December 17, 2015


December 17 (Repeats Dec. 22, 23)….."Cactus Family Christmas" - Continuing our Cactus tradition, we are proud to once again present our "Cactus Family Christmas". Join the Cactus stars, along with our newest faces from 2015, as they "don" the stage for a spectacular Christmas celebration presenting traditional holiday classics as well as contemporary favorites. These concerts always sell out, so get your tickets early! Please call the box office at 762-3233 for tickets. Reserved seating. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.


December 18 - 19….Celebrity Attractions: “Ragtime” - At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. RAGTIME returns to the road in all-new touring production. The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold - set in turn-of-the-century New York - all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Their compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious Tony® Award-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Winning Tony® Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13 time Tony® Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life - what it could and should be! Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; Friday: 7:30 p.m. and Saturday: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


December 19….Wildlife Center Annual Holiday Open House - Join us for our Holiday Open House at South Plains Wildlife Center and visit our newly renovated barn and waterfowl facilities! Photography is welcome. Meet our wildlife ambassadors and volunteers. Our "Give a Hoot" and "Bobcat" Tee Shirts make great last minute Christmas gifts! We ask a minimum $1.00 donation for anyone over 4 years old. All proceeds from Open House are used to purchase food and supplies for our many winter patients. SPWRC is on the east side of Indiana at 95th Street. Free parking adjacent to us (south) in the church lot. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

December 19….Foxhole Christmas - All Ages, $7. Come to the Silent Wings Museum and learn how Christmas was celebrated in America during WWII. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to music from the era and make Christmas treats, holiday ornaments and tree decorations with items as they were used in the 1940s. All ages are welcome. Cost is $7. For more information call 806.775.3049. Silent Wings Museum, 6202 N. I-27; 12:00 . – 2 p.m.

December 19….David Gaschen: A Celebration of Christmas - Come have your heart lifted in the true spirit of the season and be entertained, as Lubbock native and Broadway star, David Gaschen, performs songs you will know and some that have been created to fit David's beautiful voice. Please contact the box office at 806-762-3233 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue. Special 2:30 p.m.matinee and evening performance at 7:30 p.m.


December 20, 21….Cactus Kids Christmas - If you have never seen a Cactus Kids Christmas Concert, you are in for a real treat! This is not just your average kid show - these are the best of the best from Terri Caldwell's Music program. Kids from this program have appeared on national television programs such as "America's Got Talent" and "X Factor." You will be blown away by the talent as they are backed by "The Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine" in this full blown professional show! Bring your entire family for a wonderful night at the "Cactus Kids Christmas Celebration." This show will run for two nights - but get your tickets early - this is our most popular Christmas Show! Please contact the box office at 806-762-3233 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.


December 22….Ornaments, Cookies and Santa - Kids of all ages ...come on down to The Mud Room and have some fun decorating cookies from Cookies by Design, making an ornament, and getting your picture made with Santa! Reserve your spot by calling 794-6992 or 793-3271. Our parties fill up quickly, so call today! Cost is $15! Every day is a HOLIDAY at Cookies by Design and The Mud Room - come have creative fun with us! The Mud Room, 3302-82nd; 5 – 8 p.m.

Annual Christmas Traditions Offer Family Entertainment Outings!

Santa Land Open Nightly at 6 pm

December 17 - 23….Santa Land - Bring your children and grandchildren to Mackenzie Park and enjoy a long-time Lubbock tradition! Children from Lubbock and surrounding communities are invited to Santa Land’s Opening Ceremony on December 10 at 6 p.m. Lubbock City Council members will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus from the North Pole, turn on the Christmas lights in this winter village, and officially open Santa Land. Lubbock Parks and Recreation has hosted Santa Land for the past 58 years, and admission for all ages is free. Approximately 46,000 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. Youth this year can look for Bo, Santa Land’s very own Elf on the Shelf and have a chance to win an iPad Mini 2 sponsored by Betenbough Homes. Families will enjoy live entertainment most evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Hot chocolate and other refreshments are available for sale at the concession stand. Parents are welcome to bring 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 located off of the East Broadway entrance into Mackenzie Park just east of Avenue A and the South Plains Fairgrounds. Open nightly 6 - 10 p.m.

Climb Aboard the Polar Express

December 17 - 23
(Repeats Dec.26)….The Polar Express - The Polar Express™ returns to the West Texas & Lubbock Railway, recreated to match all the sights and sounds of the beloved 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 punches children’s golden tickets. Little faces will peer out the train’s windows as we pull out of the station on our way to the North Pole. Each 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 (only believers can hear its ringing). Christmas carols will be sung as we return back to the station 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. For complete information or to purchase tickets visit . Wolfforth Depot Station, 103 North Steck Ave, Wolfforth, TX. Departure times: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. NOTE: Not all departure times occur on each operating day.

Drive-Thru Light Park in Tahoka

December 18 - 24
….Santa's Land Drive-Thru Christmas Park - We would love to invite you to stop by and see the lights and Santa and Mrs. Claus (please bring your camera). The park includes four acres of land, 1/2 mile of driving paths, 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. Admission is free, donations will be accepted to help keep the lights on. If you want to make sure Santa will be present call (806) 891-1291 or see 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.

Last Week's Trivia Winner(s)

The question: While on the train, the young boy (main character) does something, and then exclaims, "I've wanted to do that all my life!" What did he do?

Answer: He pulled the train's whistle in the locomotive cab

Winners: Kim H. of Shallowater and Misty S. from Lubbock

This Week's TRIVIA CONTEST....

This week, 2 winners will be chosen to receive a Family 4-pack to ride the Polar Express! To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us using the fun phrase "Last Train to Clarksville" at:

Be sure to include your DAYTIME PHONE NUMBER so we may get the tickets to you easily. We'd like to know if you live in Lubbock or the surrounding area so please include your hometown info.

Special Note: Deadline for this contest is Friday morning at 9 am and the winners will be notified Friday by noon.

The Question: In the film version of "The Polar Express"....what is the "first gift of Christmas" ???

Good luck to all!
Looking Ahead in the Calendar....

December 26….Cactus Theater: Best of 2015

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