December

ALBANY: Through Feb. 2 “René Trevino: A New Codex” Contemporary Mexican-American artist René Treviño will create an installation comprised of his own work alongside his personal selections from the Old Jail Art Center’s pre-Columbian collection. Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St. 325-762-2269; theojac.org

ALBANY: Through Feb. 2 “Texas Moderns: Sam Gummelt” The artist’s reputation as one of Texas’ leading abstract artists began in the 1970s coinciding with the post- modern trend. Since that time, Gummelt has continued to stay the course and commit himself to modernist investigations. Boarded storefronts, doorways, windows, and other geometric structures are the inspiration for many of his multimedia creations. Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St. 325- 762-2269; theojac.org

ANSON: Dec. 8 Miss Merry Christmas Pageant A time-honored celebration of the lovely young people in the Anson com- munity, this pageant is held in conjunction with the Parade of Lights. Downtown comes alive with shopping, food trucks, and people celebrating the joy of the sea- son. Downtown Anson. 325-823-3259

BIG SPRING: Dec. 2-25 Comanche Trail Festival of Lights The trail boasts more than a million lights. Visit the gift shop and mark your calendars for Santa’s visits to the festival. Comanche Trail Park, 100 Whipkey Drive. 432-263-8235; visitbigspring.com

BIG SPRING: Dec. 15 “Home for the Holidays” Big Spring Symphony presents a show celebrating native and adopted- native expertise: Tara Trowbridge, soprano Lawrence Thibeault, tenor Gershom Garcia, and the Big Spring High School Choir. Municipal Auditorium, 310 E. Third St. 432-816-5196; bigspringsymphony.com

CANADIAN: Through Dec. 21 “Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings” This exhibit of original works by 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) features 36 framed etchings executed between 1629 and 1654. Highly regarded as one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art, Rembrandt produced 300 prints during his lifetime to depict a body of work in- comparable by none. The Citadelle Art Foundation, 520 Nelson Ave. 806-323- 8899; thecitadelle.org

CLAUDE: Dec. 8-9 “A Christmas Story” The historic Gem Theatre presents its production of the classic holiday play. The Gem Theatre, 120 N. Trice St. 806-226- 2187; charlesgoodnight.org

DALHART: Dec. 8 Christmas Arts and Crafts Bazaar Shop from exhibitors from the five-state area at this free-admission event, complete with door prizes, arts and crafts, and delicious food. Rita Blanca Coliseum, 1219 FM 281.

DALHART: Dec. 9 Tour of Homes
Tour several of Dalhart’s finest homes, and enjoy a bake sale and Christmas tree raffle. Various locations.dalhart.org

DALHART: Dec. 15 Flying J Wranglers in Concert Join this Western instrumental and vocal group for a night of music and laugh- ter. La Rita Theatre, 311 Denrock Ave. 806- 244-5646; larita.org

DENVER CITY: Dec. 6 Christmas Parade This annual lighted parade includes clubs, bands, commercial entries, and colorful floats followed by a visit with Santa in the Santa House. Main Street. 806-592-5424; denvercitychamber.com

HAMLIN: Dec. 1 Big Green Christmas Businesses are open all day for holiday shopping, and vendors fill the downtown sidewalks. A lighted Christmas parade takes place in the evening. Various locations. 325-576-3501; hamlinchamber.com

LEVELLAND: Dec. 8-10 South Plains Showdown This event is a jackpot pig show. Mallet Event Center and Arena, 2320 US 385 South. 806-500-6527; malleteventcenter.com

LEVELLAND: Dec. 13 Fa La La Fun for the Girls More than 300 ladies under one roof can enjoy three hours of food, fun, pampering, entertainment, and shopping. Mallet Event Center and Arena, 2320 US 385 South. 806-894-3157; levelland.com

LEVELLAND: Dec. 14-16 Christmas Cash Classic This event is a jackpot pig show. Mallet Event Center and Arena, 2320 US 385 South. 806-786-5528; facebook.com/christmascashclassic

LUBBOCK: Through Jan. 14 “Work, Fight Give: American Relief Posters of WWII” This traveling exhibition offers a wide- ranging collection of original relief posters and memorabilia that provides a new window on understanding WWII. Silent Wings Museum, 6202 I-27 North. 806-775-3049; silentwingsmuseum.com

LUBBOCK: Dec. 7-Jan. 20 West Texas Watercolor Society Winter Show This exhibition and sale of water media art is supported in part through a grant from the city of Lubbock. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. 806-794-4655; wtws.org

POST: Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 “Bethlehem” This live biblical drama tells about the creation of man and ends with the birth of Jesus. Performances are on Saturdays and Sundays. Ragtown Gospel Theater, 870 Ragtown Road. 877-724-8696; ragtown.com

POST: Dec. 1 Lighted Christmas Parade Main Street comes alive with lighted en- tries. Various locations. 806-495-3461

POST: Dec. 1, 7-9 Old Mill Trade Days Enjoy unique shopping, food, and entertainment. Various locations. 432-934-1479

SAN ANGELO: Through Aug. 18 Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition The fifth biennial juried competition features 12 large outdoor sculptures. Sunken Garden Park, 704 S. David St. 325-653- 3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: Through Jan. 20 “Inside Out” Learn about women’s status and roles through fashion, from foundation to silhouette. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. 325-653-3333; samfa.org

SAN ANGELO: Nov. 30-Dec. 31 Concho Christmas Celebration The 25th annual celebration and Tour of Lights has grown into a 2.5-mile drive along the banks of the Concho River featuring more than 3 million lights. The event consists of a live nativity scene, the community tree lighting ceremony, the Lights of Christmas parade, a bicycle ride with Santa; a walk/run event; the annual Tuba Christmas concert, FM radio broad- cast, and an extraordinary light show. Concho River, Downtown San Angelo, West First Street, and Park Drive. 325-944-4444; con- chochristmascelebration.com

SAN ANGELO: Dec. 7-9 Christmas at Old Fort Concho Celebrate three days full of Christmas cheer including shopping, living history, a special area for children, and on- going entertainment as well as special scheduled shows, all on the historic fort grounds. Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St. 325-657- 4444; fortconcho.com

SAN ANGELO: Dec. 14-16 “The Nutcracker” This performance brings great Christmas tradition in its second year of production. Murphey Performance Hall, 72 W. College Ave. 325-284-3825; sanangelopac.org

SNYDER: Dec. 1 Lighted Christmas Parade See the detailed floats in this holiday parade, plus beautiful lights and Santa flying in from a helicopter. Downtown Square. 325-573-3558; snyderchamber.org

SWEETWATER: Dec. 1 Applause Music Series: “Christmas Special” The Wayland Baptists Church University choirs and band perform. A cookie and punch reception follows the concert. Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium, 400 Locust St. 325-235-1418; sweetwatertexas.org/municipal-auditorium

SWEETWATER: Dec. 1-2 Christmas Craft Show Kick off the Christmas season and find handcrafted gifts. Nolan County Coliseum, 220 Coliseum Drive. 325-235- 3484; nolancountycoliseum@gmail.com

SWEETWATER: Dec. 1 Santa In Sweet- water Take pictures with Santa and explore the National WASP WWII Museum. 210 Avenger Field Road. waspmuseum.org 325-235-0099

SWEETWATER: Dec. 3 Parade of Lights This annual family-friendly parade features creative, lighted floats with Christmas themes and holiday music. Various locations. 325-235-5488; sweetwatertexas.org

VEGA: Dec. 3 Christmas on the Square The sights and sounds of the season kick off with this holiday celebration featuring music, food, and fun. Stroll around to local businesses offering Christmas treats. Santa Claus makes a stop at City Hall for photos and to hear wishes from all the children. Oldham County Courthouse Square. 806-267-2828; oldhamcofc.org

WICHITA FALLS: Nov. 16-Dec. 14 Santa’s Mailbox Children can mail their letters to Santa in the colorful mailbox located next to the flagpole at the MSU Fantasy of Lights. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your letter to Santa and he will send a return letter from the North Pole. Midwestern State University Fantasy of Lights, 3400 Taft Blvd. 940-397-4972; wichitafallstx.gov

WICHITA FALLS: Nov. 19-Dec. 29 MSU- Burns Fantasy of Lights One of the largest holiday displays of its kind, the show’s purpose is to provide a festive holiday atmosphere on campus, to serve as an outreach to the community, and to be a focal point for holiday activities in North Texas. The event is filled with individual displays that showcase characters from well-known children’s stories, fairy tales, and holiday themes. Midwestern State University, 3410 Taft Blvd. 940- 397-4972; fol.mwsu.edu

WICHITA FALLS: Nov. 22-Dec. 25 The Polar Express Climb aboard and sing along to Christmas favorites while enjoying the beautiful lights. Midwestern State University, 3410 Taft Blvd. 940-781-0877; polarexpresswf.com

WICHITA FALLS: Nov. 23-Dec. 15 “White Christmas” Based on the beloved, time- less film, this heartwarming musical adaptation is about veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who have a successful song- and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. Will they find love this Christmas? Backdoor Theatre, 501 Indiana Ave. 940-322-5000; backdoortheatre.org

WICHITA FALLS: Nov. 23-Dec. 24 Carriage Rides Take a tour of the Christmas light displays through a beautiful country club neighborhood while riding in a carriage with a warm blanket and a drink in hand. Midwestern State University parking lot, 3410 Taft Blvd. 940-636-4404; ptlcarriages.com

WICHITA FALLS: Nov. 28-Dec. 7 Santa House Santa and company invite guests for a visit to their Texas home for the holidays. Santa’s elves guide visitors of all ages through a magical Christmas wonderland, including the original play “The Magical Rocking Horse, Part III,” a visit with Santa, a stop in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen for a cookie, and a stop in Santa’s workshop to make an ornament. Kell House Museum, 900 Bluff St. 940-723-2712; wichita-heritage.org

WICHITA FALLS: Nov. 30-Dec. 22 ElectriCritters With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 150 lighted displays glitter and sparkle. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Butterfly Queen make an appearance each night. After exploring the lighted grounds, stop by the Candy Cane Cafe and enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider, hot cookies, and popcorn, and shop for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. River Bend Nature Center, 2200 Third St. 940- 767-0843; riverbendnaturecenter.org

WICHITA FALLS: Dec. 1 Christmas in the Park Ring in the Christmas season at this event, which features Santa’s Great Candy Cane Scramble, where more than 10,000 candy canes—including prize candy canes—are scattered over a designated area. Visits with Santa, train rides, and free carnival games also offer fun for all. Scotland Park Elementary School Gym, 1415 N. Fifth St. 940-761-7490; wichitafallstx.gov

WICHITA FALLS: Dec. 1 Fantasy of Lights 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run Dash through streets and buildings adorned with thou- sands of twinkling lights during this festive 5K and 1-mile fun run. Midwestern State University, 3400 Taft Blvd. 940-397-4972; fol.mwsu.edu/5k-run.php

WICHITA FALLS: Dec. 1 The Nutcracker The Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre’s 56th annual production features live music performed by the Wichita Falls Community Orchestra. Memorial Auditorium, 1300 Seventh St. 940-500-0175; wichitafalls.boxofficesales.com

WICHITA FALLS: Dec. 6-13 City Lights Trolley Tour Ride the trolley and visit with Santa. The trip begins with hot chocolate and cookies with Santa and ends at the same location after a trolley tour through the Fantasy of Lights and Country Club. Wichita Fallas Recreation Center, 10th Street and Indiana Avenue, Room 202. 940-761-7490; wichitafallstx.gov

WYLIE: Dec. 1 Wylie Arts Festival
Shop for fine art and unique, handmade crafts from more than 140 vendors while enjoying the sounds of the season and festive foods. First Baptist Church Wylie Event Center, 200 N. Ballard Ave. 972-516-6016; wylietexas.gov

 

November

ALBANY: Sept. 15-Feb. 2, 2019 “René Treviño: A New Codex” Contemporary Mexican-American artist René Treviño will create an installation comprised of his own work alongside his personal selections from the Old Jail Art Center’s Pre-Columbian col- lection. Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St. theojac.org 325-762-2269

ALBANY: Sept. 15-Feb. 2, 2019 “Texas Moderns: Sam Gummelt” A fall exhibition highlighting Sam Gummelt. His reputation as one of Texas’ leading non-objective abstract artists began in the 1970s coinciding with the Postmodern trend. Since that time, Gummelt has continued to stay the course and commit himself to modernist investigations. Boarded storefronts, doorways, windows, and other geometric structures are the inspiration for many of his multimedia creations. Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St. theojac.org 325-762-2269

COLORADO CITY: Nov. 2 Hunter’s Appreciation Dinner Fajita supper, plus raffles for deer feeder, hunting accessories, and guns. Rail- head Building, 150 E. First St. coloradocitychamberofcommerce.com 325-728-3403

COLORADO CITY: Nov. 17-18 Holiday Palooza A collection of arts, crafts, antiques, sports memorabilia, home decor, candles, re- purposed items, and food vendors. Be ready to shop in the 23,000-square-foot Railhead Building and the downtown shops for all your holiday needs. Railhead Building, 150 E. First St. coloradocitychamberofcommerce.com 325-728-3403

DALHART: Nov. 12 Dalhart Elks Hoop Shoot Competition Children ages 8-13 can compete in this free competition. All 1st place winners will advance to district in Borger. Allyn Finch Gym, 801 Oak Ave. elks.org 806-679-8087

DUMAS: Nov. 17 Candy Cane Lane
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Dumas dolls up its courthouse square in Christmas lights and celebrates with food booths, arts and crafts, a Santa house attended by the jolly old man himself, seasonal singing, and wagon rides. Santa Claus officially opens the Christ- mas season by throwing the switch that turns on Christmas lights throughout the city. Moore County Courthouse, 715 S. Dumas Ave. dumaschamber.com 806-935-2123

ELECTRA: Nov. 24 Holiday of Lights Parade A lighted Christmas parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the end of the parade and visit with the boys and girls and hand out bags of fruit and candy. 112 W. Cleveland. electratexas.org 940-495-3577

LUBBOCK: Oct. 5-Nov. 18 Celebracion An annual invitational exhibition of artwork that explores the history and meaning behind the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos. Artists are not limited by choice of media, but are asked to focus on the unified theme of Mexico’s centuries-old ritual of commemorating the death of a loved one. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. buddyhollycenter.org 806-775-3560

LUBBOCK: Nov. 10-11 Take in the Local Color! Artist Studio Tour This event gives audiences the unique opportunity to purchase original art and observe artists in their working environments, many of which are in private homes. All participating artists are from Lubbock County and all of the studios are located in Lubbock. There will be approximately five artists showcased at each studio location. Artists will be displaying original work in the media of painting, drawing, pottery, fiber, jewelry, glass, wood, photography, and sculpture. Various locations. lubbockstudiotour.org 806-744-2787

LUBBOCK: Nov. 11 Veterans Day Event The Silent Wings Museum will commemorate our country’s veterans this Veterans Day. All visitors will be welcomed with free admission to the museum and activities throughout the day. Silent Wings Museum, 6202 N. I-27. silentwingsmuseum.com 806-775-3049

POST: Nov. 10-Dec. 16 “Bethlehem” This live biblical drama tells about the creation of man and ends with the birth of Jesus. Performances are on Saturday and Sundays, except November 24. Ragtown Gospel Theater, 870 Ragtown Road. ragtown.com 877-724-8696

SAN ANGELO: Through Aug. 18, 2019 Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition The fifth biennial juried competition features 12 large outdoor sculptures. Sunken Garden Park, 704 S. David St. samfa.org 325-653-3333

SAN ANGELO: Sept. 20-Jan. 20, 2019 “Inside Out” This exhibit about American women is an exploration of women’s status and roles in western society as reflected in fashion from foundation to silhouette. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. samfa.org 325-653-3333

SAN ANGELO: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Art Thursday Features free art activities for children and their families. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. samfa.org 325-653-3333

SAN ANGELO: Nov. 3 First Saturday at the Chicken Farm A monthly celebration of art, music, and community. There will be artist vendors with great works and gifts, a live music circle hosted by The Chicken Pickers, great food, and clay and painting for the kids to play. Chicken Farm Art Center, 2505 Martin Luther King Drive. chickenfarmartcenter.com

SAN ANGELO: Nov. 10 Family Day for the Dogs! Includes hands-on art activities. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. samfa.org 325-653-3333

SAN ANGELO: Nov. 14 “The Sound of Music” The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences. Murphey Performance Hall, 72 W. College Ave. sanangelopac.org 325-284-3825

SAN ANGELO: Nov. 15 Downtown & Cultural District Stroll The museum is open for free during the event. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. samfa.org 325-653-3333

SAN ANGELO: Nov. 18 Play It Again Concert West Texas Jazz Orchestra performs big band and jazz music. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. samfa.org 325-653-3333

SAN ANGELO: Nov. 23-25 Chicken Farm Art Center Annual Open House This annual three-day event brings artists from around Texas and nationally to San Angelo and is one of the center’s biggest events of the year. In addition to the 15 resident artists, 30-40 artists display their work and wares in outside booths while live music fills the air during this celebration. Admission is free. There’s wonderful food available from the Silo House and Homemade by Helen, and complimentary hot cider and snacks are provided in the StarKeeper Gallery. Chicken Farm Art Center, 2505 Martin Luther King Drive. chickenfarmartcenter.com 325-653-4936

SAN ANGELO: Nov. 30-Dec. 31 Concho Christmas Celebration The 25th annual celebration and “Tour of Lights” has grown into a 2.5-mile drive along the banks of the Concho River and features more than 3 million lights. The event consists of a live nativity scene, the community tree lighting ceremony, the Lights of Christmas parade, a bicycle ride with Santa, a walk/run event, the annual Tuba Christmas concert, FM radio broadcast, and an extraordinary light show. Concho River, Downtown San Angelo, West First Street, and Park Drive. conchochristmascelebration.com 325-944-4444

VERNON: Nov. 1-4 Southwest Cattle Dog Trials Finals The five dog classes (Open, Ranch, Nursery, Intermediate, and Novice) are represented at the SWCDA Finals Trial held at the end of each trial year. Finals Champions are determined by their performance at the Finals Trial. Wilbarger County Events Center, 301 Wilbarger St. southwestcattledogassoc.com 940-256-2323

WICHITA FALLS: Nov. 17 City Lights Parade Admire the beautifully lit historical down- town district while watching the parade and enjoying the music, food and children’s activities. Downtown Wichita Falls, 715 Ohio Ave. downtownwf.com 940-322-4525

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