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Top 11 Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

Dec. 3-6

4 years ago

By Anna Tabet and Samantha Dietzler

Deck the halls and join the chorus because December is here! Since it’s finally socially acceptable to fully immerse yourself in all things holiday, we’ve got a list events to get you in the spirit from Waco Wonderland (where you can virtually meet Santa’s reindeers and more) to Christmas shopping or making a holiday-flavored soda—this is the weekend to truly celebrate the coming of the festive season.

Plan ahead with our events calendar at And when out and about, be sure to tag us (@Wacoan) on social media and use the #WacoWeekend!


1. Waco Wonderland is streaming online this year on Waco Wonderland’s Facebook and Waco City Cable Channel to bring you their festive traditions. Events such as their tree lighting ceremony, firework show, and meeting Santa’s reindeers will all be streamed online throughout the weekend. For more information, visit this link.

2. Love art and history? Learn more about what Waco and what it used to look like with Historic Waco Foundation’s new exhibit, Making History: The Art of Historic Waco which opens Saturday at the East Terrace Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artists have brought history to life in pieces of all styles and mediums. The exhibit is open from December 5-16 and free with the price of admission ($5 general and $4 for students and seniors). Find details at the website here.
3. December has officially started and with it comes the return of First Friday Waco! Support local businesses and take part in unique events, deals, live music and more by heading downtown Friday evening. For more information, visit this link.
4. Dr. Pepper Museum is hosting a Holiday Make-A-Soda event Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be specialty flavors to choose from, such as gingerbread, cranberry, and salted caramel. $12 per person. To book a table, visit this link.
5. Need a place to round out your holiday shopping? Well Brazos Theatre and Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have got you covered. Visit the Bosque Square Shopping Center on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for two days of holiday cheer. For details, visit their Facebook page here.

6. Not many things can make a Scavenger Hunt at Cameron Park Zoo more exciting, but cocoa is certainly one of them. Meet at the festively decorated zoo Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free scavenger hunt. During the event, there will be multiple locations to purchase drinks such as cider, hot cocoa and coffee. For more information, visit this link.
7. It’s time to go fishing! The 4th Annual Toys for Tots Catfish Tournament is being hosted on Lake Waco Saturday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entry fee is a $10 unwrapped toy per person. $10 each for Juniors. $20 each for Adults. For more information, visit this link.
8. If your child has had an interest in ceramics, now might be their chance to explore it. Bledsoe-Miller Community Center is hosting a Ceramic Workshop Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children at least 8 years old will learn ceramics techniques including wedging, scoring, building, glazing, staining and more. $25 per person. For information or to register, contact the center at 254/750-8684.
9. Bundle up and head down to the always fun and locally-sourced Waco Downtown Farmers Market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located in front of the McLennan County Courthouse and the ALICO building, find details on the website here.

10. Who wouldn’t want to have breakfast with Santa? Join Santa and friends in Santa’s Workshop on Saturday from 8-11 am at Riesel Lions Club. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, cocoa bar, letters to Santa, pictures with Santa, Christmas shopping, and more. $10 adults and $5 kids.

11. William Lee Martin will be bringing holiday joy to the Hightop at the Hippodrome with his live comedy performance. This Christmas-themed stand up special will also include a guest performance from John L. Brown. This Texas native will be performing from 7-9 p.m. For tickets, visit this link.

Live Music

Shane Smith & The Saints, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $25- $35 online, $30-$40 at the door
Trey Stephenson, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 9 p.m.
Dylan Wheeler, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $15 online, $20 at the door