December begins this weekend, and as local residents say “goodbye” to fall and break out the winter holiday decorations, there are also plenty of events happening to put them in the holiday spirit. Everything from winter stage productions, Christmas fairs and markets, and holiday light displays will be sure to delight those looking for something to do.
Vive Les Arts Theatre is performing its seasonal show, “Elf Jr.,” based on the similarly named popular movie, this weekend and next. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m., and Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 to $14 and can be purchased online at www.vlakilleen.org.
The Copperas Cove Christmas Extravaganza will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at Cove City Park, 1206 W. Avenue B. Pony rides, vendors, food, hay rides, a tree lighting, and more will be available. Entry is $5 per carload.
The Carol of the Lights Christmas event will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Lampasas downtown courtyard square. Admission is $1 and visitors can access photos with Santa, kids’ activities, crafts, storytelling, vendors, and the Lighted Christmas Parade starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit www.lampasasdowntown.com.
The 26th annual Tri County Toy Run of Central Texas will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and will begin at the American Legion Post 133, 1300 S. 25th St., Temple. The escorted motorcycle ride will start at the post and end at 281 Café and Dance Hall, 300 S. Highway 281, Lampasas. Admission to ride is $10 or a donation of a new toy of equal or greater value. Free breakfast will be available in the morning and a free chili supper will meet the riders at their destination.
Camouflaged Sisters will hold the second annual Military Moms and BRATZ Ball from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. WS Young Drive in Killeen. The ball, which celebrates military children, will feature live entertainment, dinner, goodie bags, and a red carpet reception. Tickets are $75 for one mom and one child, and can be purchased at bit.ly/BRATZ2018. Fathers are also welcome to attend.
Operation Phantom Support is hosting its Touch of Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Moose Lodge, 125 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Harker Heights. Local food trucks, pictures with Santa, cupcake decorating, tournaments, games, and a petting zoo will be at this free event.
The Killeen Fire Department and Urban Air Trampoline Park are hosting the Kids First 5K race and 1K fun run at 8 a.m. Dec. 1 at 2102 Jennifer Drive, Killeen. Registration for kids eight and under is $20, adults are $35 and proceeds will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas.
Celebrate Killeen is hosting its Holiday Under the Stars event, featuring arts and crafts and more, from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Dibia DREAM is hosting a free STEM Saturday kids’event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at Marion J. and Alice W. Douse Community Center, 1002 Jefferis Ave., Killeen. The day’s theme, “Cars: Force and Motion,” will allow students to work with volunteers and professionals to engineer and race their own cars. Registration is free and can be completed at www.dibiadream.org.
The Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area annual Trail of Lights is open nightly from 5:30 to 11 p.m. until Jan. 6. The trail, which is at N. Nolan Road and Cottage Road in Belton, features miles of outdoor light displays and an opportunity to visit Santa’s Village for shopping and pictures with Santa. Cars, mini-vans, and pick-up trucks are $15 per carload.
The Carlson Christmas Light Show will be from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25 at 428 Winter Sun Drive, Harker Heights. Tune into FM 88.1 to listen to the coordinated holiday music.
The Killeen Public Library is hosting Story Time every Monday from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for kids eight and younger, and every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:15 to 11 a.m. for kids five and younger until Dec. 12 at the Copper Mountain Branch, 3000 S. WS Young Drive. The library also hosts a Crafternoon event for all ages every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Killeen Main Library, 205 E. Church Ave.
Every Sunday morning, a free group run is held at various locations. This week, runners of all ages and paces will meet from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Dana Peak Park trailhead in Harker Heights. Water and coffee will be provided.
Bronco Youth Center, 6602 Tank Destroyer Blvd., Fort Hood, offers a free Explore Learning and Playgroup from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Each session is geared toward children younger than 36 months old, but is open to all age groups. The class is hosted by ACS/FAP New Parent Support Program, a group of nurses and social workers that provide parenting education and support to families with children 3 years old and younger. Participants must have a valid military ID. For more information, call 254-287-2286.
Free, guided tours of the Lampasas County Courthouse occur each Saturday. Tours start at 2 p.m., except for major holiday weekends. The courthouse is on the downtown square, 501 E. Fourth St. Take the Loop 257 exit off U.S. Highway 190. Contact Linda Moore-Lanning at 512-564-5122, or Jim Rutland at 512-556-5302, during business hours.
The Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College features a variety of laser shows, movies, and other events based on astronomy. For show descriptions, a full schedule, and ticket prices go to www.starsatnight.org or call 254-526-1800.
Songsmith Salado chapter meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Salado Public Library, 1151 N. Main St. Membership is free and meetings consist of a discussion about the craft and business of music, friendly feedback on original songs, as well as guest speakers. Songsmith is a Texas-based nonprofit with the mission to discover, encourage and connect songwriters and musicians in Texas, especially in the Central Texas area. Su Heflin is the meeting coordinator for the Salado chapter. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 254-947-3427.
Copperas Cove Bass Club meetings are at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Lil Tex Restaurant, 502 S. Main St., Copperas Cove. Call 254-661-9274.
The Bell County Writers Guild meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Lena Armstrong Public Library, 301 E. First St., Belton. Call 254-231-1843.
The Mystery Book Club meets at 1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 201 E. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights. All mystery book lovers are welcome. For information, contact Marcene Saunders-Martinez at 830-357-8314.
Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. in Salado, will host live music by Kathryn Stredwyck from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30. BenJamin’ Guenther will perform at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1, followed by Martian Folk from 7 to 9 p.m. to coincide with the Christmas Stroll Market hosted outside during the day. Singer-songwriter, EMMI, will also perform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2.
Blends Wine Bar hosts live jazz music by Rodney Howell every Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. and will also hostlive music by JC Stringz from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 30. $5 cover, 21 and up only. Blends also serves brunch from noon to 2 p.m. every first and third Sunday of each month complete with a trivia competition. Brunch is $20, mimosas are $2 each, and drink specials run all day. For more information, call 254-613-4739. Blends Wine Bar is at 208 N. Penelope St., Belton.
Dirty Harry’s presents live music at 9 p.m. every Wednesday. No cover for ages 21 and older. Dirty Harry’s is at 206 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Harker Heights (next to King Pin Tattoos). For more information, call 254-680-6557.
Bo’s Barn Dance Hall and Club will host live music by Weldon Henson from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 30. Cover: $8. Billy Holt will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 1. Cover: $8. The dance hall is at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93, Temple. Catch karaoke from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, with a DJ until 1:30 a.m. Happy Hour is from 5 to 10 p.m. every Thursday, and 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. For more information, go to www.bosbarndancehall.com, or call 254-939-7131.
Chupacabra Craft Beer and Salado Lonestar Winery hosts free live music every Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. Chupacabra is at 401 S. Main St., Suite #105, Salado.
All-Year Pioneer Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Tractor Supply Company at 2002 E. Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, weather permitting. Go to www.facebook.com/pioneerfarmersmarket or call Heike at 254-458-8223 for more information.
Florence Market Days runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Florence City Hall, 106 S. Patterson Ave. Farm vendors, artisans, retail sales, cottage and food vendors and nonprofit organizations will be present.
Arts & Theater
Performances of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 30- Dec. 1, and Dec. 7- 8 at Tablerock Ampitheatre on Royal Street in Salado. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $3 for kids 12 and under.
The Lampasas County Museum, 303 S. Western Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.
The Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, will present a premier exhibition, “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” until Jan. 6. The exhibit features more than 150 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories. The exhibit is a chronological journey through the ship’s construction, to life on board, to the ill-fated sinking and amazing artifact rescue efforts. Tickets for the exhibit are on sale at baylor.edu/mayborn. Patrons of the Waco/McLennan County and Hewitt Public Libraries system can also borrow a museum membership at no cost at any time. For more information, call 254-710-1104.
The Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St., Belton, is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 254-933-5243 or go to www.bellcountymuseum.org for more information.
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Ave. B, Temple, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and hosts a themed family day on the first Saturday of the month. “Santa at the Depot” will be the theme this Saturday, and visitors are welcome to attend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to www.templerrhm.org or call 254-298-5172 for more information.
RAW — Royal Street Art Walk is from 6 to 9 p.m. every fourth Friday of the month through November along Royal Street in Salado. Promoting visual art, the featured galleries include Bentons Custom Jewelry, FSG Fine Jewelry, Ro Shaw Clay Studio, Salado Glassworks, Sirril Art Gallery, and Barrow Brewing Co. Call Salado Glassworks at 254-947-0339 or visit www.royalstreetartwalk.com for more information.
The Lions Club Park Senior Center hosts a dance for seniors 55 and older from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every first, second, and third Tuesday of the month at the Killen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Highway. Admission is free and attendees are asked to bring a food dish to share.
In the Mood Ballroom will be closed this weekend, but hosts dance lessons of various styles throughout the week and is located at 13 and 15 S. Main St., Temple. For more information on future events or classes, call 254-773-7088, email Karen.Keith@inthemoodballroom.com, or go to inthemoodballroom.com.
Club Fuego, 704 Edwards Drive in Harker Heights, features Latin music and dancing every Thursday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Ladies are free before 11 p.m. Call 857-294-5604 for more information.
Main Street Tejano Club, 201 S. Main St., Temple, has a DJ/live music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. Call 254-541-8329 or go to www.mainstreettejano.club.
Pan American Club, 575 Pan American Drive, Harker Heights, features Tejano, Norteño and Cumbia music. Call 254-690-2882 for more information.
Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive, Temple, hosts music every Saturday and Sunday. DJ Benjamin will play from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Nov. 30. No cover. DJ Tejano Paulwill perform from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 1. No cover. Call 254-771-1364 for more information.