrival of The Wall That Heals. Check out all of your options here!

 

Thursday

The Wall That Heals will be on view through Sunday at John Stiff Memorial Park.
Courtesy The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals: The Wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will come to town in an event hosted by Panhandle PBS. A mobile education center will be on site, and attendees can pay tribute to those who fell in the conflict 24 hours a day. An opening ceremony begins at 4 p.m. (all day Thursday; continues through 2 p.m. Dec. 10. John Stiff Memorial Park, 45th Avenue and Bell Street. Donations accepted. 806-371-5479)

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. Nov. 27 to Dec. 23, La Chateau Pet Resort, 8150 S.W. 77th Ave. 806-331-1100)

Together We Can Holiday Food & Fund Drive: The annual food drive for High Plains Food Bank — which hopes to raise $200,000 and 125,000 meals — will run through Dec. 9. Donations of food and cash will be accepted. (9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday; continues through Saturday. Market Street, 2530 S. Georgia St. 806-374-8562 or hpfb.org/donate)

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; continues through Dec. 14. 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)

Tree Decoration: Make paper ornaments for the Southwest Branch Library tree following regular story-time classes. (11 a.m. Thursday; continues through Dec. 8. Amarillo Public Library Southwest Branch, 6801 S.W. 45th Ave. Free. 806-359-2094)

Christmas Carols on the Lawn: Amarillo piano man Jason Patrick will perform at this sing-along event in Canadian with hot chocolate, cider and ladies-night shopping specials. (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Second St. in Canadian. Free. 806-323-6234)

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, Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Free; donations accepted. 806-352-6513)

Christmas Painting: This Let's Do Art event at Wolflin House will offer instruction on painting a holiday canvas and wine glass. (6 p.m. Thursday, Wolflin House, 11925 S. Western St. $45. 806-447-0036)

Last-Minute Gifts: Paint wooden cutouts in a fundraiser for Eveline Rivers Christmas Project at Art Trek Studio(6 p.m. Thursday, Art Trek Studio, 3701 Plains Blvd., Suite 60. $40. 806-559-7239)

Sultry Snowman: Paint this chill dude 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. $25. 806-382-3404)

Tascosa Pops: The annual concert and dinner will feature Tascosa High School's orchestra and band, plus Harrington String Quartet violist Vesselin Todorov and flautist Helen Blackburn. (6 p.m. Thursday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $25; deadline was Nov. 29. 806-326-2662)

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. nightly Dec. 1 to 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, 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)

Deck the Halls: Create a stylized holiday painting on an 16 x 20 canvas at Kudos Art Studio(6:30 p.m. Thursday, 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. Dec. 7; 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)

Cookies and Cocktails: Decorate three Christmas-themed sugar cookies with complimentary spiked eggnog and cranberry white wine spritzers at The Ruffled Cup. Adults only, and space is limited. (7 p.m. Thursday, The Ruffled Cup, 3440 S. Bell St., Unit 130. $25. 806-318-3961)

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 Dec. 17. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

 

Friday

Amarillo Little Theatre's "Plaid Tidings" will be staged Thursday through Sunday and Dec. 14 to 17.
Photo by Chip Chandler

The Wall That Heals: The Wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will come to town in an event hosted by Panhandle PBS. A mobile education center will be on site, and attendees can pay tribute to those who fell in the conflict 24 hours a day. (all day Friday; continues through 2 p.m. Dec. 10. John Stiff Memorial Park, 45th Avenue and Bell Street. Donations accepted. 806-371-5479)

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. Nov. 27 to Dec. 23, La Chateau Pet Resort, 8150 S.W. 77th Ave. 806-331-1100)

Together We Can Holiday Food & Fund Drive: The annual food drive for High Plains Food Bank — which hopes to raise $200,000 and 125,000 meals — will run through Dec. 9. Donations of food and cash will be accepted. (9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday; continues through Dec. 9. Market Street, 2530 S. Georgia St. 806-374-8562 or hpfb.org/donate)

Tree Decoration: Make paper ornaments for the Southwest Branch Library tree following regular story-time classes. (10 a.m. Friday. Amarillo Public Library Southwest Branch, 6801 S.W. 45th Ave. Free. 806-359-2094)

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, 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. 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. nightly Dec. 1 to 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, 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)

Merry and Bright: In this date night event, paint a pair of 12 x 12 canvases at Kudos Art Studio(6:30 p.m. Friday, Kudos Art Studio, 7406 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 28. $40. 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)

Northside Toy Drive Black Tie Affair: Dallas jazz band Natural Change will perform and attendees will enjoy dancing, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and casino games at this benefit for Amarillo children. (7 p.m. Friday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission is an unwrapped toy, but reserved table seating is available for eight for $300 or $1,000 for VIP seating, which includes a plated dinner. 806-676-7482)

Reed's Winter Chef Social: The party, which benefits West Texas Chefs' Table's philanthropic endeavors, will include hors d'oeuvres from 10-plus chefs, signature cocktails and craft beverages. A VIP cocktail hour at 6 p.m. will include a VIP-only specialty cocktail and premium hors d'oeuvres and more. (7 p.m. Friday, Reed Beverage, 3701 S.E. 25th Ave. Tickets $50; VIP access is available with a toy donation valued at $20 or more. 316-761-4229‬)

The Nutcracker: The centerpiece production of Lone Star Ballet's season returns for another year. Check out my preview(8 p.m. Friday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $13 to $48, plus fees. 806-378-3096)

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(8 p.m. Friday continues through Dec. 17. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

 

Saturday

Tuba Christmas returns Saturday at Westgate Mall.

The Wall That Heals: The Wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will come to town in an event hosted by Panhandle PBS. A mobile education center will be on site, and attendees can pay tribute to those who fell in the conflict 24 hours a day. (all day Saturdaycontinues through 2 p.m. Dec. 10. John Stiff Memorial Park, 45th Avenue and Bell Street. Donations accepted. 806-371-5479)

Holiday Hoopla: This Christmas bazaar in Borger will feature arts, crafts, photos with Santa and more. (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; continues Dec. 10. Borger Dome, 1113 Bulldog Blvd. Free. 409-277-2830)

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. Nov. 27 to Dec. 23, La Chateau Pet Resort, 8150 S.W. 77th Ave. 806-331-1100)

Texas Gun and Knife Show: The shopping expo returns for the holidays. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; continues Dec. 10. Amarillo Civic Center Complex South Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission $7 adults, free ages 11 and younger. 830-285-0575)

Together We Can Holiday Food & Fund Drive: The annual food drive for High Plains Food Bank — which hopes to raise $200,000 and 125,000 meals — will run through Dec. 9. Donations of food and cash will be accepted. (9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Market Street, 2530 S. Georgia St. 806-374-8562 or hpfb.org/donate)

Bites & Browse Holiday Market: This expo at Namaste Books and Gifts at Unity Church will feature several vendors. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Unity Church, 2224 S. Taylor St. Free. 806-376-9746)

Women's Book Club: Join the discussion of Gilly McMillan's What She Knew(10 a.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library Northwest Branch, 6100 W. Ninth Ave. Free. 806-359-2035)

DIY Bath Bombs: Teens can learn how to make the bath accessories and discuss chemical reactions. (2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-378-3054)

Santa's Cookie Plate: Paint a snack tray for the big man in this family event at Burn Studio(2 p.m. Saturday, Burn Studio, 4111 Business Park Drive. Price TBA. 806-535-4419)

Christmas Party: The Make It Special party entertainment service will host a children's party with appearances by Wonder Woman, Batman, Belle, Moana and Santa, plus storytime and more. (2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Make It Special, 2604 Britain Drive, Suite 1. $25. 806-410-7753)

The Nutcracker: The centerpiece production of Lone Star Ballet's season returns for another year. Check out my preview(3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; continues through Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $13 to $48, plus fees. 806-378-3096)

Tuba Christmas: The annual concert featuring about 100 low-brass performers playing holiday tunes returns to Westgate Mall. An open rehearsal begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Amarillo High School band room, 4225 Danbury St., and lunch will be provided. (3 p.m. Saturday, Westgate Mall, 7701 W. Interstate 40. Entry fee $10; free to watch. 806-358-2137)

Christmas Bazaar: Shop among several vendors, enjoy hot cocoa, take wagon rides (weather permitting) and compete in an ugly sweater contest ($5 entry fee) at 41st annual bazaar at Lake Meredith Aquatic & Wildlife Museum in Fritch. (4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Lake Meredith Aquatic & Wildlife Museum, 104 N. Robey Ave. in Fritch. Free. 806-678-7847)

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. 9, Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive. Free; donations accepted. 806-352-6513)

Christmas Light Parade: Fritch's holiday parade begins at Hoyne Avenue and Broadway Street and continues east along Broadway. (6 p.m. Saturday in Fritch. Free. 806-886-0883)

Open Studio: Options are open for the day at Art Trek Studio(6 p.m. Saturday, Art Trek Studio, 3701 Plains Blvd., Suite 60. $30. 806-559-7239)

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. nightly Dec. 1 to 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, 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)

Amarillo Bulls: Amarillo's hockey team will continue its season with a game against the Shreveport Mudbugs. Bring new or gently used stuffed animals to throw onto the ice after the Bulls' first goal for the annual Teddy Bear Toss, which benefits Toys for Tots(7 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. $13-$23 adults, $9-$23 children. 806-242-1122)

WT chamber choir: The ensemble will give a Christmas concert. (7:30 p.m. Saturday, WT Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall. Free. 806-651-2840)

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(8 p.m. Saturday continues through Dec. 17. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

 

Sunday

Christmas in the Gardens is on view through Dec. 23 at Amarillo Botanical Gardens.

The Wall That Heals: The Wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will come to town in an event hosted by Panhandle PBS. A mobile education center will be on site, and attendees can pay tribute to those who fell in the conflict 24 hours a day. The closing ceremony begins at 1 p.m. (continues through 2 p.m. Sunday. John Stiff Memorial Park, 45th Avenue and Bell Street. Donations accepted. 806-371-5479)

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. Nov. 27 to Dec. 23, La Chateau Pet Resort, 8150 S.W. 77th Ave. 806-331-1100)

Holiday Hoopla: This Christmas bazaar in Borger will feature arts, crafts, photos with Santa and more. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Borger Dome, 1113 Bulldog Blvd. Free. 409-277-2830)

Texas Gun and Knife Show: The shopping expo returns for the holidays. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex South Exhibit Hall, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission $7 adults, free ages 11 and younger. 830-285-0575)

Christmas Painted Plate: Learn to paint a holiday gift through Krista Marie Design at City Studios(2 p.m. Sunday, City Studios, 3701 Plains Blvd. Suite 25. $10-$15. 806-282-6573)

The Nutcracker: The centerpiece production of Lone Star Ballet's season returns for another year. Check out my preview(2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St. Tickets $13 to $48, plus fees. 806-378-3096)

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(2:30 p.m. Sunday; continues through Dec. 17. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

Christmas in the Hood: The Hood Mass Choir — made up of members from 15 Amarillo churches, according to organizer Donnell Hill — will give its 24th annual concert. (5 p.m. Sunday, Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St. Free. 806-674-2027)

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, 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. nightly Dec. 1 to 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, 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)

Christmas Party: Enjoy drink specials at the annual party at Whiskey River(8 p.m. Sunday, Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave. 806-367-6163)

 

Monday

The Amarillo College Community Band will give a free concert Monday at Amarillo Museum of Art.

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. Nov. 27 to 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. Monday; continues through Dec. 14. Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-378-3089)

Waterfield Christmas Walk: The Citadelle Gardens Christmas-lights exhibition celebrates the season nightly through Jan. 2. (6 to 9 p.m. Monday, 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)

Origami Envelopes: Children ages 12 and older can learn how to fold recycled and decorative paper into envelopes for gifts and notes. (7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Amarillo Public Library East Branch, 2232 E. 27th Ave. Free. 806-342-1589)

Community Band Christmas Concert: The Amarillo College Community Band will perform holiday tunes at this concert hosted by Plemons Eakle Neighborhood Association. Ugly sweaters are encouraged, and hot chocolate and cider from Evocation Coffee Co. will be served. (7:30 p.m. Monday, Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren St. Free. 806-371-5340)

 

Tuesday

The Harrington House holiday tours continue Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 19.

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. Nov. 27 to 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. Tuesday; continues through Dec. 14. 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. Tuesday; continues through Dec. 19, Harrington House, 1600 S. Polk. Free; reservations required. 806-374-5490)

Artistic Escapes: Learn to paint a winter cardinal 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. nightly Dec. 1 to 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, 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)

FireSongs: This concert series featuring original music will continue with longtime Amarillo musician Johnny Reverb Holston and friends. (7 p.m. Tuesday, Fire Slice Pizzeria, 7306 S.W. 34th Ave., Suite 10. 806-331-2232)

Winter Bubble Tree: Paint this fanciful setting at 27:40 Art and Apparel (formerly Spirited Expressions), and bring your own food and beverages, including adult beverages. (6 p.m. Tuesday, 27:40 Art and Apparel, 2600 Paramount Blvd., Suite G1. $10. 806-382-3404)

Winter Fairy Tale: Enjoy crafts and fairy tales that celebrate winter. (7 p.m. Tuesday, Amarillo Public Library North Branch, 1500 N.E. 24th Ave. Free. 806-381-7931)

 

Wednesday

Zoo Lights continues through Dec. 23 at Amarillo Zoo.

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. Nov. 27 to 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. Wednesday; continues through Dec. 14. Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave. Free. 806-378-3089)

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. nightly Dec. 1 to 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, 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)

Topsy Tree: Paint 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. Wednesday, 27:40 Art and Apparel, 2600 Paramount Blvd., Suite G1. $20. 806-382-3404)

 

Dec. 14

"Glo" returns Dec. 14 to Victory Church.

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. Nov. 27 to 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. Dec. 14. 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. Dec. 14; 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. Dec. 14, 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. Dec. 14, 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. Dec. 14, 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. nightly Dec. 1 to 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. 14, 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. Dec. 14; 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. Dec. 14; 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. Dec. 12, 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. Dec. 14; 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. Dec. 14, 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. Dec. 14; 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. Dec. 14; continues through Dec. 17. 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. Dec. 14; continues through Dec. 17. Amarillo Little Theatre Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991)

 

 

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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