Lubbock Moms Advent Calendar

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Lubbock Moms is proud to present our 4th annual Holiday Advent Calendar! This list has been specifically curated for our Lubbock Moms followers and their families.

We always loved (and still love!) opening each little door on our chocolate advent calendar, counting down the days to Christmas. We hope you’ll get the same little thrill as you open each window to browse through our favorite holiday traditions and pastimes, one for every day in December. And even if Christmas is not your thing, we hope you’ll find ways to give back to the community and enjoy the magic of this holiday season in your unique way.

As always, our incredible partners at South Plains Mall bring you a life-size, in-person version of this calendar, plus special treats and goodies for our followers. Check back throughout the month for exclusive discount codes and offers from South Plains Mall, or visit them in person between Aeropostale and H&M to browse through these fun local traditions.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, or just a well-deserved break with your loved ones, Lubbock Moms hopes you have a happy one filled with love, peace, and joy.

December 1

Visit either location of Betenbough Homes’ new home center for their annual Christmas event. Stroll through Gingerbread Lane, and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts, and Christmas music. The event runs 6 pm-8 pm at their new home centers at 6517 82nd Street and 13715 University Avenue.

December 2

Celebrate the centennial kick-off with Texas Tech’s 64th Annual Carol of Lights Centennial Opening Ceremony: Carillon begins at 6:30 pm Ceremony begins at 7 pm at Memorial Circle & Science Quad.

December 3

Visit South Plains Mall for Breakfast with Santa! December 3 at 9 am, kids will enjoy food compliments of Bubba’s 33, Chick-fil-A & Premiere Cinemas, Santa visits, crafts from Premiere Cinemas, and the opportunity for a special screening of Polar Express or ELF (ticket purchase required).

December 4

Los Hermanos Familia is proud to present its Warm Hearts campaign. This campaign provides warm clothing to children in kinship families or children raised by family members other than their parents. Many fantastic organizations in our community give coats to people who need them, but often kids don’t have warm socks, gloves, or hats. Have your child help you select socks, gloves, scarves, and hats, and drop them at Tumbleweed and Sage coffee house by December 9. Let’s show these families that we care!

December 5

Ring in the holiday season by visiting South Plains Mall and selecting an Angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree, located at the South entrance. Your family will love shopping for just the right doll or truck for one of the Angel Tree recipients. Please drop off your donations by December 13 to ensure our local kids have a festive holiday season.

December 6

The Marines’ Toys For Tots program provides toys to less fortunate children in our community. The last day to donate is December 9, so you still have time to purchase a toy (or several) and drop them off at one of their donation sites.

December 7

Embrace the holiday spirit with the Celtic Angles Christmas performance at The Cactus Theater. Starting December 7th from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, the Celtic Angels Christmas is a joyous celebration from start to finish, encompassing vocal and instrumental holidays and Irish favorites. This wonderful music is paired with show-stopping world-class champion Irish dancing.

December 8

The mice! The Party Girls! The Polichinelles and Mother Ginger!

It must be opening night for Ballet Lubbock’s production of The Nutcracker! This year’s show will run from December 8-11, and Herr Drosselmeyer has some special treats for this year’s show at Buddy Holly Hall. You’ve never seen The Nutcracker like this before.

December 9

Lubbock native and Broadway Star David Gaschen headlines a show at the Cactus Theater titled “A Celebration of Christmas,” the perfect way to celebrate the season with one of our native sons.

December 10

The National Ranching Heritage Center will host its 44th Annual “Candlelight at the Ranch” on December 9 and 10. Candlelight is a Lubbock tradition; visitors will experience what Christmas was like on the open prairie in the pioneer days, all guided by the light of over 4,000 luminarias and the help of more than 150 volunteers.

December 11

Catch the famous “Handel’s Messiah” Performed By The Lubbock Chorale at Hemmle Recital Hall. Written in an astonishing 24 days, Handel’s Messiah is perhaps the best-Known piece of western classical Music and is performed around the world during the holiday season. The Lubbock Chorale will provide this essential performance for the Lubbock community during this season.

December 12

Every Monday in December is Santa Paws! Bring your pet to South Plains Mall to get a photo of your furry friend with the big man himself, St Nick! Visit Mondays 4 pm-close.

December 13

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to view the incredible Christmas trees at Holland Gardens. Pick out a new ornament or ooh and aah over the fantastic decorations – and bring your camera in case you run into Santa! (He’s usually there on weekends!)

December 14

It’s a Holly Jolly Christmas with Dailey & Vincent at The Cactus Theater. See the show from 7:30-9 pm in lovely downtown Lubbock!

December 15

It’s the perfect day to visit a Lubbock landmark, Santa Land! This annual attraction is another Lubbock tradition, with more than 50,000 visitors annually. See the vast lighted tree, visit Santa and the reindeer, and walk through the festive holiday scenes. Runs nightly from December 22, from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm.

December 16

Prepare for a night of holiday classics and Christmas cheer as guest vocalist Geoffrey Andrews joins the Lubbock Symphony for their Holiday Chamber program. Invite family and friends for a fantastic night of beautifully arranged Christmas classics that will put you in the Christmas spirit this holiday season. This performance will be held at The Buddy Holly Hall.

December 17

Our kids love looking at Christmas lights, and the best show in town is at Wayland University at 801 N Quaker. Their festive light show will open every evening through December and features a spectacular light display synchronized to music viewers can enjoy from their vehicle.

December 18

Join the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra for their holiday show “Merry and Bright” featuring guest conductor David Itkin and soloists Kristen Satterwhite and Bruce Ewing.  

December 19

You can’t miss Lubbock’s “Largest Gingerbread Display” at The Overton hotel! Now in its 11th year, the display is free to visit, but you can also purchase an ornament for $5, with proceeds benefitting the Texas Girls and Boys Ranch. While you’re there, the kids can write and send a letter to Santa in The Overton’s super cute Santa Mailbox and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and photo ops.

December 20

Are you still looking for the best holiday gift? Visit South Plains Mall Instagram account for gift guides, local recommendations, and gift-giving expertise from Lubbock Moms and all our friends!

December 21

Just a few days remain to get your photo with the big guy, make reservations and visit him at South Plains Mall before he is gone until next holiday season.

December 22

Special deal from Premiere Cinemas at South Plains Mall! Mention Lubbock Moms this holiday season, and you’ll get FREE regular popcorn with movie tickets – the perfect pick-me-up for all that holiday shopping!

December 23

Enjoy an evening at Adventure Park: Light up your Holiday this year! See more than 500,000 dazzling lights while enjoying campfire smores and hot cocoa.

December 24

Many churches will hold candlelight or other special services on Christmas Eve; find a listing on our website at Lubbock Moms. 



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Chelsea is the owner and founder of Lubbock Moms. She is married to Jason and mom to Olivia and Jake. Chelsea is a sometimes-fun mom and really enjoys productivity, achievement, and crossing things off her to-do list (Enneagram 3, much?!). Her family enjoys cuddling, canceled plans, and YouTube Kids. She's involved in the Lubbock community through the Junior League, Chamber of Commerce, and alllllll the committees. Favorite Lubbock Restaurant: Giorgio's Pizza Favorite Lubbock Landmark: The Terra Estates North Neighborhood Favorite Lubbock Tradition: The incredible sunsets