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Day 7 (Dec. 16-18) – Musical Performances at the Mall of Abilene

While you wrap up Christmas shopping, take some time out of the season’s hustle and bustle and enjoy live music at the mall. On the 16th, Chorus Abilene will perform at 6 p.m. in the Women’s Dillard’s Courtyard and on Saturday, December 18th, Cooper High School’s Choral Group will perform at 2 p.m. in the Women’s Dillard’s Courtyard. Both performances are free to the public. Info: 325-698-4351.

Day 8 (Dec. 17) – Abilene Community Band Christmas Concert

Enjoy an evening of live entertainment appropriate for the entire family. The Abilene Community Band will perform holiday selections for the public at the Paramount Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Info: Info: 325-676-6026.

Day 9 (Dec. 18) – Family Fun Saturday

You can head over to the NCCIL and spend some time as a family at their “Family Fun Saturday” event from 1-4 p.m. The NCCIL’s art educators help you and your child create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. This event is always free. The current exhibit is “The Art of Brian Selznick” and it is also free to the public to view, however, the children will be making Christmas-themed arts and crafts to take home with them. Info: 325-673-4586.

Day 10 (Through Dec. 24) – 20th Annual Christmas Lane

Get into the spirit of the season with this annual Christmas celebration at the Abilene State Supported Living Center, 2501 Maple St. Enjoy the lighted indoor/outdoor displays or call the North Pole for free. Photos with Santa cost only $5. 6-10 p.m. daily. Info: 325-795-3547.

Day 11 (Through Jan. 1) – Holiday Light Display

This annual holiday light display has opened up to the public at McMurry University, S. 14th St. and Sayles Blvd. near the Old Main Building, and will remain open through Jan. 1. Locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy holiday songs synched to a brilliant light show. The show is held daily from 6-7 p.m. and again from 8-9 p.m. Free to the public. Information: 325-793-3800.

Day 12 (Dec. 29 – Jan. 13) – Abilene Winter Cutting/Abilene Spectacular Cutting

The winter cuttings have been an Abilene tradition for twenty consecutive years! If you will still have holiday visitors in town, give them a taste of true West Texas and take them to see the world’s best cutting horses compete in these spectacular winter events in the Taylor County Expo Center Coliseum. Events generally begin at 8 a.m. each day. The Abilene Winter Cutting will be held Dec. 29 through Jan. 1 and the Abilene Spectacular Winter Cutting will be held Jan. 3 through 13. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, call the Expo Center at 325-677-4376, call Gully Ranch at 325-583-2785 or click here.

There are plenty of other holiday events going on that aren’t free, but are very affordable. For instance, cozying up with the classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life” at the Paramount Theatre, Dec. 10-11, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are only $6 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, military and children. Also, “Home for the Holidays” with Chorus Abilene and the Abilene Community Theatre, Dec. 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for students, 12 and younger. So, for even more events and activities, log on to or for the most up-to-date details, follow on Twitter @AbileneCVB or find us on Facebook (Abilene, Texas).