December

DEL RIO: Dec. 1 Wild Game Dinner
 The 29th annual event features a delicious meal and raffle of 125 guns. Del Rio Civic Center, 1915 Veterans Blvd. 830-775-3551; drchamber.com

EL PASO: Nov. 15-Jan. 1 WinterFest The Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas will come to life with lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities, and the coolest thing of all: an outdoor ice-skating rink near the Plaza Theatre. DowntownElPaso.winterfestep.com

FORT DAVIS: Dec. 8 Frontier Christmas Enjoy a Christmas parade, shopping, photos with Santa, live music, and more. Various locations. 432-426-3015; fortdavis.com

MIDLAND: Dec. 10 Christmas Wonder- land Holiday Spectacular This holiday show features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and the highest-kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. Santa and his merry helpers embark on an unforgettable nostalgic journey with favorite holiday tunes like “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” and “Jingle Bells.” Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM 1788. 432-552-4430; wagnernoel.com

MIDLAND: Dec. 29 “A Very Electric Christmas” by Lightwire Theater Since rising to national acclaim after appearing as semi-finalists on “America’s Got Talent” and winning the top honors on TRU TV’s “Fake Off,” Lightwire Theater has gone on to enthrall audiences worldwide with their combination of skill and grace as told through the technological innovations of moving light characters. People of all ages will be captivated by dazzling visuals and a menagerie of characters that magically appear out of the darkness. Combining the arts of puppetry, theater, and dance with the timeless holiday hits, this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship, and hope creates a truly one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM 1788. 432-552-4430; wagnernoel.com

MONAHANS: Dec. 1 Christmas and Chili Market Enjoy breakfast, pictures with Santa, craft vendors, and hot chili. Ward County Event Center, 1525 E. Monahans Parkway. 432-943-2187; monahans.org

MONAHANS: Dec. 3 Lighted Christmas Parade This event begins with lighted floats starting at Monahans High School and ends at Hill Park with Santa. Entertainment and refreshments are available. Hill Park, 500 S. Allen Ave. 432-943-2187; monahans.org

ODESSA: Dec. 1 Holly Jolly Market
 Kick off the Christmas season by shopping local vendors with a variety of gifts. Ector County Coliseum, 4201 Andrews Highway. 432-366-3541; ectorcountycoliseum.org

ODESSA: Dec. 1 Parade of Lights Businesses, nonprofits, organizations, schools, and individuals enter their floats in this holiday parade for the whole com- munity. The top three floats in each category receive cash prizes. Downtown Odessa, 119 W. Fourth St. 432-335-4682; downtownodessatx.com

PECOS: Dec. 1 Christmas Bazaar
 This ninth annual celebration features vendors of all types, from jewelry to home decor. Reeves County Sheriff’s Posse Barn, 1400 S. Cedar St. 432-447-7628; visitpecos.com

PECOS: Dec. 7 Community Christmas Parade This annual event is an evening full of Christmas spirit, hot chocolate, cookies, and lighted floats. Mr. and Mrs. Claus make an appearance. Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 E. Dot Stafford St. 432- 445-2406; infopecos@gmail.com

VAN HORN: Nov. 23-Dec. 10 Trans Pecos Big Buck Tournament An annual desert mule deer tournament. Van Horn Convention Center, 1801 W. Broadway St. 432-283- 2682; vanhorntexas.us

VAN HORN: Dec. 8 Lighted Christmas Parade and Show and Sell Since 1994, festive floats adorned in lights have celebrated the season. This open house offers vendors, food, arts and crafts, and entertainment. Downtown Van Horn, 1801 W. Broadway. 432-283-2682; vanhorntexas.org

 

November

ALPINE: Nov. 9-10 Center for Big Bend Studies Conference This annual event brings historians, archeologists, folklorists, and other researchers studying the past and present of the Big Bend region and northern Mexico. Morgan University Center at Sul Ross State University, East Sul Ross Avenue. cbbs.sulross.edu 432-837-8179

ALPINE: Nov. 16-17 Artwalk Alpine’s biggest arts festival spans two days to showcase art exhibitions in many local businesses against a backdrop of live music. Downtown Alpine, 105 E. Holland Ave. artwalkalpine.com 432-837-3067

EL PASO: Sept. 1-Nov. 4 Celebration of Our Mountains Events hosted during the fall include hikes, walks, and talks. Various locations. celebmtns.org/events

EL PASO: Nov. 2-4 A Christmas Fair This annual shopping gift market has officially kicked off the holiday season in El Paso for the past 43 years. The event, recognized as an El Paso tradition, is staged with more than 220 merchants and an average of 15,000 shoppers. El Paso Convention Center. jlep.org/achristmasfair

EL PASO: Nov. 4 Carol Burnett With a new Netflix special coming out, the award-winning actress, comedian, and best-selling author is set to head out on tour with a stop in El Paso at the Plaza Theatre for “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection.” Plaza Theatre, 1 Pioneer Plaza. 915-231-1100

EL PASO: Nov. 9-11 Franklin Mountain Trail Runs This is a true Texas mountain race in the Franklin Mountains in Far West Texas. Most of the trail is low desert with runnable terrain and some easy technical segments. The climb to the North Franklin Peak is a combination of steep climbing and switchbacks. Franklin Mountains State Park. trailracingovertexas.com

EL PASO: Nov. 10-11 “The Sound of Music” The hills are alive! The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony-, Grammy-, and Academy Award-winning best score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song. Plaza Theatre. 915-231-1100

EL PASO: Nov. 15-Jan. 1, 2019 WinterFest The Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas will come to life with lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities, and the coolest thing of all: an outdoor ice skating rink located near the Plaza Theatre. Downtown El Paso. winterfestep.com

EL PASO: Nov. 17 Flyin Horse Half Mara- thon, 10K, and 5K With three distance options, this event is fun and memorable for runners of all levels. The race begins and ends in Anthony, the “Gateway to Texas,” but crosses into New Mexico to take runners through two states in one race. 100 Richard White. raceelpaso.com

VAN HORN: Nov. 23-Dec. 10 Trans Pecos Big Buck Tournament An annual desert mule deer tournament. Van Horn Convention Center, 1801 W. Broadway St. vanhorntexas.us 432-283-2682

 

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