Best Upcoming Christmas Events In Abilene-Shay’s Top 5
Well with just a little over a month until Christmas it's time to start thinking of all the upcoming events going on in our community. Abilene is very family friendly so there are lots of things to do as a “family”. We have Christmas parades, shopping, plays and musicals, concerts, a Christmas tree lighting and I'm sure Santa will be seen a time or two. So let's check out some of these events.
"Christmas Belles"-Abilene Community Theatre
The Abilene Community Theatre or ACT has been putting on great entertainment since 1954. That is when the first play was performed on the stage at the Fair Park Municipal Auditorium which eventually became what is now known as Rose Park. The building was eventually torn down but the theatre didn't move far, located just one block from the park on Barrow St. They generally put on about 6 or 8 plays a year using local talent. They actually have 2 shows coming up, one of which starts today. "Christmas Belles" begins its run tonight and continues through Saturday (10-12) and then again Nov. 17-19 and the 25 & 26. This play is a Southern farce about 3 sisters that can't seem to get things together. One sister has been jilted, the other is about to have twins and the third is directing a community play and everything is falling apart....fast. One sister even lets a family secret slip, somehow they get it together and present a fabulous show. There's even and Elvis impersonator in the mix. Their other event will be December 16 & 17, and is called Home for the Holiday's featuring the Abilene Chorus and hosted by Susan King. It will be a musical variety show. For more information on these shows and others please see the ACT website.
Christmas In November-ABWA Oro Negra Chapter
Each year, for 36 years now, the local Oro Negra Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) has put on a great shopping event. It's three days of shopping all in one stop. There will be over 140 booths for you to visit at the Abilene Civic Center starting Friday November 11th and continuing through Sunday. The show features lots of crafts and one of kind items. There will be candy, food, jewelry, clothing, iron works, wood work, purses, shoes, bath items, you name it you'll probably find it this weekend. Even Old World Santa will be on hand to have his picture made with the little ones. The ABWA is a great organization that uses the money raised during the event to fund scholarships for promising young women in our community. Hours of the event are Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10a-7p and Sunday 12-5pm. It is free to get in and there will be concessions available with great food to enjoy. If you're going to shop all day you'll need the energy!! For local information on the ABWA you can contact Bette Pitcock at 325-673-1142.
Christmas Lights Parade
This is the 23rd annual KTXS Christmas Lights Parade brought to you by WTU. It comes each year on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving which means this years parade will be November 29th at 6:30. With the time change comes early darkness and a great time to go "all out" with all the lights you can manage to put on your float or yourself for that matter. That is the requirement of the parade you must have lights. This year's theme is "An Old Fashioned Christmas". The event is held in conjunction with the Abilene Downtown Association’s City Sidewalks Celebration (which we will get to next). The parade kind of kicks off the season and gets you ready for Santa. The parade route will go North on Pine St. and South on Cypress, will last 30 minutes and be televised live starting at 6:30pm following the local news cast.
City Sidewalks Celebration
The City Sidewalks Celebration is held in conjunction with the Christmas Lights Parade each year, again this will be on November 29th. City Sidewalks begins at 5:30 before the parade. The Abilene Downtown Association sponsors the community event which works with the downtown merchants to stay open late that evening after the parade. There will be shopping, eating (some great restaurants downtown), entertainment from local groups and schools and more. The museums will have their doors open too and some merchants even have hot chocolate, tea, coffee and goodies for you to enjoy. There will be children's activities and I'm pretty sure Santa will be spotted sneaking around the area seeing who's naughty and nice! So behave. And of course you don't want to forget about the Community Tree Lighting, following all of the festivities, in the Abilene Civic Center.
Taste of Country Christmas Tour With Brantley Gilbert
This is our second Christmas concert and will feature up and comer Brantley Gilbert and featuring guest Thomas Rhett. It will be December 16th at Guitars & Cadillacs. Brantley has hit the music scene as an artist but he has been doing a lot of writing for other artists on hit songs like Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" and "Dirt Road Anthem". Blake Shelton and Colt Ford are also fans of Brantley's writing either having already recorded or having on hold one of his songs to be recorded. Brantley has two previously released albums but his current album has put him on the road to success as an artist not just a writer with the single "Country Must Be Country Wide". Tickets for the show are available at Farm & Ranch Western Wear on Southwest Dr. or online. They are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.