Experience the Magic of the Holidays in Abilene: A Festive Event Guide

Visit Abilene

November 20, 2023
Staff Reports

The holiday season in Abilene is a time filled with joy, warmth, and a variety of exciting events for residents and visitors alike. From dazzling light displays to heartwarming performances, Abilene has something for everyone this holiday season. Here are 17 events that will make your holidays in Abilene truly magical.

Turkey Trot 2023
Date: November 23, 2023
Time: 7:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Shotwell Stadium

Start your Thanksgiving on a healthy note with the Abilene Turkey Trot, a family-friendly race winding through the Lytle neighborhood. The proceeds benefit the West Texas Rehab Center and the Abilene Runners Club.

United Way of Abilene Winter Lightfest
Dates: November 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-23, 2023
Location: Winter Lightfest

Experience the magic of Winter Lightfest, a spectacular display of over 3 million lights. Enjoy a paved walking path, virtual reality, Santa visits, hot chocolate, and more, all brought to you by the United Way of Abilene.

35th FOX West Texas Christmas Lights Parade
Date: November 28, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Downtown Abilene

Don your holiday attire and gather downtown for the FOX West Texas Christmas Lights Parade. A festive evening awaits, filled with lights, laughter, and the joy of the season.

Abilene City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting

Date: November 28, 2023
Time: 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Abilene City Hall

Abilene City Hall is gearing up to kick off the Christmas season! Come and celebrate with us at our traditional Christmas tree lighting event scheduled for November 28th at 5:45 p.m.

Christmas Lane
Dates: December 1-26, 2023
Location: Abilene State Supported Living Center

Christmas Lane at Abilene State Supported Living Center is a free family-friendly event featuring over 150 displays, a Winter Wonderland, and indoor displays with animated figurines and a toy train. All proceeds support the residents of AbSSLC.

Christmas in the Garden with Grinchy Claus & Friends
Date: December 1, 2023
Location: Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden

Immerse yourself in the magic of "Christmas in the Garden" with Grinchy Claus and friends. Enjoy photos with Santa, holiday book readings, a snow machine, crafts, refreshments, and live entertainment.

“Merry Christmas Everyone” From The Celebration Singers!
Date: December 1, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Paramount Theatre

The Celebration Singers present a free winter holiday concert at the historic Paramount Theatre. Revel in the melodious voices and festive tunes of the Big Country's premier show choir.

Irish Christmas in America
Date: December 2, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Abilene Convention Center

Join the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra for the Irish Christmas in America, a captivating performance of traditional Irish music, song, and dance backed by a full orchestra.

"It’s a Wonderful Life” A Radio Play
Date: December 7, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Paramount Theatre

Experience the magic of a live radio play with KACU-FM's presentation of "It’s a Wonderful Life" at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

Date: December 8, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Historic Paramount Theatre

Watch the classic Christmas movie "Elf" at the Paramount Theatre. Follow Buddy's journey as he searches for his real father in New York City, bringing joy and chaos.

Patty Harper Dance Studio presents “Once Upon A Christmas Eve”
Date: December 9, 2023
Location: Abilene Convention Center

Join the enchanting performance of "Once Upon A Christmas Eve" presented by Patty Harper Dance Studio. Follow the heartwarming story of Arabella and her magical Christmas adventure.

Handel's Messiah
Date: December 10, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Paramount Theatre

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Handel's Messiah presented by Maestro David Itkin and the Abilene Chamber Singers, accompanied by a talented orchestra.

NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet
Date: December 11, 2023
Location: Abilene Convention Center

Experience the wonder of the beloved family tradition, NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet, featuring an international cast and jaw-dropping performances.

Holidays Around the World Family Festival
Date: December 14, 2023
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: The Grace Museum

Join The Grace Museum for a free family event celebrating Holidays Around the World. Enjoy crafts, learn about diverse holiday traditions, and visit with Santa.

Christmas Celebration at the Abilene Zoo
Date: December 15-23, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Abilene Zoo

Don't miss the enchanting Christmas Celebration, featuring thousands of twinkling lights, Santa, live reindeer, and a variety of family activities. It's a festive spectacle you won't want to miss!

White Christmas
Date: December 15, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Historic Paramount Theatre

Watch the Christmas classic "White Christmas" at the Paramount Theatre. Sing along to timeless tunes as the characters plan a musical extravaganza to save a struggling inn.

An Aaron Watson Family Christmas
Dates: December 21-22, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Paramount Theatre

Back by popular demand, Aaron Watson returns for two unique Christmas shows. Enjoy a festive evening filled with Christmas favorites and Aaron's biggest hits on the Paramount stage.

Abilene invites you to celebrate the holiday season with these 17 exciting events. Whether you're captivated by ballet, intrigued by live radio plays, or seeking a magical Christmas experience, there's something for everyone in Abilene this holiday.