CHRISTMAS EVENTS ALREADY STARTING
Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, starts Sunday, Dec. 2, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning to attend Christmas events. Following is a list of Christmas-related events coming soon:
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT HEAVENLY REST
The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest Christmas invites the public to a Christmas Open House, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
The church invites guest to “enter into this reverent space, covered in Christmas greens, as we prepare for the celebration of the coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.” Learn about the church and its historic architecture. Docents will be locate throughout the campus to enhance your experience.
Carolers and choirs will sing the sounds of the season. Come hear the Alleluia choir from the Swahili Language Congregation as they sing joyful tunes from their homeland in Africa.
Refreshments will be served in Gerhart Hall. Maps will be provided. The open house will end with music by the Heavenly Rest Bell Choir Concert at 5:30 p.m. in the nave.
PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS ‘COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS’
The Abilene Philharmonic will present “Coming Home for Christmas” at two times on Dec. 1, both at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St.
A family concert will begin at 3 p.m. and a second concert will begin at 7:30. Featured performers will be vocalist Bruce Ewing and Kristi Tingle and the Hardin-Simmons University choir. Tickets range from $18 to $45 and are available at abilenephilharmonic.org
Tickets also can be purchased by calling 325-677-6710.
ABILENE OPERA ASSOCIATION PRESENTS HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’
The Abilene Opera Association will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Paramount Theater.
Tickets, ranging from $20-$40, are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/abilene-opera-association-8369962460
The presentation will feature The Abilene Chamber Singers, directed by Clell Wright, and a live orchestra conducted by David Itkin. Following the production, to keep you warm, gingerbread cookies and Godiva hot chocolate will be served on the city sidewalk outside of the theatre. This special evening will be in loving memory of Dr. Charles Nelson. Hallelujah!
ALDERSGATE COMMUNITY GARDEN CHRISTMAS TREE
The public is invited to the lighting of a Christmas tree in the community garden sponsored by Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
The lighting will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The Christmas story will be read and carols will be sung. Hot chocolate and candy canes will be available.
The garden is located at the corner of Amarillo and S. 19th streets.
SOUTH POINTE CHURCH HOSTING CHRISTMAS EVENTS
South Pointed Church, 3050 Buffalo Gap Road, will host a community event on Dec. 2 and a parent’s night out on Dec. 7.
The community is invited to a night of music, food, and fun, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2. Guests will sing along music provided by a live band. The kids are invited to decorate Christmas cookies and the adults can try their hand at Christmas trivia hosted by
Jamie Pope, the church’s pastor. Tacolote and The Toasted Traveler food trucks will have food for purchase. The church will provide hot cocoa and cider
Parents are invited to drop off their children at the church 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7 for free babysitting.
The nursery will be open children from birth to age 3. Older children, ages 4 through fifth grade, will be entertained with games, movies and snacks in the South Pointe Kids area.
FLYING J WRANGLERS RETURN FOR CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Tickets are on sale now for the Flying J. Wrangler Christmas Concert that will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Paramount Theater.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. They can be purchased online at https://flyingjranch.com/december-18-2018-abilene-christmas-show-tickets/
After Dec. 3, they can be purchased by calling 806-676-9620. Guests are invited to “Celebrate Christmas the Western way by joining the Flying J Wranglers for an evening of great music, humor and yuletide cheer.” The group will sing and play a mix of Western, spiritual and popular Christmas classics.
‘IT MUST BE CHRISTMAS’ DAVID PHELPS TOUR
David Phelps will bring his “It Must Be Christmas 20th Anniversary Tour” to Abilene at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 S. Pioneer Drive. Proceeds will benefit Abilene Hope Haven, Inc.
Tickets re $75 for the Early Entry VIP experience, which begins at 4:30 p.m., $35 for Artist Circle and $25 for general admission.
Tickets are available by calling 1-800-965-9324 or online at https://www.itickets.com/events/408095
CHRISTMAS LANE FAMILY FUN RUN
Run off a few pounds and benefit the Abilene State Supported Living Center at the same time by joining in the Christmas Lane Family Fun Run 5K, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.
To register, go to www.5Kchristmaslanefunrun.org or call 795-3547. Pre-event packets can be picked up 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Shirley’s Cinema/Lone Star Coffee House on the center’s campus, 2501 Maple St.
Entry fees are $35 for an individual and $70. No pets are allowed except for service animals.