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Events from 11/22/2019 to 11/29/2019

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'Night of January 16th' a play by Ayn Rand

  • Van Ellis Theatre, Hardin-Simmons campus
  • Box 14864
  • 2298 Cedar St.Abilene, Tx
  • 325-670-1405Victoria Spangler
  • 11/20/19 - 11/23/19
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $10-General admission; $5-Military, seniors, and students; Free-HSU faculty, staff and students

Hardin-Simmons University Theatre presents 'The Night of January 16th' by Russian-American author Ayn Rand. Set in a courtroom during a murder trial, an unusual feature of the play is that members of the audience are chosen to play the jury. Co-directed by Ben Burke and Hanna Hayes. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Polk Key City Invitational Girls Basketball Classic

  • Abilene, Cooper and Wylie High and Hardin-Simmons University
  • 325-670-1671Ronald Rainwater
  • 11/21/19 - 11/23/19
  • All day; Game times TBA.
  • $5-Adults; $3-Students

A long standing tradition at Hardin-Simmons University since 1952. AISD, WISD and HSU joined forces to host one of the finest high school girls basketball tournament in the state. The mission of the Polk-Key City Basketball Classic is to promote a quality girls basketball tournament in a way that involves the community and entire Big Country.

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Abilene Ballet Theatre Presents: The Nutcracker

  • Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-675-0303Tickets
  • 11/22/19 - 11/24/19
  • Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 & 8 p.m.
    Sun., 2:30 p.m.
  • $25-$40

This 32nd annual, full length classic ballet, is complete with fabulous sets, drops, costumes and guest artists. A local cast of 120 dancers perform this beautiful presentation. ABT is a nonprofit, a member of Regional Dance America/Southwest and Abilene's only regional ballet company.

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Newsboys United Greatness Of Our God Fall Tour

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-676-6211Abilene Convention Center
  • 11/22/19 - 11/22/19
  • 7 to 10 p.m.
  • $20-$40

By popular demand, the 'Greatness Of Our God' Tour will once again bring together former members Peter Furler and Phil Joel with Newsboys’ Michael Tait, Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein and Jody Davis for an autumn outing bound for more than 30 cities around the country.

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Santa's Arrival at Mall of Abilene

  • Mall of Abilene, El Chico Cafe Mall Entrance
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Michelle Parker
  • 11/22/19 - 11/22/19
  • 6 to 9 p.m.; Daytime hours vary
  • Photo prices vary

Welcome Santa to his home at Woodland Friends. Santa will be available for photos and visits through Christmas Eve at Women's Dillard's Courtyard. Hours vary. Photos available for purchase from Cherry Hill Photo.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 11/23/19 - 11/23/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Holiday Pop-Up Shop Night

  • The Mill Wine Bar
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill Wine Bar
  • 11/23/19 - 11/23/19
  • 3 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

An evening of holiday shopping at The Mill with Abilene boutiques. Receive 1 free sangria with a purchase from any of the pop-up shops during the event. 

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Jamison Priest at Mezamiz

  • Mezamiz Coffee House
  • 3909 S. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-518-1077Jamison Priest
  • 11/23/19 - 11/23/19
  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

An evening of live music from Jamison Priest.

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Judas Priest Tribute Judas Rising

  • P.T Event Center
  • 5126 Brick St.Abilene
  • 325-725-0445P.T. Event Center
  • 11/23/19 - 11/23/19
  • 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • $10

Get ready for a night of your favorite Judas Priest tunes from Judas Rising.

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Midnight River Choir

  • Firehouse Bar & Grill
  • 2074 Butternut St.Abilene
  • 325-268-4399Firehouse Bar & Grill
  • 11/23/19 - 11/23/19
  • 9 p.m. to Midnight
  • $10

Come out and enjoy a night of blues performed live by the Midnight River Choir. 

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A Night of Comedy & Music with Jonnie W.

  • New Hope Church
  • 3122 S. Clack St.Abilene
  • 325-795-2222Jonathan Gibson
  • 11/24/19 - 11/24/19
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $12

Skip staying in and come out to watch Jonnie W. perform a show combining music, off-beat standup, and a skewed view of the world unfolding around him.

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Ladezz Y Insistencia NorteƱa

  • P.T. Event Center
  • 5126 Brick St.Abilene
  • 325-725-0445P.T. Event Center
  • 11/29/19 - 11/29/19
  • 8 p.m. to Midnight
  • $15

Enjoy an evening of dancing, drinks, and live music by Ladezz Y Insistencia Norteña.

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Live Music with Daniel Brown

  • The Mill Wine Bar
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill
  • 11/29/19 - 11/29/19
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Free

Make plans to see special live music guest Daniel Brown. 

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Thanksgiving Throwdown

  • The Big Country Race Way
  • 5601 W. StamfordAbilene
  • 325-673-4233Sterling Robertson
  • 11/29/19 - 11/30/19
  • Call for times
  • $15-Person; Ages 12 & younger free with adult purchase; $2 military/student discount; $30-weekend armband

Drag racing at its best.

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Eric Logan Live

  • The Mill
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill
  • 11/30/19 - 11/30/19
  • 7 to 11:30 p.m.
  • Free

Come out for a relaxing evening of acoustic music performed by Eric Logan.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 11/30/19 - 11/30/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Jingle Fest

  • MCM Elegante Suites
  • 4250 Ridgemont Dr.Abilene
  • 325-261-0591Krystle Stein
  • 11/30/19 - 11/30/19
  • Noon to 6 p.m.; 1 to 3 p.m., Santa available for photos
  • Free

A day of holiday fun with Santa, hot cocoa and hourly door prizes. Santa will be in for photos from with Brittany Skeele photography. A fantastic line up of local businesses setting up shop for Christmas. 

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Texas Forts Trail Wine Festival

  • Blue Duck Winery
  • 248 S. Main St.Albany
  • 800-484-1462Tammie Virden
  • 11/30/19 - 11/30/19
  • $40-In advance, $50-At gate

Eight participating wineries and vineyards with food and water provided. Activities include downtown shopping, an evening parade, and the 'Worlds Greatest Christmas Pageant' performed at the Aztec Theater.

 

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AKA Duo at Denton Valley Farms

  • Denton Valley Farms
  • 8750 Co. Rd. 224Clyde
  • 325-665-2349Denton Valley Farms
  • 12/01/19 - 12/01/19
  • 5 to 7 p.m.

Kick off the holidays with a great show by AKA Duo. 

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Christmas Lane

  • Abilene State Supported Living Center
  • 2501 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-795-3547Barbara Reid
  • 12/01/19 - 12/25/19
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Free

Come see 124+ outdoor displays, visit with Santa and enjoy food at the concession stand.

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Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers

  • 201 Mesquite Event Center
  • 201 Mesquite St.Abilene
  • 210-416-6525KLGD 106.9 FM
  • 12/01/19 - 12/01/19
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • $40

Mark your calendars for the 'Country and Christmas' concert performed by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, presented by KLGD 106.9. 

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Hardin-Simmons University Christmas Party

  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • 2200 Hickory St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1017Cassie Mattern
  • 12/02/19 - 12/02/19
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Free

Come to the HSU Campus for hot cocoa, cookies, crafts and performances by members of the Fine Arts Department. Also, a special appearance by the Six White Horses and a visitor from the North Pole!

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Abilene Area Pecan Show

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1801 E. S. 11th St.Abilene
  • 325-672-6048Cody Hill
  • 12/03/19 - 12/03/19
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Admission varies

Come out and see a variety of pecan nuts and baked goods on display for public educational purposes organized by Texas A&M AgriLife.

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5K Glow in the Dark Family Fun Run

  • Abilene State Supported Living Center
  • 2501 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-795-3547Shae Butts
  • 12/04/19 - 12/04/19
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • $35-Single; $85-family (4 runners 1-2 adults & 2 or 3 children under 14 years); $130-Team (5 members)

Participants in the 5K event will have the opportunity to run, walk, or stroll through the 30th Anniversary of Christmas Lane and the first ever Winter LightFest. Fundraising event for Abilene Volunteer Services.

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Ballet Magnificat! Light Has Come, The Angel's Story

  • Beltway Park South
  • 4009 Beltway S.Abilene
  • 601-977-1001
  • 12/04/19 - 12/04/19
  • 7 to 9 p.m.

The story of salvation from the unique perspective of the angels. This epic retelling, from the beginning in the garden to the ultimate fulfilling in the Messiah Jesus, draws the audience in to experience the great love of the King of all kings through the greatest story ever told. Choreography by Jiri Sebastian Voborsky, and beautifully danced by the Artists of Ballet Magnificat!

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2nd Annual Carols & Ale

  • Cypress Street Station
  • 158 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-3463Cypress Street Station
  • 12/05/19 - 12/05/19
  • Food & drink available for purchase.

Enjoy a frothy beverage while singing classic Christmas carols, led by cover band Bad Karaoke, at the 2nd Annual Carols and Ale! 

 

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37th Annual Living Christmas Tree

  • Wylie Baptist Church
  • 6097 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-692-3206Information
  • 12/05/19 - 12/05/19
  • Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
  • Free-With ticket

Hear the voices of Wylie Baptist Church worship choir, orchestra and drama team as they focus on the birth of Jesus and the promise He gives. The singing Christmas tree is a 25 ft. structure with 40,000 computerized lights that holds the choir as they perform.

AISD Key City Boys Basketball Tournament

  • AHS & CHS
  • 12/05/19 - 12/07/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Admission varies.

High school boys basketball tournament. 

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2nd Annual Christmas in the Garden

  • Convention Center, Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1161Sidney Levesque
  • 12/06/19 - 12/06/19
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $10-Per family; $1-Train rides

The theme is 'A Dino-mite Christmas Night.' Enjoy train rides through scenes from Santa’s workshop, face painting, a snow machine, art activities, dino-bites and drinks. Performances by Abilene Community Band and ACS New Song. Watch a short animated Christmas movie, photo-ops, Mrs. Claus reads 'How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?' and meet Santa Claus. Presented by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council. 

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A.O.K. State Championships & Banquet

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-672-7022Larry Fields
  • 12/06/19 - 12/07/19
  • Call for times and pricing.

Watch athletes compete for the state championship. 

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Art Adventure - December 2019

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 12/06/19 - 12/06/19
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Free (Reservations Requested)

This mom and tot program for preschoolers combines different aspects of visual and verbal literacy by exposing the children to books and art based on the featured artist in the gallery.

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Celebration Singers Annual Christmas Performance

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-721-6767Celebration Singers
  • 12/06/19 - 12/06/19
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Free

Join Abilene's premiere show choir on a joyful celebration of Christmas. 

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Aaron Copeland

  • Firehouse Bar and Grill
  • 2074 Butternut St.Abilene
  • 325-672-9915Firehouse Bar and Grill
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 9 p.m. to Midnight
  • Admission varies

Come out and enjoy a night of country music performed live by Aaron Copeland.

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Abilene Philharmonic - A Hometown Christmas

  • Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-6710Abilene Philharmonic
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 3 and 7:30 p.m.
  • $5-$40, See website to select seats and purchase tickets

Kick off the Holiday Season with the Abilene Philharmonic’s annual Christmas Concert. This year we are bringing back Abilene favorite, Bruce Ewing. Bruce will be backed by a massive choir made up of many Abilene church congregation choirs. This concert also has a shortened matinee performance with general admission pricing, making this a great opportunity to bring your kids for them to enjoy their favorite Christmas classics.

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Breakfast with Santa at Mall of Abilene

  • Mall of Abilene - Chick-fil-A
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Michelle Parker
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 9 to 10 a.m.

Enjoy breakfast time with Santa and other fun activities hosted by Chick-fil-A.

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December Plazapalooza

  • 1290 S. Willis St.
  • 1290 S. Willis St.Abilene
  • 325-514-2379Greg Crone
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

An open air market with vendors of all kinds, face painting, food, gifts, and art. 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

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Holiday Pop-Up Market at Mall of Abilene

  • Mall of Abilene - Men's Dillard's Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Michelle Parker
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Free

Shop a wide variety of local vendors during this special, one-day holiday shopping extravaganza.

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Paramount Film Series - Die Hard

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Verity Pryor-Harden
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • $7

New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him. 1988, mystery/thriller, 2 hours and 22 minutes with intermission.

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Play Day at Gymnastics Sport Center

  • Gymnastics Sport Center
  • 1241 Ben Richey Dr.Abilene
  • 325-692-5730Office
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • $20-Per child, includes pizza lunch

Bring your kids, ages 3 (potty-trained) to 12 years old, for a day of supervised playtime in the gym. Activities include tumbling floors, bars, beams, trampolines, and pit. 

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Reindeer Run 5k

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1879Junior League of Abilene
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 8 to 11 a.m.
  • $35-Individual; $15-Child (12 and younger); $100-Team of four

Lace up your running shoes and come out for this annual fundraising event hosted by the Junior League of Abilene in partnership with The Abilene Downtown Association. Proceeds benefit the League's programs that offer services to help women and children in the Big Country.

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Round-Up Danny Isbell Memorial Rehab Jackpot Show

  • Wylie FFA Show Barn
  • 4502 Antilley Rd.Abilene
  • 325-793-3510Ben Bowlin
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 8:45 a.m. to Noon
  • $10-Entry fee per animal

Jackpot is a chance for the buyers of the lamb and goat sale, and pig sale to return with their animals they purchased from one of the West Texas Rehab animal sales and show them for prizes.

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Silver Spur Gun & Knife Show

  • Taylor County Expo Center, Display Building
  • 1700 HWY 36Abilene
  • 806-253-1322Kim Sansom
  • 12/07/19 - 12/08/19
  • Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $10-Two day pass; Free-Children 12 and younger

Providing a safe environment for the public to come shop for guns, knives and ammo.

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Pet Night with Santa at Mall of Abilene

  • Mall of Abilene - Women's Dillard's Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Michelle Parker
  • 12/10/19 - 12/10/19
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Prices vary

Bring your furry friend for an exclusive photo session with Santa. 

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Catclaw Invitational Basketball Tournament

  • Wylie High School
  • 4502 Antilley Rd.Abilene
  • 325-690-1181Greg Ruffin
  • 12/12/19 - 12/14/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission.

Varsity basketball tournament featuring some of the top boys and girls' basketball teams in the state.

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Abilene Christian University Graduation

  • Abilene Christian University, Moody Coliseum
  • 1600 Campus Ct.Abilene
  • 325-674-2236Registrar's Office
  • 12/13/19 - 12/13/19
  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Free
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Abilene Zoo Merry & Bright Kids Night Out

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-676-6085
  • 12/13/19 - 12/13/19
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $20-Members; $25-Non-members

Drop off your child (ages 4 through 11) for a fun night including a pizza dinner, activities and an animal encounter. 

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Hardin-Simmons University Graduation

  • Abilene Convention Center
  • 1100 N. 6th St.Abilene
  • 325-670-1000Hardin-Simmons University
  • 12/13/19 - 12/13/19
  • 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Free

10 a.m. Commencement: Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts, Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics, Logsdon School of Theology, and Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing. 

2 p.m. Commencement: Kelley College of Business, Irvin School of Education, and College of Fine Arts

 

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Paramount Film Series - White Christmas

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Barry Smoot
  • 12/13/19 - 12/14/19
  • Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Adults; $6-Students, seniors (60+), military and children

The classic 1954 holiday musical about two World War II veterans who are singers and performers. When the country Inn of their former commander falls under hard times because of lack of snow, the guys rally to present a musical in his refurbished barn to help him stay in business. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen. Rated G.

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Senior Holiday Fundraiser

  • Rose Park Senior Activity Center
  • 2625 S. 7th St.Abilene
  • 325-734-5345Julie Sartor
  • 12/13/19 - 12/13/19
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m.
  • $6-Dance only; $8-Dinner only; $13- Dinner and dance

There will be dinner, live entertainment, and a holiday dance. This fundraiser is to help benefit the Senior Services Division for the City of Abilene.

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Sons of Texas Live

  • Homer's Bar & Music Venue
  • 4201 N. 1st St.Abilene
  • 325-691-9995Homer's Bar & Music Venue
  • 12/13/19 - 12/13/19
  • 8 p.m. to Midnight
  • $10

Enjoy a holiday show of metal and rock with a live performance by The Sons of Texas.

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16th Annual Snyder Christmas Ball Benefiting West Texas Rehab

  • The Coliseum in Snyder
  • 900 E. Coliseum Dr.Snyder
  • 325-793-3507Karla Brown
  • 12/14/19 - 12/14/19
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • $15

Dance the night away to Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band.

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Fa La La in the Forest

  • Abilene State Park
  • 150 Park Rd. 32Tuscola
  • 325-572-3204Abilene State Park
  • 12/14/19 - 12/14/19
  • 6 to 8 p.m.
  • $5-Per car

Take a drive through a winter wonderland of lights at each camp site. 

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 12/14/19 - 12/14/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

Mind Trip Invades The Zone Bar & Grill

  • The Zone Bar & Grill
  • 4638 S. 14th St.Abilene
  • 325-232-8485The Zone Bar & Grill
  • 12/14/19 - 12/14/19
  • 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • $5

Enjoy a night of live music with a performance by Mind Trip. 

Handel's Messiah

  • The Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-7372Abilene Opera Association
  • 12/15/19 - 12/15/19
  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Call for pricing.

Hark! Abilene Opera Association presents Handel's Messiah at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Following the performance, there will be an Afterglow Party with food and drinks on the city streets outside the theatre.

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Pet Night with Santa at Mall of Abilene

  • Mall of Abilene - Women's Dillard's Courtyard
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Michelle Parker
  • 12/17/19 - 12/17/19
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Prices vary

Bring your furry friend for an exclusive photo session with Santa. 

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Holiday Movie Night at Mall of Abilene

  • Mall of Abilene - Premiere Lux Cine 10
  • 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene
  • 325-698-4351Michelle Parker
  • 12/18/19 - 12/18/19
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Tickets available on a first come, first serve basis starting the night of the event.

Get in the holiday spirit with a complimentary showing of Elf at Premiere Lux Cine 10.

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Soundwave Winter Concert

  • Elmcrest Baptist Church Abilene
  • 517 N. Pioneer Dr.Abilene
  • 325-673-3734Elmcrest Baptist Church
  • 12/19/19 - 12/19/19
  • 7 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy holiday sounds with a performance by the Soundwave Handbell Choir during their Winter Concert. 

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Abilene Zoo Christmas Celebration

  • Abilene Zoo
  • 2070 Zoo Ln.Abilene
  • 325-676-6085
  • 12/20/19 - 12/23/19
  • 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Admission varies

Celebrate the Christmas season with yuletide cheer and reindeer. More details coming soon. 

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Acoustic Around The Fire

  • The Mill
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill
  • 12/21/19 - 12/21/19
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Free

Come sit by the fire and hear some acoustic music from James Tuffs and the Southern Trouble.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 12/21/19 - 12/21/19
  • 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Free

A come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.

Museums & Galleries

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Women's Fashion Evolution: 1900s-1920s

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 06/01/19 - 07/04/20
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6 Adults; $3-seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

From the Gibson Girl to the Flapper, women's fashion evolution from the early 1900s to the 1920s in the United States was due to new economic and social factors for women. These three decades were a defining time as many women fought for the right to vote, joined the work force during World War I, and changed the traditional social norms for women from the previous century.

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Hung Liu: The Long Way Home

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/07/19 - 02/22/20
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Senior citizens, students and non-active duty military; Free-Ages 3 and younger, Active duty military and their families

A solo exhibition of the recent work of Chinese-born American contemporary artist, Hung Liu in a variety of media including mixed media, resin, tapestry, oil and works on paper. She is best known for masterful recreations of historical Chinese photographs.

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Igor Melnikov: Dreamwatcher

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/07/19 - 02/01/20
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

Russia American artist, Igor Melnivok, challenges traditional associations with portraiture through his haunting paintings of emotionally ambiguous children isolated on a dark background. Although he often bases his paintings on children he knows, he also relies old photographs as well as memories and dreams for details. He states that his main objective is not to record a likeness but rather to suggest the childlike innocence and vulnerability we once possessed.

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Paul Black: Carol

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/07/19 - 02/01/20
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID and non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and under, museum members and active duty military and families with ID

Photographer Paul James Black presents an intimate group of Polaroids and black and white photographs of only one person; his wife Carol. The photographs in the exhibition, Paul Black: Carol, were taken in the first two decades of their marriage and offer an intimate record into their private world in the 1960s and 70s. Carol is the only subject in this chronicle.

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Sarah Ball: An Unlikely Likeness

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/07/19 - 02/22/20
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, members and active duty military

Using 19th and 20th century photographic archives of mug shots, Sarah Ball creates a series of intimate portraits of anonymous protagonists. Her meticulously-rendered paintings in this solo exhibition feature expressionless faces taken out of context and reflect on contemporary issues of bias in an increasingly judgmental culture.

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Up Close and Personal

  • The Grace Museum
  • 102 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4587Lori Thornton
  • 09/07/19 - 01/18/20
  • Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • $6-Adults; $3-Seniors, students and educators with ID, non-active duty military; Free-Children ages 3 and younger, museum members, active duty military and families with ID

Up Close and Personal: Portraits from the Reaves Collection of Texas Art.

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Nobody's Fool - New Exhibition

  • Old Jail Art Center
  • 201 S. 2nd St.Albany
  • 325-762-2269Susan Montgomery
  • 09/17/19 - 02/01/20
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free

Artists have been creating paintings that produce the illusion of real objects for centuries. Trompe l’oeil—from the French phrase 'deceives the eye'—is the art term that describes the effect of their visual deception. Contemporary artists often create an additional level of content by adding visual references relevant to contemporary events, situations, and observations. Nobody’s Fool highlights the work of contemporary artists Kirk Hayes and Michael Bane.

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Public Health Museum

  • Public Health Building, TTUHSC Abilene Campus,1650 Pine St., Abilene, TX 79601. Room ABPH 2201 A&C, 2200, 2202, 2402
  • 1650 Pine St.Abilene
  • 646-559-8656Julie St. John
  • 12/02/19 - 12/02/19
  • 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Free

See and hear public health innovators from the past come to life and dig deep into social determinants of health. Presented by students from Hardin-Simmons University & TTUHSC, GSBS, Master of Public Health program.