December 13, 2012


December 13….28th Annual Ransom Canyon Christmas Tour of Homes - Come and experience a highlight of the Christmas season at the 28th annual Ransom Canyon Christmas Tour of Homes benefitting the Ransom Canyon Memorial Chapel. Come enjoy the wonderful lights and homes and during the tour stop at the beautiful Chapel for refreshments. Tickets may be purchased for $15 the day of the event at the Ransom Canyon Fire Station, located when you come into Ransom Canyon. Ransom Canyon, Texas; 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

December 13….Twelfth Annual Caprock Celtic Christmas -
The Vernacular Music Center, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Caprock Celtic Association, and the Roots Music Institute present the 12th Annual Caprock Celtic Christmas. Singers, players, dancers, storytellers, and more gather to perform traditional repertoires of the session, including traditional Irish, Welsh, Breton, and English dance; Gaelic-, Welsh-, and English-language traditional songs; instrumental dance tunes and slow airs, and much more. The much-loved fear an tí (“man of the house”) Tom McGovern returns as host. Special guests include Scots piper Tom Campbell, piper and bouzouki virtuoso Roger Landes, the "Appalachified" Celtic music of Taos New Mexico's Chipper Thompson, the “Windy Man” Giant, and special Mystery Guests! Lubbock’s trad-Irish band Johnny Faa play tunes and songs from their debut CD Last Night’s Fun; the TTU Early Music Ensemble contributes Baroque & Renaissance songs of the season; Americana Ensemble director Curtis Peoples sings songs of the Southwest; the Tech Irish Set-Dancers provide the Clare Orange & Green set; Caprock Morris the wild capers of the Border Morris, and Steel Tornado the acrobatic English rapper-sword dances, and theTTU Celtic Ensemble presents Scottish fiddle music, English ceilidh dances, Breton an-dros & bourees, and the Welsh mid-Winter hobbyhorse called Mari Lwyd. The Celtic Christmas has quickly become a Lubbock favorite with adults and kids alike and advance purchase is strongly advised. Tickets, which raise funds for the Vernacular Music Center Scholarship at Texas Tech, are available at all Select-A-Seat locations and at; or call 770-2000. General admission $10.50; seniors $4.50. Students (with valid ID) admitted FREE. Allen Theatre, TTU Student Union; 7 p.m.

THURSDAY thru Week After Next

December 13-23 (Repeats Dec. 27-30)....The Polar Express - The Polar Express comes to West Texas to recreate all the sights and sounds of the time-honored story. Picture the excitement of children dressed in pajamas with golden tickets clutched in their hands as they board the train and prepare to embark on their journey to the North Pole. The story begins when the Conductor calls "All aboard" and gleefully punches everyone's ticket. Little faces will peer out the train's windows as we pull out of the station on our way to the North Pole. Guests will hear the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack as the story reading begins and the book's characters come to life. Dancing chefs will serve hot cocoa and cookies to all riders in a merry fashion as the doubting hobo wanders through the train. The train stops where children will behold the magic of the North Pole from their warm train seats. With a jolly "Ho, ho, ho" Santa waves to everyone and climbs aboard where he will greet each child and present them with the iconic silver sleigh bell - listen carefully, only believers can hear its ringing! Christmas carols will be sung as elves dance along as the journey back to the station begins after a memorable ride that sets the tone for the whole holiday season. Join us in this annual event sure to become one of your family's treasured traditions. Reserve tickets by calling (877) 726- 7245 or by visiting New Location: North Steck Avenue, Wolfforth. Times: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

December 14….Kids' "Friday Fiesta at Maxey" - The theme for our party this Friday is "Tis the Season Celebration." Activities include: holiday wreath craft, pizza dinner - (cheese, hamburger, pepperoni and cheese), cupcake treat, minute-to-win-it, reindeer and gingerbread man scavenger hunts, bingo, & holiday memory matching, holiday themed movie. Cost: $10 per child (exact cash or checks made payable to Maxey Center, City of Lubbock). Be sure to call 806-767-3796 to reserve your child's spot. Maxey Community Center, 4020 30th Street; 6 -10 p.m.

December 14, 15
(Repeats Dec. 21-23)….Moonlight Madrigal Dinner Theatre - Moonlight Dinner Theatre, a subsidiary of Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, will present its first annual Madrigal Dinner entitled "Christmas Joy - Past and Present" on two weekends in December. This production, the second of the 2012-1013 Moonlight Dinner Theatre Season, is written and directed by Gerald Dolter. The show will feature many local favorites including Dolter and his wife, Karen as the King and Queen, Jonathan Frugé as the Court Jester, and Dr. John Hollins as the Music Director. Vocal music will include solos, duets, trios, and choral music from the Renaissance to the present. Authentic early instruments will accompany the voices. There will be plays, dances, and much audience participation. The audience will be asked to sing and dance with the characters. There will be non-stop activity-just like a Renaissance Fair. It is the perfect way to begin your Holiday season." A sumptuous, complete meal of roast beef and turkey will be offered in courses. There will be a cash bar available. Tickets for Christmas Joy-Past and Present are priced from $45-100, and are now available at all Select-a-Seat outlets or online at Purchase by phone by calling (806) 770-2000. LHUCA's Christine DeVitt Icehouse, 511 Avenue J. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the festivities beginning at 7 p.m.

December 14-15 (Repeats Dec. 21)….18th Annual Cactus Family Christmas -
Carry on the tradition and join the Cactus Theater as they commence this holiday season with the 18th Annual Cactus Family Christmas Celebration; featuring your favorite stars of the Cactus Theater. Of course, we couldn’t have a Cactus celebration without the phenomenal Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine. Come get into the spirit of the season with an enchanting mixture of music ranging from wonderfully nostalgic Christmas favorites to contemporary Christmas hits. Sensational Christmas decorations provided by Holland Gardens will transform the Cactus Theater into the perfect cozy and at-home atmosphere in which to cuddle up and enjoy the joy of Christmas. As an added bonus, Slaton Bakery, the official bakery of the Cactus Theater, will provide delicious Christmas treats and cookies for all. Reserved tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 806.762.3233. Visit for more information. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

December 14-15….The Santaland Diaries - This first show is a Christmas Tale for grownups! The SantaLand Diaries chronicles the politically incorrect and irreverent commentaries of “Crumpet” the disgruntled Macy’s elf. Join him as he tells tales of his fellow elves, Santa’s true colors and the rowdy children (and adults!) who come to sit on St. Nick’s lap. Note to parents: Rated PG-13. To purchase tickets call (806) 749-2416. Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Avenue; 8 p.m.


December 14-16….Ballet Lubbock Presents “The Nutcracker” - "It just simply isn't Christmas until you've seen The Nutcracker!" Special guest artists are Ana Sophia Scheller & Amar Ramasar, Principal Dancers with the New York City Ballet. Join us for the opening night reception on Friday night after the show for desserts, drinks, and holiday cheer with guest artists (around 9 p.m.). Tickets available through Select-A-Seat area locations or by calling 806.770.2000 or online at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Show times are Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m.

December 14-16….CATS Theatre Presents “Scrooges Christmas” - Make Reservations for Scrooge's Christmas written and directed by Tim McIntire. Prices: $8.00 for adults & $6.00 for children under 12, seniors, and students. To reserve tickets call 806-792-0501. C.A.T.S. Playhouse Theatre, 2257 34th St; House open at 7 p.m. Showtime: 7:30 p.m., Sunday Matinee: house opens at 1:30 p.m.; show 2 p.m.


December 15 (Repeats Dec. 22)….Santa in the Village - The Village Shopping Center will have a special visitor from the North Pole each Saturday in December before Christmas! Childress photography will be capturing this special memory (pictures ready for pick up immediately). This is the perfect holiday gift for family and friends! Breakfast with Santa is December 1st, tickets are $12 for kids and $8 for adults. Ticket includes free continental breakfast and a photo from Childress Photography! Kids will also enjoy the Christmas story told by Santa and kids are welcome to wear their pj's. We will be collecting books for Junior League, Food2Kids project as well! First 20 seats receive Premier Seating with Santa! Visit this link for more: The Village Shopping Center, 82nd Street and Quaker Avenue.

2012 Dates & Times:
December 15th - Santa 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
December 22nd - Santa 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

December 15….Foxhole Christmas - Come to the Silent Wings Museum and find out how Christmas is celebrated during WWII. Parents and grandparents welcome. Pre-registration was required by Saturday, December 8th at 5 p.m...but call to see if you can still get on the list! For ages 12 and up. Cost is $7.00. For more information and to pre-register call 806.775.3047. Silent Wings Museum, 6202 I-27; 4 -6 p.m.


December 15-16….The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Or are you looking for a different way to celebrate the holidays with your children and family? Join LCT's Theatre for Youth at the hilarious and heartwarming The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, where the unruly Herdman family take over the church Christmas pageant and remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. Rated PG. Written by Barbara Robinson, Co-Direction by John A. Packard and Jamie Rogers. To purchase tickets call (806) 749-2416. Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston; Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2 p.m.

December 15-16
(repeats Dec. 22-25)….Santa's Land Drive-Thru Christmas Park - The park includes four acres of land, thousands of lights, 100 plus wooden cut outs, 15 inflatables, tons of Christmas trees, and 3 decorated antique cars. Visitors are able to stay inside their cars or get out and mingle while enjoying a warm fire and some hot chocolate. Opening night is Thanksgiving night and there will be a train during opening weekend to give everyone a ride thru the park. Admission is free, donations will be accepted to help keep the lights on. We would love to invite you to stop by and see the lights and Santa and Mrs. Claus (please bring your camera). If you want to make sure Santa will be present please call (806) 891-1291 or check Tahoka, Texas (30 miles south of Lubbock). Park is located at South 11th and Ave O (use Google map) just off of Hwy 87; Open at 6:30 p.m. Lights out no earlier than 10 p.m. If Santa is present he departs at 9 p.m.

December 16….The Flying J Western Christmas - The Flying J Wranglers from Ruidoso, NM and the Cactus Theater proudly bring you the annual Flying J Wranglers’ Western Christmas. This wonderful group spends summers performing at the Flying J Ranch, and then touring and recording during the rest of the year, selling out the spectacular Spencer Theater in Ruidoso, and bringing their fabulous western Christmas music to the Cactus Theater. The Flying J Wranglers’ holiday show features rich melodious western yodeling, vocals, fiddle and guitars in a program of traditional favorites and new and classic western/cowboy Christmas songs, instrumentals and homespun comedy. For a really special holiday treat, catch the lighthearted antics of the Wranglers this holiday season. Tickets are $25.00 and can be reserved by calling 806.762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

December 18….LSO Chamber Series: Holiday Brass Quintet - This annual yule-tide concert is performed by one of the leading brass quintets in the nation and will feature traditional carols, beloved holiday selections, and a few fun surprises for members of the entire family. Secure your seats early. This concert is certain to be a sell-out! Reception following performance. St John’s United Methodist Church, 1501 University Avenue; 7:30 p.m.
Last Week's Trivia Winners.....

First Contest:
Question: In "The Polar Express" movie, what word does the conductor punch into the ticket of "the young man with all the questions" at the end of the night?
Winners: Rachel B. and Whitney C. both of Lubbock.

Second Contest:
Question: Ballet Lubbock was started in what year and by whom?
Answer: Founded in 1969 by Suzanne Aker.
Winner: Liz G. of Lubbock.

This Week's Trivia Question....

Once more...2 winners will be chosen for 2 Family 4-packs to ride The Polar Express. (Note: These are coach tickets...valid on weekdays only.)

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at using the fun phrase "Ride This Train 3" as your subject title.

Question: "The Polar Express" movie holds the distinction of being the first feature-length Hollywood film released in two different formats. Can you name them?

The deadline for this contest is Sunday at midnight and the winners will be contacted Monday by mid-afternoon. Please....we ask that you only enter the contest once to be fair to everyone out there : )

Please be sure to include your daytime contact info in the body of the email so we may get the tickets to you easily. We'd like to know if you live in Lubbock or in the surrounding area, so please include your hometown. Good luck to everyone!
From Lubbock Fun Club Owners:
Please Show Your Appreciation for this Weekly LFC "Postcard" by Pledging to the Granada Theatre!

As many of you have read in the local papers or seen on television, Lubbock Fun Club owners Darryl and Stephanie Holland have recently taken on another community-based project in recent months: the purchase and restoration of the historic GRANADA THEATRE in Plainview, Texas!


HISTORY: This iconic “movie palace” - built in 1929 – was once the grandest of all movie houses in West Texas. The building has lay dormant these past 15 years...UNTIL NOW.

RECENTLY: Since the purchase of the building in early August, a new roof has been installed. A worldwide, “grass roots” FUNDRAISING initiative has been launched online at (with financial pledges processed by a division of Our deadline for reaching this $100k mark is just after midnight on December 31, 2012....but it can be done with your help! Why “only” raise $100,000 for such a large project? Simple: This “seed money” - proof of area-wide support - is needed to borrow the balance of the funding from our local bank.

HERE’S OUR GENTLE APPEAL TO ALL OF YOU: If receiving the FREE Lubbock Fun Club “Weekly Report” in your inbox each week is something you value and appreciate, would you consider pledging your financial support to this GRANADA THEATRE fundraising effort as a show of support to us? We’ve continued to make the Lubbock Fun Club FREE for everyone and have always tried to be of service to the Lubbock community and cities and towns across the South Plains. Making a FUN, ROAD TRIP just a few miles north to see the amazing restoration and featured attractions at this MULTI-PURPOSE ATTRACTION will be a highlight for many when completed.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please know that all pledges made in this initiative are REWARDS BASED...meaning you will receive any number of incentives – varying by the level you pledge – on the website. Think of it as simply “paying it forward” - buying a movie or concert ticket or perhaps a chair for the remodeled theater, for example, in advance. If successfully funded by December 31, we will then mail your rewards packet to you at the conclusion of the fundraising drive. If we are unsuccessful with the pledge drive, no funds change hands. You see, NO CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS WILL BE CHARGED UNLESS WE REACH THE $100k GOAL BY DECEMBER 31.

WILL YOU SUPPORT the efforts of the Lubbock Fun Club publishers, Darryl and Stephanie, in this unique way?


We appreciate you all for taking the time to look at this project with us and we highly value your show of support. “THANKS!”

Don't Miss This Holiday Treat!
Overton Creates Massive Gingerbread House

December 1-31….Lubbock’s Largest Gingerbread House – This 8 foot tall 6 foot long candy covered house is available for viewing throughout December. So what does it take to build Lubbock's Largest Gingerbread House…. 60 pounds of icing, 72 pounds of brown sugar, 90 pounds of butter, 369 eggs, 5.75 gallons of molasses, 3 cups of cinnamon, 2 cups of cloves, 2 cups of ginger, 225 pounds of flour, 200 pounds of candy. Chef Patrick Tarantino and everyone at the Overton Hotel worked hard to put this masterpiece together and all in an effort to collect donations for the children at Texas Boys Ranch. Donations can also be made anytime at the Overton Hotel's main desk or by purchasing one of the Pecan Grill's specialty desserts or drinks. Come by the Overton and support the Texas Boys Ranch. Overton Hotel, 2322 Mac Davis Lane

"Santa Land" Returns for Families
Annual Event Open Nightly in Mackenzie Park

Nightly Through December 23…Santa Land - Bring your children and grandchildren to Mackenzie Park and enjoy a long-time Lubbock tradition when Santa Land opens to the public on Monday, December 10, 2012, at 6 p.m. Children from Lubbock and surrounding communities are invited to Santa Land’s Opening Ceremony and to help Lubbock City Council members welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus from the North Pole, turn on the lights in this winter village with its 60-foot Christmas tree, and officially open Santa Land. The Cactus Kids will kick off opening night with holiday music beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the opening ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. City of Lubbock and Parks and Recreation have hosted Santa Land for the past 56 years, and admission for all ages is free. More than 30,000 people visit Santa Land each year to see the festive holiday village with its huge lighted Christmas tree, animated displays, bonfires, traditional holiday scenes, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Each evening at 6 p.m. during this 14-night event, a sleigh with tiny reindeer bring Santa and Mrs. Claus to Santa Land to hear the Christmas wishes of area children. Last year, Santa Land was expanded by 5,000 square feet and housed several new scenes including A Peter Pan Christmas, which is a 36-foot pirate ship complete with characters. This year, we’ll be adding several new scenes including The Wizard of Oz, seen at the Pumpkin Trail, and an Avengers/super heroes scene! Enjoy live entertainment most evenings from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Hot chocolate and other refreshments are available for sale at the concession stand. Parents are welcome to bring cameras and video cameras to take photos of their children with Santa at no charge. For those who forget their cameras, keepsake digital photos may be purchased for $5 each. The entrance to Santa Land is from the East Broadway entrance into Mackenzie Park just east of Avenue A and the South Plains Fairgrounds. Santa Land will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly.

Looking at Next Week & Beyond...
August 14-15…...Cactus Theater: "Dooley’s Back at Belle’s"
December 20….Decorate Cookies for Santa
December 22….Christmas Open House at the Wildlife Center
December 22-23….A Cactus Kids Christmas
December 24….Rock City Christmas Eve Service
December 25....."MERRY CHRISTMAS!"

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