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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

December 15-18

2 months ago

By Chris Klimkowski

Waco Weekend – December 15 – December 18

It’s all about workshops and Holiday shows this weekend! Make a beautiful handmade Christmas gift for a loved one, sit down with some popcorn for a fun Christmas movie with friends or get a ticket for a hilarious comedy show. All this and so much more can be enjoyed in Waco this weekend.

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Through the Weekend

Mission Waco invites you to come to urban REAP to make some Christmas Crafts this holiday season! These fun crafts for the whole family include making wreaths, yarn and stick Christmas trees, paper snowflakes, orange ornaments and more! Open hours are Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 am to 2 p.m.

The Cameron Park Zoo’s “Wild Lights” event is back and more magical than ever! You can see these fantastic lights illuminate the zoo on Thursday from 6 – 9 p.m. and 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.

Schedule an appointment with Stanton Studios for their Blow-Your-Own-Ornament Glassblowing Event! Choose a color and unique design, and then the materials and means will be provided to create your own beloved holiday keepsake. Ornaments are $42 and take approximately 15 minutes to create. Classes are held Friday and Saturday. Reserve a spot here today.

Missed the Christmas Lights in the Village last weekend? It’s not too late! Friday through Sunday from 6 – 8 p.m., stop by the Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village at the Mayborn Museum Complex to see thousands of lights illuminating the buildings in this magical holiday experience. There will also be a petting zoo, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, food vendors and more! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

The Waco Civic Theatre invites you to their annual Christmas show, “The Most Wonderful Show of the Year.” Thursday through Sunday, see this wonderful, holly jolly show celebrating Texas’s version of the holiday season. You’ll be sure to leave feeling merry! Buy tickets here for 7 p.m. showings Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for $15.

The Family Abuse Center of Waco needs your Christmas toy donations. Make the holidays bright for survivors of domestic violence and their children! A list of items needed can be found here and the organization asks that unwrapped items be brought to the Family Abuse Center by Sunday, December 18th. Donate today!

Thursday – December 15

For a delicious dinner, head on over to Barnett’s Public House for their steak night. For just $20, enjoy a mouth-watering steak with two side dishes, a side salad and half-priced bottles of wine. Dinner will be served between 6 – 9 p.m.

Geeks Who Drink is coming to Truelove Bar for their weekly Trivia Night. Bring a team of up to six people at 7 p.m. and compete in a game of facts and knowledge. The event is free to join. Participants must be 21+.

It’s time for Pinewood’s Third Thursday Trivia Night! Assemble a team of 3 to 6 people and head on over at 7 p.m. to compete for the title of Trivia Champion, as well as the chance to win a monthly prize and a seasonal grand prize. All team members must be 21+ to play. Register your team here.

Edwards Twins presents “The Ultimate Christmas Variety Show” at the Waco Hippodrome. Remember all the wonderful Holiday Variety shows from the 70s and 80s? Now is your chance to see them live and re-created by these famous Las Vegas impersonators! The show will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here for $25.

Are you ready for another Coffee With the Masons? They will be holding their discussion at Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits where they will once again be answering the questions you’ve been dying to ask about the fraternal society. What do their symbols mean? Who can become a freemason? Do they really have the holy grail? Get the answers to all these questions when the discussion starts at 7:30 p.m.

Friday – December 16

Reserve Lighthouse Coffee & Wine’s special Friday Night Dinner for a delicious treat. This month, it’s a cozy meal, featuring a winter-themed salad and a choice of beef filet or salmon with Béchamel sauce! The four-course chef-prepared meal costs $25 per person. Dine-in or pick it up to go starting at 4 p.m. Purchase your meal here.

William Lee Martin is putting the “fun” in “dysfunctional family” this Christmas! The Waco Hippodrome Theatre will be showing “The Return of the Nutcracker,” starring William Lee Martin, at 7:30 p.m. This show is a throwback to holiday variety shows of old, featuring stand-up and sketch comedy, music and sing-alongs to bring laughter and joy. Tickets can be purchased here for prices varying between $35 and $45.

Saturday – December 17

If your home could use a little extra holiday charm, then sign up for Hammer & Stain’s Ceramic Vintage Christmas Tree Workshop. Two classes will be offered, one at 10 a.m. and one at 12 p.m., in which participants will be provided the supplies to craft their own ceramic tree, truck or gnome. Reserve a spot here for $65 – $95, depending on the project.

Looking to get your hands dirty and learn the art of pottery? Then sign up for Black Oak Pottery’s Wheel Throwing Workshop class! Learn the basics of throwing or “turning” clay on the potter’s wheel. If you’re not experienced with this art, you can leave the finishing details to an expert. Reserve your spot here for $80.

Are you a sucker for Christmas classics? Then buy a ticket to the Waco Hippodrome Theatre’s showing of “Carpenters – A Christmas Portrait.” This show, starring Sally Olson and Ned Mills as Karen and Richard Carpenter, recreates the nostalgia of the Carpenter’s 1977 and 1978 Christmas TV specials in a way that will bring back your childhood. The show features holiday classics such as “Merry Christmas Darling” and “Sleigh Ride.” Tickets can be purchased here for varying prices between $47 and $67.

Sunday – December 18

Looking for the perfect place to watch the game? Then head over to Coach’s Smoke at 6 p.m. for their Sunday Funday event. 35 big screens will be showing the game while they play music from Hot Tejano the Party Station. Order a meal or some drinks, then kick back and relax.

Discover how a fateful encounter changed C.S. Lewis’s life with the Waco Hippodrome Theatre’s Christmas With C.S. Lewis. As a youth, Lewis believed the Christmas story was nothing more than a feel-good myth. But this all changed after an encounter with his friend and fellow author, J.R.R. Tolkien. From that point on, Christmas for Lewis took an entirely new meaning. Tickets can be purchased here for $60.

Live Music

  • Thursday, December 15
    • Mack Abernathy and Bob Arnold at Lakeside Bar and Live Music, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    • Larry Burgin and Texas Tradition at Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7 – 9:15 p.m.
    • Songwriter Night at Texas Music Café, 7 – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16
    • Live Oak Moonshiners with Thomas Dine at Barnett’s Public House, 7 – 10 p.m.
    • Creed Fisher at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Sack Lunch!, MER and Yardsale! at Common Grounds, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Dave Wild Trio “Charlie Brown Christmas” at Stay Classy Waco, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Sami Brown at The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Creed Fisher at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17
    • Braxton Keith at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8 – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18
    • Dave Wild Trio “Vince Guaraldi Christmas Songbook” at Valley Mills Vineyards, 4 – 6 p.m.
    • Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.
    • Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
    • Fireside Acoustic Christmas Show at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8 – 11 p.m.