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Events from 12/05/2019 to 12/12/2019

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Christmas At The Farm

  • Denton Valley Farms
  • 8750 County Rd. 224Clyde
  • 325-370-5159Amanda
  • 11/29/19 - 12/31/19
  • 5 p.m.
  • Free Admission; $6-Adult hay ride; $5-Child hay ride; $3-$6-Other activities

Create Christmas magic with crafts, cookie decorating, hay rides through light displays, live music, food trucks, and more. There will also be a Texas-size snow globe, s'mores roasting, snow every hour, hot chocolate, apple cider and other fun activities. Handicap access available to the Farm Store, bathrooms, and on one of the hayride trailers. 

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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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Ortiz Elementary Honor Choir & Step Team

  • Winter Lightfest Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way- Abilene
  • 12/05/19 - 12/05/19
  • 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Join in the fun at Centennial Park and experience live music by the Ortiz Elementary Honor Choir and a performance by Ortiz Elementary Step Team. 

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Revolution Strings

  • Centennial Park Winter Lightfest
  • East South 27th StAbilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/05/19 - 12/05/19
  • 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park and listen to folk music performed by the dynamic combination of violinists, cellists, violists, a bass player, a guitar player, and drummer. 

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Steak Night w/ Live Music By Matt Ellis

  • The Mill Wine Bar
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill
  • 12/05/19 - 12/05/19
  • 5 p.m. to Midnight
  • Free

Come out to enjoy a night of fine wines, great food and live music performed by Matt Ellis.

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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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Bailey Hafner Live

  • The Mill Wine Bar
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill Wine Bar
  • 12/06/19 - 12/06/19
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Free

Make plans to come out and see special live music guest, Bailey Hafner.

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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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Christmas Lane

  • Abilene State Supported Living Center
  • 2501 Maple St.Abilene
  • 325-795-3547Barbara Reid
  • 12/06/19 - 12/23/19
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Free

Come see more than 100 outdoor displays, visit with Santa and enjoy food at the concession stand.

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Wylie High School Jazz Ensemble

  • Winter Lightfest Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/06/19 - 12/06/19
  • 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Enjoy Christmas lights and the tunes of classic jazz performed by the Wylie High School Jazz Band.

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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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Christy Patton Live

  • The Mill Wine Bar
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill Wine Bar
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Free

Experience a special live performance by music guest, Christy Patton.

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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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Journey to Bethlehem

  • Zion Lutheran Church
  • 2801 Antilley Rd.Abilene
  • 325-690-0121
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free

Come and explore this 'Live Nativity' that tells of the events leading to the birth of Jesus. A new journey begins every 15 minutes and soup and cookies will be served.

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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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Wylie West Junior High Musical Theatre

  • Winter Lightfest Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park and support the Wylie West Junior High Musical Theatre as they perform live at the Winterlights Festival.

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Beltway Park Worship Team

  • Abilene Winter Lightfest Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/08/19 - 12/08/19
  • 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Bring your friends & family to Centennial Park and enjoy a night of live music performed by Abilene's very own Beltway Park Worship Team.

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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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Wylie High School Chorale & Show Choir

  • Winter Lightfest Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/12/19 - 12/12/19
  • 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Winter Lightfest and experience a live performance by the Wylie High School Chorale and Show Choir.

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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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Celebration Singers

  • Centennial Park Winter Lightfest
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/13/19 - 12/13/19
  • 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park and enjoy a live performance by Abilene's community show choir, Celebration Singers.

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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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Madison Middle School's Viva Strings

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/13/19 - 12/13/19
  • 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park and experience an orchestral concert featuring alternative music not traditionally performed by orchestra ensembles.

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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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Voice of Taylor Elementary

  • Winter Lightfest Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/13/19 - 12/13/19
  • 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Experience an evening at Winterlight Fest listening to the Voice of Taylor Elementary in Centennial Park.

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Cooper High School's Red Rhythm & Blues

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/14/19 - 12/14/19
  • 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park and enjoy the solos, duets, and group performances by student show choir Red, Rhythm & Blues.

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Dyess Elementary Choir

  • Winter Lightfest Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/14/19 - 12/14/19
  • 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Bundle up and come out to Centennial Park where you can enjoy a live performance by the Dyess Elementary Choir.

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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.

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Josh Westman Live

  • The Mill Wine Bar
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill
  • 12/14/19 - 12/14/19
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Free

Bring your friends and come out to listen to Josh Westman perform live at the Mill. 

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. 

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Paige Sproles

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/14/19 - 12/14/19
  • 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park where Paige Sproles will be performing live.

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Abilene Christian School's New Song

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/15/19 - 12/15/19
  • 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Bundle up and come out to Centennial Park for food trucks and live entertainment by Abilene Christian School's New Song.

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Abilene Christian School's One Voice

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/15/19 - 12/15/19
  • 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Bundle up and come out to Centennial Park for food trucks and live entertainment by Abilene Christian School's One Voice.

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Beltway Park Ballet

  • Winter Lightfest Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/15/19 - 12/15/19
  • 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Mark your calendar for a performance by the Beltway Park Ballet at Winter Lightfest in Centennial Park. 

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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Abilene Community Band Christmas Concert

  • The Historic Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-695-2422Joe Stephens
  • 12/17/19 - 12/17/19
  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Free

The Abilene Community Band will present their annual Christmas concert at the Paramount Theatre, featuring the Abilene ISD Soundwave Handbell Choir.  Donations will benefit the Joe Stephens Community Band Endowment Fund.

 

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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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Abilene High School Band Ensemble

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/19/19 - 12/19/19
  • 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Bundle up and come out to Centennial Park for food trucks and live entertainment by Abilene High School Band Ensemble.

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Chorus Abilene Youth Choir

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/19/19 - 12/19/19
  • 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Join the Chorus Abilene Youth Choir for a live performance in Centennial Park for Winter Lightfest. 

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Johnston Elementary Jaguar Choir

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/19/19 - 12/19/19
  • 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Experience Christmas magic at Centennial Park with food trucks and live entertainment by Johnston Elementary Jaguar Choir. 

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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 High School's Pure Gold

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/20/19 - 12/20/19
  • 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Attend an fun evening of live entertainment by Abilene High School's Pure Gold in Centennial Park.

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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.
  • $8-Adult; $6-Child; $5-Zoo member

Celebrate the Christmas season with different activities such as an ice skating rink, real reindeer, Santa, s’mores stations, craft stations, a chili bowl cook-off, live performances, magical train rides and even a hot chocolate bar with adult beverages, too. Visit the website for the schedule of events.

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Craig Middle School's Concert Choirs

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/20/19 - 12/20/19
  • 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Enjoy the twinkling lights, food trucks, and live entertainment by Craig Middle School's Concert Choirs at Winter Lightfest in Centennial Park.

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Daniel Brown Live

  • The Mill Wine Bar
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill Wine Bar
  • 12/20/19 - 12/20/19
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Free

Make plans to see special live music guest, Daniel Brown.

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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.

Beltway Park Worship Team

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/21/19 - 12/21/19
  • 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park and enjoy some live music performed by Abilene's own Beltway Park Worship Team.

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Beltway Park's Kids' Park

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/21/19 - 12/21/19
  • 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park for food trucks and live entertainment by Beltway Park's Kids' Park. 

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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.

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Rob Davidson

  • Winter Lightfest Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/22/19 - 12/22/19
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park and listen to the unique sounds from Australian composer Rob Davidson.

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Christy Patton Live

  • The Mill Wine Bar
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill Wine Bar
  • 12/26/19 - 12/26/19
  • 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Free

Come out and enjoy fine wine and special live guest, Christy Patton.

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Bailey Hafner Live

  • The Mill Wine Bar
  • 239 Locust St.Abilene
  • 325-788-0360The Mill Wine Bar
  • 12/27/19 - 12/27/19
  • 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Free

Make plans to come out for special live music guest, Bailey Hafner.

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Eula Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament

  • Eula High School
  • 6040 FM 603Clyde
  • 325-529-3605Josh Fostel
  • 12/27/19 - 12/28/19
  • 8 a.m.
  • Call for admission
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Mark Rogers & Friends

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/27/19 - 12/27/19
  • 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park and experience blends of Cosmic Americana and Bossa Rhythms by Mark Rogers & Friends. 

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Abilene Winter Circuit Cutting - National Cutting

  • Taylor County Expo Center
  • 1700 Hwy 36Abilene
  • 325-583-2545Carolyn Gully
  • 12/28/19 - 01/01/20
  • Times vary
  • Free-Spectators

Cutting is an equestrian event where a rider and their horse work together to separate a single animal away from a cattle herd and keep it away a certain amount of time. The dynamic duo is judged on how well they accomplish that feat!

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Eric Logan

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/28/19 - 12/28/19
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out and enjoy a live performance by Abilene's own, Eric Logan.

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Family Fun Saturdays

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
  • 102 Cedar St.Abilene
  • 325-673-4586NCCIL
  • 12/28/19 - 12/28/19
  • 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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Paige Sproles

  • Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/28/19 - 12/28/19
  • 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Bundle up and come out to Centennial Park for food trucks and live entertainment by Paige Sproles.

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Eric Logan

  • Winter Lightfest Centennial Park
  • East South 27th St.Abilene
  • 325-677-1841United Way-Abilene
  • 12/29/19 - 12/29/19
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $10-Adult; $5-Ages 3 to 12; Free-Children 2 and younger

Come out to Centennial Park and be entertained by one of Abilene's own, Eric Logan.

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Paramount Film Series - When Harry Met Sally

  • Paramount Theatre
  • 352 Cypress St.Abilene
  • 325-676-9620Barry Smoot
  • 12/31/19 - 12/31/19
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $7-Person

A special New Year's Eve screening of the classic 1989 comedy about two college graduates who share a contentious car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends. Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Rated R.

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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Christmas Open House Mini Art Show & Sale

  • Mike Lanier's Studio 13
  • 909 N. 13th St.Abilene
  • 505-205-6820Amy Mowins
  • 12/07/19 - 12/07/19
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free

Visit over 30 artists in their studios and shop original works of art at the Annual Christmas Open House Mini Art Show and Sale.