December 4, 2014


December 4….Lubbock Fun Club Singles "SOS" Monthly Dinner - Come and enjoy friends and food at Cattle Baron’s Restaurant. As always, let us know you are joining us, so they can have appropriate wait staff and seating! Please RSVP by email to: or Robbie, 790-7578 or Jan at 778-0419. Come have a great time and share a meal together! Tell a friend or bring a friend...but whatever you do, come join the fun with our group! Cattle Baron’s Restaurant, 82nd & Quaker; 6:30 p.m.


December 4 - 7….6th Annual Lubbock Community Nativity Exhibit - Take a moment to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas and a South Plains family tradition. Join us for a series of art exhibits, musical performances, and special presentations celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Lubbock Nativity is free and open to the public, and people of all faiths are invited to attend. Entitled “O Holy Night” in reference to that sacred evening two thousand years ago, the Lubbock Nativity is an opportunity for our community to gather in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. There are more than 800 nativity displays. This year’s Nativity also features a series of concerts and special performances, an exhibit of local artists’ work, a live nativity presentation, and plenty of activities for children. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7014 Frankford Ave; visit for schedule of events.

December 5….New Neighbors Christmas Coffee - The New Neighbors Club will host its traditional Christmas Coffee at 10:30 a.m. Members, their guests and other interested individuals are welcome to participate in this joyful Christmas event with festive treats prepared by the Club’s Board members. For more information and location contact Mary Valentini at 799-4450 or email:

December 5….Garden and Arts Open House
- Join staff and friends of the GAC for a holiday Open House full of holiday fun, food, and shopping! GAC artists and instructors will have a variety of artwork perfect for a special holiday gift! The event will include unique arts and craft items and a children’s area with a holiday craft. Admission is free. All items will be $50 or less! Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center, 4215 University Ave; 5 – 9 p.m.

December 5….‘Twas the Night: Betenbough Homes’ Annual Christmas Event
- Join us for our annual Christmas event to celebrate the holidays and your favorite Christmas story. Come and enjoy complimentary Santa photos, carolers, children’s crafts and story time, and refreshments. This free, family-friendly event will benefit the Early Learning Centers of Lubbock. For more information, visit Betenbough New Home Center, 6517 82nd Street; 5 – 8 p.m.

December 5….First Friday Art Trail - See the regular art the exciting monthly additions showcasing art and artists downtown and throughout Lubbock. Catch a trolley or bus at many ofthe locationsor pick up a FFAT map at any of the venues to see the art that can be found throughout the community each month during the event. First Friday Art Trail trolleys run continuously in downtown Lubbock during FFAT hours. Trolleys are free and you will find a "trolleyteer" on each trolley who is a treasure trove of info about FFAT and the arts in Lubbock and will help you navigate with ease. For more info and complete schedule click HERE! The trail runs throughout downtown and the Depot District from 6-9 p.m.

December 5….Buddy Holly Center Exhibit - The Buddy Holly Center will provide an opportunity for patrons to enjoy fine art, entertainment and refreshments at the center for free during the First Friday Art Trail. Displayed in the Fine Arts Gallery is the new exhibition, Recycled, Re-seen featuring the environmentally friendly work of five local artists: George D. Gray, Pat Maines, Larry Prcin, Chad Plunkett and Jonathan Whitfill. This exhibition takes on a new meaning as these artists re-see discarded materials and transform them into new works of art. The Ariel Cyclone that was originally purchased by Buddy Holly on May 13, 1958 at Ray Miller’s Triumph Motorcycle Sales in Dallas, Texas will be displayed in the Foyer Gallery. It has a high compression 650cc headmaster engine. The item was a gift to Waylon Jennings in 1979 by members of The Crickets, Joe B. Mauldin, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis on the occasion of Jennings’ forty-second birthday. For more information call 806.775.35626. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave; 6 - 9:30 p.m.

December 5….Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert - Maestro Cho invites you to the LSO’s festive Holiday performance. This event will feature cherished yuletide favorites performed by the region’s premiere symphony orchestra. The Lubbock Chorale will join the orchestra for this special performance that you won’t want to miss! It will warm your heart and excite your spirit, so bring the entire family for this joyous celebration of the season. Cost: $35, $25. Student pricing: $25, $15. Please call the LSO Box Office to purchase tickets at 806.762.1688. Visit for more information. First United Methodist Church, 1411 Broadway; 7:30 p.m.

December 5….Ladies Night - Woohoo! It's a "Tacky Christmas Sweater" Ladies Night at The Mud Room and we will have a contest for best (worst?) sweater!! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate ! Grab a friend and come enjoy a festive evening of creativity with friends us! Let know you're coming so we will have plenty of snacks! Contact Kris at 806-793-3271. Maybe even decorating an "ugly sweater" cookie? Creativity is intelligence having FUN!! and We put the art in pARTy! The Mud Room, 3302- 82nd Street; 9 p.m. to midnight.

December 5-7 (Repeats December 11-14; 17-23; 26-27)….Polar Express Train Ride - 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 Conductors 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. Ticket prices vary – For more info, please visit or call 877.726.7245. 103 N. Steck Ave., Wolfforth, Texas.

December 5-7
(Repeats December 12-14, 19-21, 22-25)….Santa's Land Drive Thru Christmas Park in Tahoka - Park will open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) (December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21 then it will be open December 22, 23, 24, 25. Park is located at S.11th & Ave O (south west corner of town) in Tahoka. For more information call 806-891-1291.

December 5-7 (Repeats December 12, 13, 14)….Christmas in Terminal B - Lubbock Community Theatre and Mr. Herb Armstrong are proud to present the world premiere of an original Christmas play, “Christmas in Terminal B”, written and directed by Jared Strange, a recent graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at the Texas Tech Department of Theatre and Dance. A huge storm has hit on Christmas Eve, leaving seven people stranded in Terminal B at a major airport. With children missing, tensions running high, and holiday cheer seemingly at an all – time low, this night is shaping up to be the worst Christmas ever…..unless this group can band together to save the day. Expect comedy and drama, laughter and tears – but don’t expect your ordinary Christmas! This original script presents a unique opportunity for preteens and adolescents to experience a Christmas tale geared toward their age group. We believe it can be a springboard for some great family discussion. Rated PG-13. Call (806) 749-2416 for tickets. Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Ave. Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

December 6….Near to My Heart: Holiday Arts and Craft Fair - Please come shop with us and find the perfect Christmas gifts! Vendors include Watkins, Scentsy, Home-made Soaps and Tea, Advocare, Younique, jewelry, clothing, home décor, and so much more. This fair is benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities in the Lubbock area and all donations and Vendor Booth fees (entry fee for the vendors) will go directly to RMHC. For more information contact Tammy @ 806-891-8715 or visit Science Spectrum Exhibit Hall, 2579 S Loop 289; 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 6….Pancake Breakfast and Craft Fair - The gymnastics teams at Rock Solid Gymnastics and Calvary Baptist Church are hosting a pancake breakfast and craft fair to raise money for Africa Mission Trips and the Rock Solid Gymnastics Team. Admission to the craft fair is $2.00 and the groups will take donations for the breakfast. The gymnastics teams will be entertaining the crowd. Calvary Baptist Church, 5301 – 82nd Street; Breakfast from 8 – 11 a.m. and craft fair from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

December 6….Annual Greek Pastry Bake Sale - The St. Anna Philoptochos Society of Lubbock, the ladies' philanthropic organization of St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, will be holding its annual bake sale featuring Baklava and other wonderful treats. St. Andrew Church (81st Street & Homestead (One block West of Frankford off 82nd Street); 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

December 6….Silent Night Village in Post – Come and enjoy this magical village and ride the Gingerbread Express. The train rides will accompany other activities including jewelry making, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets are $13.50. This event will coincide with the Post Trade Days. For more information contact Jackie Cruse at 806-990-9907. Post Texas. Events begin at 10 a.m. and run throughout the day into the evening for the nightime lighted parade. Gingerbread Express hours are 1 – 4 p.m.

December 6….Holiday Wonderland - Join the Science Spectrum for a family event that is sure to become a favorite Holiday tradition.
Enjoy These Activities:
Free photos with Santa Claus (B.Y.O.Camera)
Visit the Science Spectrum’s Holiday Train display, giant Christmas Tree, and other festive decorations.
Enjoy “Cool” Holiday Science Experiments and Demonstrations
Decorate and Eat your own Holiday Cookies.
Make your own Scientific Holiday crafts.
Sip hot Cocoa and Spiced Cider.
Holiday Wonderland is geared for families with children ages 2 to 12. All event activities are FREE, other than film and museum admission. Standard admission ticket rates will apply for the OMNI Theater and the Science Spectrum Museum.

"The Light Before Christmas" film in the OMNI Theater:
Additionally the OMNI Theater will be featuring the holiday classic film, The Light Before Christmas. The film tells the delightful tale of young Katie and her brother Makean, who, after losing their way in a Christmas eve blizzard, are rescued by the Candleman, a wise, gentle man who invites them to his warm and cozy forest cottage and sparks their imagination with the timeless poem, The Night Before Christmas. Sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace, the children are magically transported into the story and actually become the central characters as it unfolds on the giant movie screen, complete with Santa’s visit to their home with his full team of reindeer, all assisted by Hob, Santa’s Chief Elf. Of course, no visit from Santa can end until the stockings hung on the fireplace are filled and gifts abound under the glittering Christmas tree.
Special Holiday Ticket Rate for The Light Before Christmas OMNI Film:
$6.00 Adults
$5.50 Children (ages 3-12)
$5.50 Seniors (60+)

For additional event information visit or call 806-745-2525.
Science Spectrum Museum, 2579 S. Loop 289; 1 to 4 p.m.

December 6….Book Signing at Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe - Author Jackie Melvin will be doing a book signing event with her new children's book "Bartholomew Bear is On the Case!" For more information on this book, please visit for more info about the book. Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe, 3404 – 34th St; 2 – 4 p.m.

December 6….3rd Annual Tech Terrace Afterglow - During one night a year, Tech Terrace is the scene of a time gone by… At The Plaza Center during The Afterglow, there are the sounds of jingle bells as the carriage horse clip-clops by, and of children spontaneously breaking into Christmas carols as they ride by on the Holiday Hayride. The Plaza Center is decked in holiday style, with swags of old-fashioned live evergreen and pinecones. There is a warm glow inside the stores and the shop front windows are decked to the holiday nines. On faces, there are the smiles of children trying to devour a S’More or presenting a handmade ornament to their parents. Friends greet each other, and strangers meet each other, while warming their hands over the fire. And the fires’ toasty smell wafts past The Afterglow, into the entire Tech Terrace neighborhood, drawing everyone in…Everyone is welcome to this free-of-charge street party designed to take place immediately after the Tech Terrace Holiday Home Tour. Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts for kids (reindeer food, holiday temporary tattoos, ornament creation, etc), hot spiced cider, chimenea fireplaces and s’mores, selfies with santa, live music & dancing, The Twist’d Texan Food Truck, wine tasting at Host & Toast and special shopping & dining - in the restaurants and stores of The Plaza Center. Plaza Center, 26th Street and Boston Ave.; 5 – 8 p.m.

December 6….The Quebe Sisters - As you know the Cactus is dedicated to nurturing and mentoring the young talent of West Texas. But, we are also constantly on the lookout for something that our audience would love and appreciate from other parts of the country. These three girls who play fiddle and sing the most beautiful and exciting harmony you can find are skyrocketing to fame! From Western to Western Swing to original creative contemporary sounds they'll knock you out! Go to their website: and listen. We think after doing that, you'll be here for their show! Please contact the box office at 806-762-3233 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating $20. Cactus Theater,1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

December 7….Carol of Lights Run - Enjoy the spirit of the season with an evening run on the campus of Texas Tech University. This family-friendly event will have you amazed at the more than 25,000 colored lights that illuminate many buildings on campus. The longer course (5K) will have runners enjoying a lap through Jones AT&T Stadium. Carolers will entertain the runners along the course. After crossing the finish line, all runners will enjoy hot chocolate that will provide a warm treat on a cold winter’s night. Toys and games will be collected and donated to a children’s charity. Register at Memorial Circle, Texas Tech Campus; 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

December 7….David Gaschen Just in Time for Christmas - For years a common refrain has come from audiences, asking the question of David, "Why don't you make a Christmas CD?"-- THE WAIT IS OVER! On December 7th the long-anticipated Christmas CD will be premiered at the Cactus. David will be performing the songs from this CD and releasing his new album. Come have your heart lifted in the true spirit of the season and be entertained, as the Lubbock native and Broadway Star performs songs you will know and some that have been created to fit David's special voice. He will also be signing his new Cd after the concert! Please contact the box office at 806-762-3233 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating $30, $25. Cactus Theater,1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

This Week's Trivia Question....

For this contest, 1 winner will receive a Family 4-pak to the Science Spectrum and Omni Theater. These special "combo" tickets grant entrance to the main museum as well as admission to a film screening in the Omnimax theater.

To win these tickets, correctly answer the trivia question below and email it to us at using the fun phrase "The State of Christmas" as your subject title.

The Question: Which U.S. state was the first to declare Christmas as an official holiday ???

The deadline for this contest is Friday (tomorrow!) at 10 a.m. and the winner will be contacted shortly thereafter. Please....we ask that you only enter the contest once to be fair to everyone.

Good luck to all!

Looking Ahead in the Calendar....

December 10 - 23….Santa Land
December 11...Annual Ransom Canyon Christmas Home Tour
December 11….14th Annual Caprock Celtic Christmas
December 11...“Foxhole Christmas” at Silent Wings Museum
December 11-14….Ballet Lubbock’s “The Nutcracker”

December 12….New Neighbors Christmas Luncheon
December 12….Asleep at the Wheel: Santa Loves To Boogie
December 12 - 13….36th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch
December 13…10th Annual Miracles Christmas Parade
December 13, 19, 20, 23…Cactus Family Christmas
December 14…Old Time Radio Show: "The Bishop's Wife"
December 16….LSO: Holiday Chamber Concert
December 18–23….Madrigal Dinners
December 19....Cowboy Christmas Concert (Plainview)
December 19-20….Broadway Holiday

Many more UPCOMING FUN THINGS TO DO are listed on our website...lots further out than the weekly postcard. Click here to go to our CALENDAR OF EVENTS for more info on these activites and MORE>

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