The 10: The 10 things you can't miss between Dec. 5 and 14
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Lone Star Ballet's "The Nutcracker" returns Dec. 13.
Photo by Cissy Burch

By Chip Chandler — Producer

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


1. Nibbler

TheatreAC will stage this dark comedy about a mysterious encounter shared by five high school friends from Dec. 5 to 8 in the Amarillo College Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street campus. Also on stage: Amarillo Little Theatre Academy's sold-out stagings of Frozen Jr. from Dec. 6 to 15.


2. Electric Light Parade

Amarillo's official holiday kick-off event will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at 11th Avenue and Polk Street and wind its way downtown to the Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St., featuring a March of the Toys-themed parade, food vendors, music and the lighting of the city Christmas tree. Other holiday lights events will include:


3. Messiah Sing-In

Professional and amateur singers will join together for this second annual Amarillo Opera event at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 S. Harrison St.


4. The First Rainbow Coalition

Amarillo community leaders Floyd Anthony (Amarillo Branch NAACP), Teresa Kenedy (Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee) and Mercy Murguia (Potter County Commissioner Pct. 2) will talk about how they build bridges following an Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of this documentary about community organizing at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Alamo Tree Center, 1502 S. Cleveland St.


5. Michael Martin Murphey

The Western music icon will bring his annual Cowboy Christmas show back to town for a 7 p.m. Dec. 11 show at Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian, 9151 E. Interstate 40. Other holiday celebrations of note:


6. 'Tonkin Around the Christmas Tree

Texas country stars Randall KingBri Bagwell and Jake Worthington will team for this holiday event at 9 p.m. Dec. 11 at Hoots Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road. Other concerts of note:


7. Black Christmas

The cult classic '80s slasher flick gets a girl-power remake in this horror flick opening, appropriately, on Dec. 13. Also in theaters:


8. Amarillo Bulls

The Amarillo squad will face off against the New Mexico Ice Wolves in games at 7:05 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.


9. The Nutcracker

Lone Star Ballet's eternal holiday tradition will return with performances Dec. 13 to 15 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St.


10. Ghosts of Palo Duro's Past

Learn about historical figures like Charles Goodnight, Isabel Robinson, prehistoric women and Civilian Conservation Corps members at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.



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.