December 20, 2012


December 20….Decorate Cookies for Santa - Kids of all ages ...come on down to Cookies by Design and have some fun decorating cookies for the big night—Christmas Eve! The jolly old elf, Santa himself, will stop by to take pictures with you and oversee the festivities! Reserve your spot by calling 794-6992...our cookie parties fill up quickly, so call today! Cost is $10 for two cookies and a picture with Santa! Cookies By Design, 3310-82nd Street; 2 p.m., 3 p.m., or 4 p.m.
THURSDAY thru Next Week

December 20-23 (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 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 21, 22, 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 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 & Quaker Ave. Santa: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

December 22….Christmas Open House at the Wildlife Center - Come and enjoy holiday refreshments, meet the staff, volunteers, and “wildlife ambassadors” and take pictures. There is something for children, adults and everyone. They request a $1.00 donation for everyone over 4 years old or bring an item from their Wish List (See the web site at SPWRC is located at 95th and Indiana Avenues. Southside parking next door at Indiana Baptist Church; 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

ecember 22-23….A Cactus Kids Christmas - This is an annual event that has always been a sell-out! They say the spirit of the holiday season resides within the children and this will never be more evident as you listen to these kids sing your Christmas favorites. These stars of Terri Caldwell Music work all fall to prepare the music for this outstanding concert, as it is their opportunity to perform with the fantastic Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine, just like the Stars of the Cactus. Don’t miss this jaw-dropping show, which features Cactus Kids from four to seventeen as they all perform your favorite inspiring Christmas songs of the holiday season! Tickets $25 for adults and $10 for children. For tickets call 762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly; 7:30 p.m.

December 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 24….Rock City Christmas Eve Service - Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Cactus Theater on December 24th. Rock City will be presenting their 2nd Annual Christmas Eve Service hosted by pastor Jeff McCreight. Join the Cactus Theater in music and worship honoring the reason for the season. This event is FREE, but you must have a ticket, so call 806.862.3233 to reserve your seat. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY - "Merry Christmas!"
Last Week's Trivia Winners.....

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?
Answer: The film was released in both IMAX 3D and conventional 35 mm formats.
Winners: Dee W.
of Lubbock and Mandi D. of Tahoka

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

Through December 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" Open thru Sunday
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.

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August 14-15…...Cactus Theater: "Dooley’s Back at Belle’s"
December 27 – 29….FiberMax Caprock Classic

January 1....."Happy New Year!"

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