The 10: The 10 things you can't miss between Dec. 19 and 28 (plus New Year's Eve)
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Comanche Moon will headline the Willgood Christmas Spectacular
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By Chip Chandler — Producer

Here's a quick take on your 10 best entertainment bets in the next 10-plus days.

NOTE: This will be the final installment of The 10 for 2019. Check No. 10 for a bonus list of New Year's Eve activities.


1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The much-anticipated, trilogy-ending extravaganza opens Dec. 20, with (largely sold-out) previews Dec. 19. Other scheduled movie openings include


2. Living Cowboy Nativity

This drive-through attraction tells the traditional Christmas story with a cowboy twist at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 at Palo Duro Cowboy Church, 12200 W. Highway 60.


3. Black Tie Affair

Dallas group The Inspiration Band will perform and attendees will enjoy dancing, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and casino games at this annual event benefitting Northside Toy Drive, which provides presents for children in North Amarillo. The party will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. Admission is an unwrapped toy, but reserved table seating is available.


4. Space Theater Holiday Show

The Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive, will celebrate the season with a special Space Theater show featuring laser lights choreographed to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Show times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 21 and 23, and 3 p.m. Dec. 22. Also at the Discovery Center: Discover for a Dollar from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 20.


5. Happy Holiday Pops

Sing along with favorite Christmas tunes at the Amarillo Symphony's annual holiday concert at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.


6. FC Amarillo Bombers

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The championship-winning soccer team continues its new season with international showcase games against the Savage from Chihuahua, Mexico, at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 and 4 p.m. Dec. 22, then a 4 p.m. Dec. 29 game against the Colorado Inferno at Caviness Sportsplex, 525 S. Kingwood St. in Hereford.


7. Willgood's 10th Annual Christmas Spectacular

Concert promoter and Amarillo native Will Krause's annual holiday show will feature Americana band Comanche Moon, singer-songwriter Eddie Esler, musicians Michael Blackwell and Jake Vernon, DJ Rupert the Duke and more. Festivities will begin at 10 p.m. Dec. 21 at Golden Light Cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave.


8. The Tommy Gallagher Band

The Texas country act will perform at a reunion concert at 10 p.m. Dec. 21 at Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave. Other concerts of note:


9. Holiday Comedy Show & Concert

Comedian C.R. Parsons and Red Dirt singer Kevin Price will give a joint pre-Christmas show at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at Fire Slice Pizzeria, 7306 S.W. 34th Ave. Comedy fans should also look for a Yellow City Comedy show starring Bradley Galli and Katie Bowman at 9 p.m. Dec. 23 at Leftwoods, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave., and Steve Hofstetter at 8 p.m. Dec. 28 at Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave.


10. New Year's Eve

Ring in 2020 at any number of parties around the area, including:


Chip Chandler is a producer for Panhandle PBS and a member of GALECA. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.