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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 29-December 2

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Goodbye, November; hello, December. The year is quickly drawing to a close, but this #WacoWeekend celebrates the new month with tons of live music, Waco Wonderland, Christmas on 5th Street and much more. Let us know what you’re up to by tagging @wacoan and using our hashtag, #WacoWeekend. You just might be featured in Monday’s Waco Weekend Recap. For more events, head over to our blog, the Grackle, at or check out our magazine at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


One, two, three times you can attend A Baylor Christmas and feel the spirit of the season soar. Baylor University choir joins the Baylor Symphony Orchestra to present a wonderful Christmas concert at Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus. Showtimes are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available online at the Bill Daniel Student Center website.
Beauty, poetry and courage collide and blossom in Baylor University Theatre’s production of “Ice Glen.” Editor Peter Woodburn must convince secluded poet Sarah Harding to publish her extraordinary poems. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Mabee Theatre at Baylor University. Call 710-1865 or visit for ticket information.
Spend your weekend filled with holiday cheer at the kickoff event for the annual Waco Wonderland celebration at Heritage Square! Friday festivities include the Cocoa Crawl, tree-lighting ceremony and fireworks show. The fun continues Saturday with the run and parade. Slide down the snow tube hill Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The celebration continues throughout the month with concerts, entertainment, artist marketplace and food trucks. For a full schedule of events, visit
Step into the magical world of “Cinderella” and have a fairytale Christmas with Cinderella and her bird friends. Waco Children’s Theatre presents a Christmas show that the whole family will love. Performances will be held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Showtimes are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission costs $8 for the Saturday performance at 2 p.m. All other shows cost $10. For details, call Linda at 776-0707.
Hop on the Mini-Mayborn Express! The Central Texas Area Model Railroaders return to the Mayborn Museum with model railway displays. A special Christmas display features the past and the present as well as elaborate scenes of cities and towns. Grab your conductor hat and operate the small train track or enjoy the large G-scale train layout. The exhibit opens Saturday and continues through January 6. Visit for more information.

Thursday, November 29


Kids from 1 to 92, as you hear in the “Christmas Song,” can celebrate Christmas at the Mayborn Museum. From 4:30-7:30 p.m., enjoy Christmas-themed events and activities, including a visit from Santa. Hear the musical talent of local student choirs or create holiday cards with paper circuits. Anyone age 18 and older can learn how to decorate Christmas cookies like a pro at Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Workshop from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Seating is limited for the workshop and signup is first-come, first-serve starting at 5 p.m. Activities and events are included in the price of admission to the museum. For details, visit
Christmas is all around, and Baylor University School of Music presents Baylor Bronze! The thirteen-member handbells choir will fill you with joy at this annual Christmas program. Find the free concert at Roxy Grove Hall on Baylor campus at 5:30 p.m. Visit to learn more.

Find the spirit of the season at Christmas on 5th Street with carriage rides, train rides, an ice skating rink and more at the fountain mall on Baylor’s campus. Shop the Christmas marketplace, take family photos with Santa and hear choir concerts in the Bill Daniel Student Center. The evening will conclude with the annual Christmas tree lighting, pictures with reindeer, hot chocolate and a live band at Burleson Quadrangle. All activities are free and open to the public from 5:30-10 p.m. Visit to view a schedule of events.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Moe Bandy (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $39-$49
• The Ballards (country), Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 30


In the mood for live music? Look no further! Make your way to Waco Hippodrome for The Crooner: Starring Andy Meadows. Western swing, blues, pop — you’ll hear it all as Meadows and his nine-piece band play tribute to his biggest musical influences. Catch the Las Vegas style show at 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $15 and are available at
Live Music
• “Festivus for the Rest of Us” (new music concert), Meadows Recital Hall on Baylor campus, 4 p.m.
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Max and Lynette, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Dirty Echoes (power pop), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Rock Band Concert, Ball Performing Arts Center at MCC, 7:30 p.m.
• Bobby Dean Trio (country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Toby Gill (red dirt/country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Josh Abbott Band (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $25-$30
• Huser Brother Band (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 1


Do you love dogs? Then head to the Waco Convention Center for Breeders’ Cup Association’s inaugural Dog Show! It is dog heaven for fans of man’s best friend. Doors open at 8 a.m. with weight pulling at 11 a.m. and a basic obedience exhibit at 1 p.m. The multi-breed sanctioned show begins at 2 p.m. Admission costs $20 for adults and $10 for dogs. Kids are admitted free. For more information, visit Breeders’ Cup Association’s Facebook page.

Breathe in the fresh morning air at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Grab a friend, a sibling, a parent, a child or a coworker and explore the many fabulous vendors and their handmade goods. Snack on scrumptious pastries or buy a holiday gift. Find the farmers market at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dogs and cats also deserve gifts during December. Help People & Pups make holiday goodie bags for cats and dogs at Meals on Wheels for Pets. Throughout December, all bags will be delivered to Meals on Wheels customers who have pets. Swing by Bare Arms Brewing from 1-4 p.m. and help put the goodie bags together. Visit to learn more.
Support Compassion Ministries at the ninth annual Big Texas Christmas Present, presented by Big 95 (KBGO-FM) and Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. From 1-3 p.m., donate children’s toys, household goods and gifts for teens and adults at the museum. For each item donated, you will receive free same-day admission to the museum. For details about Compassion Ministries and donation suggestions, visit
Grab your kids and make your way to Barnes & Noble for a Book Signing! Meet local authors, including the author of the children’s book series “The Adventures of Bella and Lily.” The event begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit
Dive into Waco’s past with Act Locally Waco’s Downtown History Walk. Whether you live here or are visiting, you’re bound to learn something new about Waco’s history, legends and tall tales. The walk will meet at the parking lot for the McLennan County Courthouse at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Visit to sign up.
Cheer on the McLennan Community College Highlassies basketball team as they face Lone Star Cyfair. It all starts at 2 p.m. at The Highlands Gym.
Join Brazos Theatre for its final comedy show of the year: Ugly Christmas Sweater Improv Comedy. Laughs and good times will be had by all. Don your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and have fun. Catch the show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and military. To purchase tickets, visit

Start off the new month right with a cozy night listening to Texan David Ramirez at Common Grounds. The singer and songwriter will perform indie-Americana music from his latest album, “We’re Not Going Anywhere.” Sip some coffee or hot chocolate while you enjoy the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15-$18. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Tanner Newman (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers (rock), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Retro Rose (rock/blues/country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Karaoke, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Live Music, The Backyard, 8:30 p.m.
• North of Navasota (rock), The Warehouse, 10 p.m.