November 29, 2012


November 29 – December 1….TTU Theatre and Dance: Fall Dance Festival - This event will feature original dance pieces by Texas Tech student choreographers. Tickets are $10 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information. All performances are in the Creative Movement Studio, located at Akron and 8th Street; Performances begin at 8 p.m.

November 29 – December 2….TTU Theatre: “Is He Dead?” - This rediscovered gem by the author of Huckleberry Finn centers on a group of poor artists who stage the death of a friend to drive up the price of his paintings. In order to make this scheme succeed, they hatch some hilarious plots involving cross-dressing, a full scale fake funeral, lovers’ deceptions, and much more. By Mark Twain; adapted by David Ives and directed by Jonathan Marks. Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information. Maedgen Mainstage Theatre (east entrance), located on 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues; Curtain times for Mainstage 2012-2013 plays are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays

November 29 - December 3
(Repeats Dec. 5-10, 12-23, 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 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. Reserve tickets by calling (877) 726- 7245 or by visiting New Location at North Steck Avenue, Wolfforth. Times: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


November 30….Pinecones and Pinterest Craft Fair - Come and shop for Christmas. Handmade goods will be available from local area home school families. West Texas Assemblies of God, 5504 Wayne Ave; 4–7 p.m.

November 30….Betenbough Homes Christmas Open House
- Everyone is invited to this free, family-friendly event that will feature complimentary photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, children's crafts, and refreshments. The evening will conclude with a magical Christmas tree lighting celebration and performance by the Lubbock-Cooper High School Corsairs. For more information, visit Betenbough New Home Center, 6517 – 82nd Street; 5-8 p.m.

November 30….Slaton's Final 5th Friday Art on the Square Celebration for 2012 - The evening's events and activities will include demonstrations and new art exhibits at Multiplicity and DiverCity Art Galleries, refreshments, and lots of special items for Christmas gift giving. The entire downtown square will be open and the town will be dressed up for Christmas. Please come and enjoy a small town Christmas in Slaton at the November 30th Fifth Friday Art Trail. 6-9 p.m.

November 30….Monterey Baptist Church Family Christmas Event Simulcast - Speakers for this event will include Francis Chan, Dr. Jack Graham, Sheila Walsh and Lisa Harper. Musical guests include Kari Jobe and Point of Grace. To purchase tickets, call 806-799-5291 or purchase at Mardel Christian Bookstore. Tickets are $10 per person. Free child care is available at the church during the event for children ages 2nd grade and under - please RSVP if you need child care when you purchase your tickets. For more information on the simulcast visit: Bring your entire family for a hope-filled and joyful celebration! Monterey Baptist Church, 3601 50th Street; 7:00-9:30 p.m.

November 30….Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Presents Messiah - No holiday season would be complete without a festive performance of Handel’s Messiah. Celebrate the holidays in 2012 with family members and friends by attending this cherished season tradition. This is the first time in several years that the LSO will present this beloved classic. The LSO will join forces with The Lubbock Chorale and guest soloists Kathy McNeil-Soprano, Quinn Patrick-Mezzo-Soprano, Eric Rieger-Tenor, and Gerald Dolter-Baritone to perform Handel’s most well-known work. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 7:30 p.m.


November 30 and December 1….Cactus Theater: The Child is Born - Ann Manning’s original music and play were created to tell the good news of the birth of Christ to children. The production features some of the most gifted West Texas youth in singing roles as the animals witnessing the happenings at the manger scene and birth of Jesus. The presentation moved and touched children of all ages. Featured performers are Brooklyn Elbert, Laurel Guzman, Andi Kitten, Winnie Kitten, Gabriella Ghandor, Mackenzie Walker, Addie Bleu Short, Kasey Birchfield, Haley Simpson, Avery Guyear and many more. Reserved seat tickets $20 for Adults and $12.50 for children. To purchase tickets call 806.762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue. Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. plus a Saturday matinee at 4 p.m.

November 30 - December 1 (Repeats Dec. 7-8, 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. Rated PG-13. To purchase tickets call (806) 749-2416. Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Avenue; 8 p.m.

December 1….Christmas Craft Show – Enjoy this show with over 20 booths. There will be lots of unique homemade items, homemade candy, Silly soap, crosses, gourmet dog treats, Scentsy, ornaments, wreaths plus much more. Lunch will be sold by one of the vendors. For more information, call Amy Preston, 806-759-1690. Life Enrichment Center in Tahoka, 1717 Main Street in Tahoka, Texas. Event runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

December 1
(Repeats Dec. 8, 15, 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 pajamas. We will be collecting books for Junior League, Food2Kids project as well! First 20 seats receive Premier Seating with Santa! The Village Shopping Center, 82nd Street & Quaker Ave. On December 1st, Breakfast with Santa 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Santa will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

December 1….Dog Scouts of America – A new dog scout troop is forming in the Lubbock area, so bring your dog for a walk and have some fun. You can meet other people who love dogs and check out Dog Scouts. For more information call 806- 866-0296 or email To learn more you can check out Melonie Park, 3410 74th Street. (Check website listed in text for time and more details)

December 1….Holiday Mash Up – Tired of going to the same places to complete your holiday shopping list? Dreading another trip to the mall to fight the crowds for the same old boring gifts? Try the Holiday Mash Up. It’s a one stop high quality shopping experience for the holidays including custom made jewelry, clothing, baby bows and gifts, candles, luxury body care essentials, home décor and other one of a kind gifts. There will be a photographer to take Christmas pictures, refreshments, massages and beautiful custom gift wrapping while you wait. Science Spectrum, 2579 S. Loop 289. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December 1…Texas Tech Museum Holiday Workshop – Come and enjoy holiday activities including handmade holiday projects for attendees to take home. Materials are free of charge.There will be a puppet show at 2 p.m. in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium. Have the kid’s pictures taken with Santa Claus and enjoy delicious, free cookies and hot chocolate. Free admission and parking. Also December Planetarium shows begin: "Black Holes” and Laser Holiday thru Jan. 4, 2013. Museum of Texas Tech, 3301 4th St; 1 – 4 p.m.

December 1…. 54th Annual Carol of Lights - Texas Tech University will host the 54th annual Carol of Lights celebration “Illuminate” and the celebration will kick off with the traditional carillon concert at 6:30 p.m. performed by Tom Hughes, and the outdoor ceremony will follow at 7 p.m. The Residence Halls Association (RHA) has sponsored the event since its creation in 1956, growing it into the tradition it is today, drawing crowds of more than 20,000 each year. The Texas Tech choirs, trombone groups, Masked Rider and Raider Red will be present, and with the flip of a switch to begin the ceremony, more than 25,000 red, orange and white lights will illuminate the night sky. As Texas Tech and RHA continue their commitment to sustainability, nearly all of this year’s lights will be transitioned to LED bulbs, projected to reduce energy consumption by 87 percent. The event will be held in Memorial Circle, the Science Quad and Engineering Key. Parking will be available in the Commuter North parking lot adjacent to Jones AT&T Stadium. Vehicle traffic on campus streets in the vicinity of Memorial Circle will be restricted at 5:30 p.m. and will remain closed until the conclusion of the event. Immediately following the Carol of Lights, the Texas Tech School of Music will host its annual Carols Concert at Hemmle Recital Hall beginning at 8 p.m. The lights will be lit every night from dusk until midnight from Dec. 2, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013. For more information, fun facts and history, visit The Tech Council on Family Relations will be selling hot chocolate at the corner of Broadway and Akron by the College of Human Sciences starting at 6 p.m. as a fundraiser.

December 1….Sounds of West Texas
-- Classic country, pop nostalgia, gospel and Christmas music...will be performed at this special concert. There will be some Christmas songs sprinkled throughout the show along with the usual format, and featured performers will be Larry Allen,Susan Browning, Steve Burrus, Lesley Carraway, Mike Carraway, Callie Chisum, Country Company Band, Martin Duckett, Ray Espinoza, Tanner Evans, Harvest Trio, Holly Heatwole, Larry Johnson, Jessica Kirk, Donnetta Lippe, Bryan Martin, Donnie Martin, Mariachi Amistad, Tara McMahan, Wade McNutt, Tyler Richardson, Betty Smith, Keith Smith, Dave Taylor, Baxter Vaughan, Erin Wallney, Mark Wallney, Darren Welch, and Terry Westbrook. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for college students with IDs, and $7 for children between ages 4-12. The price is $12 a piece for those who purchase tickets in groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale at the Select-a-Seat outlets at Amigo's Supermarket, Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Market Street, Ralph's Records, Texas Tech Student Union's ticket booth and United Supermarkets. Call 770-2000 or toll free (800) 735 1288 for more information. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 7 p.m.

December 1-2
(Repeats Dec.8-9, 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 Avenue; Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

December 1-2
(repeats Dec. 8-9, 15-16, 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 blow-ups, 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.

ecember 2….Annual Nutcracker Tea - Ballet Lubbock will host the annual Nutcracker Tea with Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy. Join them on a magical journey to the "Land of Sweets"! Enjoy a delectable treat of lunch, a style show, a narrated abbreviated performance of the "Nutcracker" ballet, and other surprises! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Seats are limited! Reserve tickets at Select-A-Seat by calling 806.770.2000 or visiting Lubbock Country Club, 3400 Mesa Rd; 2–4 p.m.

December 2….Search For Baby Jesus - Christmas comes to life for children and their family as they walk through the events leading up to the birth of Christ at this indoor walking tour/dramatization. Christmas crafts for children and refreshments for all make this a fun family event. Bring your neighbors and friends and come experience Search for Baby Jesus. Admission is free. For more information call 797-9704 ext. 214. Indiana Ave Baptist Church, 98th & Indiana; 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. (Last tour at 7:30 p.m.).

Another Double-Shot of Trivia....

First Contest

This week, 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" as your subject title.

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?
Second Contest…..

1 winner
will be chosen for a Family 4-pack to “The Nutcracker.” Winner will have a choice of either the Friday night or Saturday matinee performance.

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at using the fun phrase "Tough Nut to Crack" as your subject title.

Question: Ballet Lubbock was started in what year and by whom?

The deadline for these contests are 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!
Meals On Wheels Special Offer:
Do You Know a Child That Would Like to Hear From Santa Claus?

etters from Santa - Your $10 donation will ensure your loved one (infant to adult; naughty or nice) has an authentic, North Pole postmarked, letter from Santa Claus. Sample letters can be viewed and order forms downloaded at or picked up at our office at 2304-34th St. Deadline is Dec. 7, 2012 for guaranteed delivery by Christmas. All proceeds benefit Lubbock Meals on Wheels.

Looking at Next Week & Beyond...
August 14-15…...Cactus Theater: "Dooley’s Back at Belle’s"
December 4…...Matador Christmas
December 7…...Garden and Arts Center Holiday Open House
December 7…...First Friday Art Trail at the Buddy Holly Center
December 7..….18th Annual Cactus Family Christmas
December 7-8…34th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch
December 8.......Annual Greek Pastry Bake Sale
December 10…..Pride of West Texas Christmas Show
December 13…..Ransom Canyon Christmas Home Tour
December 14-15; 21-23….Moonlight Madrigal Dinner Theatre

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