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Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

December 7—December 10

6 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy weekend Waco! With December now in full swing, there are plenty of holiday events for you to explore this weekend. Wherever you choose to explore in Waco, make sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured.

Through The Weekend

A New Moon Rises

The Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., is hosting a new exhibit through April 14, filled with highly detailed photographs of the moon. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore dramatic landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, lunar poles and much more. 

Waco Symphony Orchestra’s “The Nutcracker”

Head over to Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave., Saturday and Sunday to enjoy Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”. Filled with a cast of professional dancers, young students and dazzling costumes, come watch this unforgettable performance. For more information, read our blog!

Paranormal Cirque 

Cirque Italia is now presenting a brand-new show for a mature audience! Tickets can be purchased now starting at $10 depending on availability. Restricted – under 18 requires an accompanying parent or guardian. This show has adult language and material and will be in town from Thursday until Sunday.

Sing-Along w/Santa

The Richland Mall, 6001 W Waco Dr., is celebrating the holiday season with a “Sing-Along with Santa”. Don’t miss the chance to sing along with Santa Claus this holiday season every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1—1:30 p.m. 

Christmas Lights in the Village

The Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 South University Parks Dr., has put up thousands of lights at their Historic Village. On Dec. 8—10 and Dec. 15—17, from 6—9 p.m., enjoy train rides, a petting zoo, audio tours, visits with the Claus’, local food vendors and much more. Click here to purchase tickets

Lights of West 

Families can create Christmas magic at the Lights of West with many other attractions like pictures with a twenty-foot Santa or Snowman, or photos with the live Santa on select weekends. Concessions, a light maze and letters to Santa are sure to keep your kiddos entertained. New this year: roast marshmallows and enjoy a Christmas movie under the lighted pavilion. The park will be open nightly, 6—10 p.m.

North Pole Palooza

At the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd., enjoy an exciting Christmas experience featuring ice skating, Santa, hot cocoa, snow games, petting zoos, ice bars and much more at North Pole Palooza! This extravaganza runs until December 17.

Wild Lights @ Cameron Park 

Enjoy a spectacular light show at Cameron Park Zoo all month long! Every night from 6—9 p.m. kids and adults can walk around the Zoo and meet Santa. Get your tickets online, including admission during the day. 

Christmas at the Silos

Starting Friday, it’s a month of merry at the Silos, 601 Webster Ave.! They’ve got all sorts of fun planned to keep you in the Christmas spirit. Gather your loved ones and delight in the holiday season together. For more information visit their website.

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness

The Mayborn Museum has brought a new type of exhibit to Central Texas. XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness is a fun, interactive exhibit that teaches children and adults how to understand, appreciate and express emotions. The exhibit will run until January 7. Tickets start at $14. Click here for more information

Thursday, December 7

Open Paint

Hammer & Stain, 214 South 11th St., is hosting an open paint event from 2—6 p.m. All are welcome to walk in and grab a project from their ‘open paint’ selection to create a special masterpiece. 

Hewitt Chamber Christmas Tree Lighting

Be sure to stop by Warren Park at 5:30 p.m. Hewitt Chamber’s Christmas Tree lighting. Grab a cookie and hot cocoa while enjoying Midway ISD’s Christmas carolers, vendors and food trucks. Santa and the Grinch will also be making an appearance!

Karaoke Thursdays

Head over to Peewee Crabcakes, 108 Jim Dr., from 5:30—8:30 p.m. to enjoy po boys, shrimp, cajun crab cakes, catfish and amazing karaoke from K Entertainment. 

Paint & Sip

Balcones Distilling, 225 South 11th St., is hosting a Christmas-themed Paint-N-Sip event. From 5:30—7:30 p.m., head over to this fun event filled with art, relaxation and plenty of festive spirit. All materials will be provided. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Steak Night

J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave., is hosting a delectable steak dinner. From 6—9 p.m., come enjoy a beef filet, salad and two sides for $20, along with half-off bottles of wine. 

Darts Tournament 

Clicks’ Billiards, 1200 Richland Dr., is hosting its weekly darts tournament starting at 7 p.m.

Geeks who drink

Get your facts right because it’s Trivia Night at Truelove’s Bar, located at 414 Franklin Ave. This evening consists of 60 questions over a two-hour period starting at 7 p.m. There are plenty of chances to win free drinks and prizes throughout the evening!

“A Night of Christmas Cheer” by Community Cancer Association

Cancer survivor Karen Mills is making her way to the Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave., for “A Night of Christmas Cheer”. From 7—10 p.m., listen to Mills and others share their humor on stage. A limited number of seats are available for this event. Click here to purchase tickets.

Songwriter night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 7 p.m. 

Uptown Sing, Pinewood Coffee Bar, 2223 Austin Avenue, 7:30—9:30 p.m.  

Friday, December 8

Eastside Pop-Up

One Day Bar, 618 Columbus Ave., is having a special Eastside Market pop-up experience. From 5—10 p.m., shop local business vendors, food, drinks and live music. 

A Dr Pepper Christmas

The Dr Pepper Museum, 416 Mary Ave., is hosting its “A Dr Pepper Christmas”. From 6—9 p.m., take free photos with Santa, sit in on story time, make DIY crafts and much more. This event is free to the public. 

Storytime with the Grinch at Fabled

The Grinch himself is coming down from Mt. Crumpit for Story Time. In partnership with Fabled Story Lady, from 4:30—5:30 p.m. visit Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 S 4th St., enjoy a free story time along with crafts and treats. This event is free, but RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP today.  

Historic Waco: Candlelight Tours

Tour Historic Waco’s beautiful homes while they’re still decorated for the holidays! Tickets are $20 and include admittance into all three historic homes from 6—9 p.m. For tickets, visit their website.

Wheel Throwing Workshop

Black Oak Art, 1619 Franklin Ave., is hosting a wheel-throwing workshop. From 6—8 p.m., join in as one of Black Oak’s expert instructors guides participants through the basics of throwing on a pottery wheel. Whether it be a cup, vase, plate, bowl or something in between, come create your own masterpiece!  

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Dr., is hosting “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. From Dec. 7— 10 p.m. Enjoy this live adaption of everyone’s favorite animated television special. Click here to purchase tickets.  

Eric & Thomas, Segovia Wine Bar, 300 South 6th St., 7—9 p.m. 

Rich & Fam

Join Rich and Fam at Thrst Coffee shop, 1500 Colcord Ave., at 7:30 p.m. for live music, poetry and painting! There is a $12 cover charge at the door.

Nik Parr & the Selfless Lovers w/Suede, Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., 8—10 p.m. 

Saturday, December 9

Shopping & Brunch with Santa

Head over to the Lee Lockwood Library & Museum, 2801 West Waco Dr., for Historic Waco’s Shopping and Brunch with Santa. From 9 a.m.—12 p.m., shop business vendors, eat great food and a conversation with Santa himself. Click here to purchase tickets

Waco’s Downtown Farmer’s Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.1 p.m. and is located at 500 Washington Ave. This market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco. There is always live music and a featured local organization each week. For more information regarding upcoming events and weekly vendors visit their website.

Warehouse Extravaganza

Head over to Sendero Provisions, 5496 North State Highway 6, Woodway, TX, for their warehouse extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their deals include $10 hats and t-shirts, $5 bandanas, as well as deals on jackets, shirts, sweatshirts and much more. All proceeds will go to Mission Waco. 

Las Posadas and Taco Y Tamale Competition

The Hispanic Leaders’ Network is hosting the 2023 Las Posadas and Taco y Tamale Competition at the South Waco Community Center, 2815 Speight Ave. Come enjoy this free community event from 11 a.m.—2 p.m. 

Holiday History Celebration

Head over to the Taylor Museum of Waco, 701 Jefferson Ave. to enjoy its holiday history celebration. From 11 a.m.—6 p.m., enjoy an all-day vendor market, photos with Santa, face painting, reenactors, humane society pet adoption and much more. Admission is free, but donations of used linens and canned food are appreciated. 

BIPOC Holiday Market

Cha community, 1001 Franklin Avenue, is hosting their BIPOC holiday market. From 11 a.m.—3 p.m., come and support minority artists, creatives and small businesses as they showcase their creations. 

Monte Rose, Slow Rise on the Brazos, 1620 North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 6—8 p.m. 

Sunday, December 10

Sunday Funday at J.S Barnett’s Whiskey House

 J.S Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave., is hosting their Sunday Funday from 10 a.m.—7 p.m. Come enjoy award-winning brunch and cocktails, live music, outdoor games and karaoke. 

Oogie Boogie Christmas Market

Skellington Curiosities, 7524 Bosque Blvd., is hosting their Oogie Boogie Christmas Market. From 12—4 p.m., come and enjoy this family-friendly event, filled with vendors, food trucks, magic shows, a bounce house, live music and much more. 

Open Mic Night with Clinton Bon Slaughter, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6—11 p.m.