December 11, 2008


December 11….24th Annual Ransom Canyon Holiday Tour of Lights – The tour will feature the homes of Bill & Mary Chaney, Jon & Martha Cieszinski, Berwyn & Carolyn Tisdel, Alex & Donna Weaver, and Barbara & Robert Wilkes. Refreshments and music will be provided at the Ransom Canyon Memorial Chapel. Tickets $10 in advance and $15 the night of the event. For more info call 829-2172. Ransom Canyon Memorial Chapel, 31 E. Brookhollow; 6:30 - 9 p.m.

December 11….Asleep At The Wheel - They’re back! The nine-time, Grammy-winning “Kings of Texas Swing” are returning to the Cactus for another toe-tapping, head-bobbing concert. This group has been tearing up the Western Swing music scene for the past 3 decades...and there is no end in sight. An ever-changing institution, under the direction of Ray Benson, they're carrying the torch of the big band Western Swing music into the 21st century. Over the years, they've entertained thousands of people and are admired by everyone from Willie Nelson to Bob Dylan to George Strait. Tickets are $30/$35. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

ecember 11, 13….Decorate Cookies for Santa - Kids of all ages come on down and have some fun decorating cookies to save for the big night—Christmas Eve! The jolly old elf, Santa himself will be here to take pictures with you and oversee the festivities! Email for a coloring page to print, color and bring with you to enter the contest. The grand prize will be a 9 cookie Christmas bouquet—five other runner ups will be awarded a special prize! Reserve your spot by calling 794-6992 for one hour party times available. Cookie parties fill up quickly, so call today. Cost is $10 for two cookies and a picture with Santa.
Times available:
Thursday December 11 at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.
Saturday December 13 at 1 p.m. 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.


December 11-14...."The Nutcracker" - Ballet Lubbock is proud to present The Nutcracker, a ballet that has become a beloved holiday tradition on the South Plains. The students of Ballet Lubbock's School and Company are joined by guest artists from New York City for this outstanding production, and perform with live orchestral accompaniment. Tickets are available through Select-A-Seat starting November 1 (770-2000 local; 800-735-1288 outside of Lubbock ; or visit Don't miss out on this holiday tradition that delights audiences of all ages. Learn more about Ballet Lubbock and The Nutcracker 2008 by visiting; Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane, Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m.and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

December 11-14…."The Christmas Shoes" - A bigger-than-Broadway style musical with a live orchestra performing Christmas favorites of today and classics from the past. The large cast of all ages will have you laughing and crying as they act, sing, and dance on a two-story set filled with special effects. In the middle of this present-day drama, the cast will use live camels, a donkey, sheep, goats, and even a drum line to recreate a live nativity inside Trinity’s Sanctuary. The Christmas Shoes is a free event that will capture your heart and be the highlight of your Christmas Season! Free Admission. Doors open one hour before the performance. For more information visit or call 806.792.3363. Trinity Church, 7002 Canton Ave; Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.


December 12-13….Vintage Winter Wonderland: "A Place like No Other" - Every weekend during the month of December (last night is December 20th) come out to Vintage Township to experience the magic of Christmas. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy. There will be miniature pony carriage rides, beautiful Christmas displays in the park (with a 30' Christmas tree), hot cocoa and fresh baked cookies, sparkling lights everywhere, live entertainment nightly and, of course, Santa Claus. It even snows nightly! If you missed last year's festivities - well, this year's Winter Wonderland is set to be even more spectacular. Call 771-1117 for more information. Vintage Township, 11410 Trafalgar Ave.

December 12-13….30th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch - This holiday event captures the traditional spirit of a pioneer Christmas and offers a glimpse into the past, as visitors experience yuletide celebrations that took place on the open prairie more than 100 years ago. This year's theme is "A Journey In Search of Christmas" provides visitors a chance to walk down luminaria-lighted paths around the historic structures, where Ranch Host volunteers recreate holiday scenes of trimming trees with home-made decorations, playing traditional music and gathering around the campfire on a cold winter's night. Guests can warm up with a cup of hot cider and fresh popcorn as they tour through the historic site and enjoy traditional ranch dances in the 6666 Barn. There is no admission charge but donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Emily Arellano at (806) 742-0498 or via e-mail at . National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth Street; Friday- 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. and Saturday- 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.


December 12-14….Lubbock Community Theatre’s Production of "The Little Princess" - Like the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Shirley Temple film, the play tells the story of a privileged young British girl who, with creative imagination and spirited optimism, faces the hardships which life deals her. Perfect for the Christmas season. Directed by Heather Rushing. Rating: Family fare. For more info call 806-749-2416 or visit lubbockcommunity Firehouse Theater, LHUCA, 511 Ave K. Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

December 12-14….Garza Theatre’s production of "The Gift of the Magi" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" - The Garza Theatre proudly presents O'Henry's Christmas classic "The Gift of the Magi" dramatized by Mark Bedell and directed by Gerald Dolter, and a musical narrative reading of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" narrated by Daniel Hogan and sung by Gerald Dolter. "Who chorus" includes Kristi Heinrich, Karen Dolter, Ian Klotzman and Daniel Hogan. Tickets: adults $12.00; children (12 and under) $8.00;, student rate (with student id) $10.00; seniors (age 60+) $10.00; military discount (with military id) $10.00; group rate (call for information) $10.00. Season tickets are available. For more info, call 806-495-4005. Garza Theatre, 226 E. Main, Post, TX; Dec 12-13 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, matinee at 2:30 p.m.


December 13….Christmas Stocking Art - Get in the holiday spirit. Join the fun and create your own unique Christmas stocking. For kids 10 years and older. Register by phone at 806-767-3796 or in person at Maxey Center. $20 per person. Maxey Center, 4020- 30th St; 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

December 13….Christmas Home Tour - It's a wonderful life and you are invited to experience the Christmas atmosphere by touring some of the resident's beautiful, holiday decorated homes. Tickets are now on sale at $15 per person or $20 per person on the day of the event. Stop by the Information Center to purchase your ticket (a limited number of tickets will be sold to this event). Call 771-1117 for more information. Vintage Township, 11410 Trafalgar Ave; 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

December 13….Miracles Christmas Parade – The theme for this year’s parade is "A Centennial Christmas." The parade starts promptly at 6 p.m. and includes lighted units for that extra special effect. Spectators start gathering early in the evening to get the perfect spot to watch marching bands, fire trucks, beauty queens, horses, dozens of decorated floats, honored guest and much more. There will be a "Toys for Tots" campaign conducted by the U.S. Marines and the Miracles Christmas Parade. Families will be invited to bring toys to the parade. The U.S. Marines will march along the route and collect toys from the attending families. Together, the citizens of Lubbock and surrounding communities will "Fill the Float". Hot chocolate, coffee, and hot apple cider will be sold at various locations along the parade route to benefit Lubbock charitable organizations The parade begins at Toledo and 34th Street and will end at University Avenue and 34th Street.

December 13….Celtic Christmas Concert –
This annual event features Texas Tech music students and guest artists in a festive Irish celebration. Tickets available at Select-A-Seat. Texas Tech University Hemmle Hall, 18th and Boston; 8 p.m.


December 14….O Holy Night: A Live Holiday Celebration Concert - Contemporary Christian artist David Phelps will be performing backed by the First Baptist Church Choir. Tickets are available at First Baptist Church, Mardel, Lifeway and For more info contact: 740-3720 or 1-800-965-9324 or visit City Bank Auditorium, 2720 Drive of Champions; 6 p.m.

December 14….Shane and Shane, Glory in the Highest: A Christmas Concert Tour – Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information call 794-4006. Calvary Baptist Church, 5301 82nd Street; 7 p.m.

December 14….The Flying J Cowboy 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 cowboy 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 special holiday treat, catch the lighthearted antics of the Wranglers this holiday season. Tickets are $25. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


December 15….Girls Night Out Holiday Bash - Ladies....back by popular demand....the Cactus Hotties will once again steal your hearts and leave you feeling warm and toasty; perfect for keeping Jack Frost from nipp’n’ at your nose. Large groups of 10 people or more get a 20% discount towards their tickets. Complimentary wine and cheese will be provided and there will be a raffle for some amazing door prizes. Tickets are $20. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

Last Week's Ticket Winner....

Our winner of last week's Nutcracker contest was Melissa M.

This Week's Ticket Giveaway....

It's quick....but our contest for this go 'round is for (2) pairs of tickets to the Nutcracker performance on December 13th....which is THIS Saturday! It is a 2 p.m. please be SURE you can attend this show before signing up : )

The trivia question is BACK again!

To enter this week's drawing from correct answers received for the trivia question, send us an e-mail with the words "Nutcracker Name" in the subject line. In the body of the email, provide the answer to this trivia question:

Which literary work (book title) provided the inspiration for what we know today as The Nutcracker (ballet)?

The deadline is Friday (tomorrow) at hurry those entries!
To enter this giveaway, please e-mail your contact info (including daytime phone) to us here at

We'll let you know the winner next week. Good luck!

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December 10 – 23
Parents (and Grandparents)...Make Santa Land a Holiday Tradition!

For the 52nd consecutive year, Santa Land will light up the Lubbock night with Christmas trees, children singing, twinkling lights and Santa and Mrs. Claus ready to hear the Christmas dreams of area children. Children from Lubbock and surrounding communities are invited to be a part of these special evenings in Mackenzie Park. For visits with Santa, parents are encouraged to bring their children early in the evening as the line is stopped on busy nights at approximately 9 p.m. or earlier...depending on the crowd. Enjoy live entertainment on most evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 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. Admission is FREE. For further information contact Nancy Neill, Parks and Recreation, 806-775-2685. The entrance to Santa Land is from the East Broadway entrance into Mackenize Park just east of Avenue A and the South Plains Fairgrounds; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly.


December 20…. South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Winter Open House - All are invited to come tour the facility, meet the animal ambassadors and volunteers. Parking is available next door at Indiana Baptist Church. South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 3308 95th Street; 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

December 20….Michael Martin Murphey’s “Cowboy Christmas” - The "singing cowboy poet", is not only the number one, best-selling singer/ songwriter of American cowboy music, he's one of the world's most respected singer/songwriters in the pop and country field. As a recording artist, he has had six gold records and his hit singles include “Wildfire,” “Cowboy Logic,” “Carolina in the Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” and “Long Line of Love.” This innovative concert concept called "Cowboy Christmas™" started in 1987 and has become a trademarked touring show and musical concept for him. The tour now spans 40 cities per holiday season. This show is highly celebrated around the nation and one of the most in-demand shows of the holiday season. Tickets: $35 & $30. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; newly added 4:00 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m. evening show.

December 22-23…. Maxey's Annual Holiday Camp Week 1 - Enjoy vacation with fun filled days of games, activities and a fun field trip. For elementary age children (ages 6-12). Must register in person at Maxey Center. Cost is $30 for 2 days of camp. For more information call 806-767-3796. Maxey Center, 4020 30th St; 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

December 30….Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The TSO is a rock orchestra founded by Paul O'Neill, Robert Kinkel, and Jon Oliva in 1996. The band's musical style is often described in different terms, incorporating progressive rock, symphonic metal, and heavy metal, with influences from classical music. The group is based in New York City, but frequently tours worldwide. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is known for its renditions of traditional Christmas songs. Some of their best known works include such songs as Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 (a rendition of Carol of the Bells and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen originally featured on Savatage's 1995 album, Dead Winter Dead), and Wizards in Winter, both of which are popular selections of radio DJs during the Christmas season. Tickets available at Select-A-Seat. United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana; 7:30 p.m.

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