The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

November 23—26

7 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

Happy Thanksgiving Waco! While you’re munching on your Thanksgiving feasts, consider venturing out to Waco after. 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

North Pole Palooza

At the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd., enjoy an exciting Christmas experience featuring ice skating, Santa, cocoa, snow games, petting zoos, ice bars and much more at North Pole Palooza! This extravaganza is from November 24 until December 17.

Wild Lights

The Wild Lights return to Cameron Park Zoo with a stroll through a wonderland of light displays that will delight the whole family. Enjoy treats and drinks, photos with Santa — or mail him a letter straight to the North Pole — and plenty of whimsical scenes. Tickets are $10-$15 for the Wild Lights, or purchase a zoo admission combo ticket for $20-$25.

Lights of West

Families can create Christmas magic at the Lights of West with many other attractions like pictures with their 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.

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.

Homestead Fair

On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy shopping, craft activities, seminars, hayrides and food at the Homestead Heritage Fair, 608 Dry Creek Road. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness

The Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., has a new exhibit all about understanding emotions. This interactive exhibit is perfect for families and is open until January 7, 2024. Ticket prices are available on the museum’s website.

Thursday, November 23

Waco Turkey Trot

Work up a big appetite for Thanksgiving at the Waco Turkey Trot! Tickets range from $15-50 for either the one-mile fun run/walk or the 5K. The race begins at 8 a.m. at 500 Austin Ave. For more information and to register, visit their website.

Mission Waco Annual Thanksgiving Lunch 

Join Mission Waco in volunteering or donating to their annual Thanksgiving Lunch hosted at the Meyer Center, 1226 Washington Ave. There will be a chapel service starting at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and a round of BINGO!

Friday, November 24

Women’s Basketball: Baylor vs. McNesse

Cheer on your Lady Bears at the Ferrell Center, 1900 S University Parks Dr., at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on Baylor Athletics website.

Royce, Lounge ‘93, 6:30—9:30 p.m.

The Droptines, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30—11:30 p.m. 

Saturday, November 25

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. The market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco, plus live music and a featured local organization each week in the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot at 500 Washington Ave. Visit their website to view a calendar of upcoming events.

Improv Against Humanity Comedy Show

It’s a post-Thanksgiving tradition and one of our most popular shows! Improv Against Humanity is based on that infamous card game, and not for the faint of heart! This show is rated R and is at 7524 Bosque Blvd. at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now on their website.

Sunday, November 26

Super Smash Bros Tournament

Bare Arms Brewing, 2515 La Salle Ave., is hosting a Super Smash Bros Tournament from 12—4 p.m.!

Central Texas Jazz Society, Segovia Wine Bar, 12—3 p.m.

Waco Autistic Adult Group

From 2—3:30 p.m. at Bitty and Beau’s Coffee, 110 Franklin Ave., for the afternoon adults on the autism spectrum can socialize with one another. This event is for adults only (18+), caregivers, family adult members are welcome.

Open Mic Night, Lakeside Bar & Live music, 6—11 p.m.

Karaoke & Service Industry Night

Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 1613 James Ave., is hosting a karaoke night from 7 p.m.—12 a.m.! Play games, sing songs and drink local brews all in one spot. If you are a service industry worker, enjoy a discount on certain drinks.