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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

December 1-4

2 months ago

By Chris Klimkowski

Waco Weekend – December 1 – December 4

‘Tis the season in Waco! Holiday happenings are coming to town this weekend and with so much to do, we want to make sure you won’t miss anything. Just follow this weekend guide to plan out the perfect weekend of merriment and joy.

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Through the Weekend

Baylor University is spreading holiday joy through song and music with their annual “A Baylor Christmas” concert. This event showcases a combined Baylor Choir and Baylor Symphony Orchestra performing sacred hymns and favorite holiday classics, as well as a procession with candles and a few Christmas Carol sing-alongs. Event time on Thursday and Friday will be at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Buy tickets here.

Cameron Park Zoo has brought back their “Wild Lights” this Christmas. You can see these magical lights illuminate the zoo on Thursday from 6 – 9 p.m. and both Friday and Saturday from 6 – 10 p.m. There will also be food trucks serving warm drinks and sweet treats while you enjoy your experience. Tickets can be purchased here for between $10 – $15.

Waco Wonderland is returning this year at Heritage Square for a weekend of holiday extravaganza! From Friday through Sunday, bring family and friends to this jolly event filled with fun. Ride the Ferris wheel or holiday train, shop at the mistletoe market and join fellow Wacoans for the Christmas tree lighting. Admission is free but wristbands for rides cost $10. More information can be found here.

Everyday this weekend, Baylor University Theatre will be showing their production of “A Monster Calls,” a play based on the Carnegie Medal winning novel by Patrick Ness about Conor, a teenage boy, and the haunting yew tree outside his window. When a monster comes along, stories are told which blur the lines of fiction and reality. Each show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

For a holiday themed story, the Waco Civic Theatre is performing “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a production about a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant. When they need to cast the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history, mayhem ensues! There will be shows each day of the week, with a 7 p.m. showing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. showing on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased here.

Thursday – December 1

The Bellmead Municipal Court invites everyone to join them for their annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade! The lineup starts at 5 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6 p.m., where hot chocolate will be served to all, and the parade at 7 p.m. Don’t miss this fun, family-friendly kickoff to the holiday season!

Join Twisted Sisters Patio Bar at 6 p.m. for a Hat Bar Party! This fun night of drinks, specials and shopping involves creating your own one-of-a-kind hat You get to choose your color, accessories and band. $10 reserves your spot and gets you one free drink. To reserve a spot, venmo $10 to @Twistedsisterspatiobar and put “hat bar” as the description.

Think you have the smarts to be a trivia champion? Then sign up for Brotherwell Brewing’s weekly trivia night! Bring a team, win prizes and enjoy your favorite taproom beers in this exciting battle of the brains. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. and lasts about two hours.

How’s your dart game? If you think you have a knack for it, then head over to Clicks Billiards & Sports Bar at 7 p.m. and sign yourself up for the darts tournament. There’s a $10 entry fee, but first place can win the mystery pot prize!

Friday – December 2

KWBU Radio will be collaborating with the Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Arts Gallery for this month’s First Friday. They are working together to bring a unique group exhibition celebrating local artists from 5 – 9 p.m. The staff from KWBU Radio will be on-site to take memberships and guests can enjoy live music, snacks and sangria while admiring a variety of art by local Waco artists. See their Facebook page for more info.

Looking for a night of art, music and culture with a holiday twist? Then stop by Cultivate 7Twelve from 6 – 10 p.m. to engage in a Cultivate Christmas Gala! Dance the night away with cider and champagne while admiring artworks by Katie Ward. Event is free to the public.

Hot cider with addition of cinnamon sticks, anise stars, cloves and citrus fruits

To support a good cause, consider registering for the Roots & Boots Luck of the Draw Gala hosted by Foster Village, an organization working to make a difference for foster children. You will be entered into a raffle for a $5000 prize. Even if you don’t win, your ticket comes with two meal tickets and two drink tickets, as your registration guarantees a spot for two. Register here for $100. The gala starts at 6:30 p.m.

Join the Dr Pepper Museum for A Dr Pepper Christmas! Admission to the museum will be free starting at 6:30 p.m. and will last two hours. Enjoy live music, get your photo with Santa and warm yourself up with a delicious cup of Hot Dr Pepper. Some experiences, like the Holiday Make-A-Soda, do require a reservation for a price, so sign up here before spaces run out!

Saturday – December 3

Observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business! The Children’s Business Fair begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon. Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy and then open for customers at this one-day marketplace, hosted in the same lot as the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market by the McLennan County Courthouse.

Stop by Cultivate7Twelve for this month’s Groovy Market, hosted by Renewed Clothing. Enjoy shopping from a variety of cool vendors while jamming out to awesome live musicians. The market will begin at 1:30 p.m. and last until 4:30 p.m.

For a delicious and warm meal, head over to Barnett’s to grab a mouth-watering crab boil dinner. The meal is served starting at 2 p.m. and will be sold until sold-out. It costs $19.95 per crab plate, with some cheaper options for sausage plates and shrimp plates.

Every improv show at the Brazos Theatre is completely unscripted and unrehearsed, and they bring the house down every time! This week, they’ll be putting on a Holly Jolly Ugly Christmas Sweater Improv Comedy Show, rated PG-13. No outside food allowed, but the snack bar will be available. Buy tickets for $15.50 per person here. BYOB.

Sunday – December 4

Don’t fret if you missed all the Black Friday shopping! Brotherwell Brewing will be hosting their Thanksgiving Eastside Thrift & Artisan Market starting at noon until 5 p.m. There will be plenty of food and music to enjoy while you get some holiday shopping done.

Looking for fun for the whole family? Cultivate7Twelve invites everyone to A Dreamy Christmas, a Christmas event full of holiday cheer and festivity. Santa will be there for a story time at 2 p.m., followed by a photo opportunity at 2:30 p.m. There will also be snacks and holiday crafts to participate in, as well as a mini market. Tickets are $40 per family and can be purchased here.


Why should humans have all the fun? Bring your canine friends to Brotherwell Brewing from 4 – 7 p.m. for the Puppy Social. Enjoy a beer and meet other dog lovers while your pups make some friends of their own!

Live Music

  • Thursday, December 1
    • Songwriter Night at Texas Music Café, 7 – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, December 2
    • Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras at Hilton of Waco, 7 – 10 p.m.
    • Justin Hewitt at Sunday’s Caribbean Oasis, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Sean Anderson and Friends at Stay Classy, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Zak Webb at Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Austin Meade with Mitch Ferguson at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:00 – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 3
    • D-Rail Acoustic at Sunday’s Caribbean Oasis, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
    • George Ducas at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Lost Immigrants at Texas Music Café, 8:30 – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 4
    • Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.
    • Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.