Things to Do Around Christmas in Waco, Texas

The absolute most wonderful time of the year- Thanksgiving is celebrated on one day, but Christmas is an entire season! Nothing is better than beautiful Christmas lights, the fresh evergreen tree smell, and warm drinks in cold weather. Looking for things to do with the family this upcoming Christmas season? Follow along with us to see our favorite Waco experiences this Winter. Celebrate these with friends and family and make some fun memories to last a lifetime. 

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Christmas in Waco


Info: Downtown Waco’s three day celebration of holiday fun and cheer. Tree lighting, fireworks, parade, snow tube hill, ferris wheel, Santa, music and entertainment. Shop at the Mistletoe Market with local food, drink, and merchant vendors. The Santa House is offering free photos with Santa. Check the website for more info and the schedules. 

Dates: December 2-4

Location: Heritage Square in Downtown Waco 


Info: A Baylor tradition, this event showcases the beautiful lights and decorations on campus. Open to the public, this is an annual event with lights, horse-drawn carriages, ice rinks, face painting, food trucks, and all the holiday festivities! 

Date: December 1st 5-10 

Location: Baylor University campus 


Info: What’s better than Magnolia? Magnolia during Christmas! Walk around the Silos during Christmas and shop for all of your loved ones. Enjoy the food trucks, bakery, and a holiday movie (purchase tickets for this). 

Date: Early December

Location: Magnolia Silos


Info: A normal experience at the Dr. Pepper museum, but with the added fun of the holiday season! Make your very own soda with added flavors such as peppermint, gingerbread, cranberry, cinnamon, and cream. 


Location: Dr. Pepper Museum


Info: A holiday light show at the zoo! Along with lights, attendees can visit Santa, listen to the carolers sing your favorite holiday hits, grab a cub of hot cocoa and try many of the tasty treats available from local food trucks and vendors.

Dates: Wednesdays-Sundays from November 25- December 31 

Location: Cameron Park Zoo


Info: “Choose your color and a neat design and create a holiday keepsake for the Christmas season! Ornaments are $42 each and take approximately 15 minutes to create.”

Dates: November 11- middle of December on Fridays and Saturdays

Location: Stanton Studios


Info: The combined Baylor University Choirs and the Baylor Symphony Orchestra present sacred hymns and popular Christmas favorites, as well as a procession with candles and an audience sing-along of familiar carols. 

Dates: December 1,2, 4

Location: Jones Concert Hall


Info: Cookies, hot cocoa, tree lighting, and a live performance by Midway choir!

Date: December 7 5:30 pm

Location: Hewitt Park


Info: Experience the Village at the Mayborn Museum during the holidays. Lights, petting zoo, Santa, and audio tours!

Date: December 11 6-8 pm


Info: Drive through Christmas light experience!

Date: November 23- December 30

Location: 2818 Wiggins Rd., West TX

Info: Complimentary pictures with Santa, cookies, and Christmas lights!

Date: Friday, December 2nd – 4 to 6 p.m.

  • Saturday, Dec. 3rd – 9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, Dec. 9th – 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10th – 9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, Dec. 16th – 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 17th – 9 a.m. to noon | 1 to 4 p.m.

Location: Highway 84 Location

Info: Watch the holiday classic with family and friends!

Date: December 11 2 pm

Location: Waco Hall, Baylor University

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