Country Dances at Belton Senior Center

Dec. 1, Old Friends performs

Dec. 15, Christmas dance with Larry Burgin, Texas Tradition

Dec. 19, Potluck Dinner with Quinton Locklin, “Frank Sinatra Christmas”

Bring a small food item for the snack table for the dances.

$5 suggested donation

For more information, call 254-939-1170.

842 Mitchell St., Belton

City of Harker Heights Gingerbread House Contest

Dec. 9

Judging: 5:30-8:30 p.m. during the annual Frost Fest celebration.

Make a 100 percent edible gingerbread structure (excluding baseboard) and drop it off at Frost Fest from 3 to 5 p.m. A gingerbread contest entry form must be submitted and can be found at

Market Heights Shopping Center, 201 E. Central Texas Expressway.

For information call, 254-953-5465.

City of Harker Heights 17th annual Heights Lights on Parade

Outdoor Lighting/Decorating Contest

Register through Dec. 1.

Judging and voting: Dec. 12 to 14.

6 p.m., Citywide

The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Christmas outdoor decorating contest within the city limits. Each division will have two categories: owner decorated and professionally decorated. There will be awards for first place, second place, and people’s choice in Division I, Division II, and Division IV. In Division III, there will be first place, second place, and people’s choice awarded per area. To register for this free, visit or stop by the Harker Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing, or the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail. For more information, call 254-953-5465.

Salado Ghostwalk

Dec. 1, 8 p.m.

$20, cash only

Arrive 10 minutes early to purchase tickets and light your lantern (provided). As twilight falls, meet at the lantern-lit “ghost wagon” across the street from the Stagecoach Inn in downtown Salado. The tour lasts for approximately 1½ hours and is recommended for ages 13 and older. Not wheelchair accessible.

A weather cancellation notice will be posted on the website by 6 p.m. the day of event.

For more, visit or email

A Christmas Carol at Tablerock

Dec. 2 and 3; Dec. 9 and 10

Concessions open at 6:30 p.m.

Show begins at 7 p.m.

$10 adults, $5 students; $3 children 12 and younger.

Tickets sold at the gate the night of performance. Tickets also available in advance at For group tickets (20 or more) call 254-947-9205.

Tablerock Amphitheater, Salado

For more information, email or visit

Santa at the Depot Temple Railroad and History Museum

Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Take part in the downtown family-friendly celebration. Santa will arrive by train at 10 a.m. and meet with kids throughout the day. Stop by for crafts, music and old-fashioned holiday fun.

315 W. Avenue B, Temple

For more information, call 254-298-5172 or visit

Friends of the Gatesville Public Library present A Celtic Christmas Concert with Jerry Barlow

Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.


The Friends of the Gatesville Public Library will welcome Celtic finger style guitarist Jerry Barlow for a special Celtic Christmas concert.

Gatesville Civic Center

301 Veterans Memorial Loop

For more information, call Faye Nichols at 254-865-5367. To learn more about Barlow, visit

Gatesville presents Christmas in the Park Lighted Drive-Thru Display

Dec. 10 – Jan. 1

Faunt Le Roy Park in Gatesville will be aglow with lighted and animated holiday displays from dusk to 11 p.m. Free admission, courtesy of local business sponsors. Concessions and Santa will be available on select nights.

At the end of South Seventh Street. For more information, call Cheri Shepherd at 254-865-8951 or email

The Derailers at the Cultural Activities Center

Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

The Derailers celebrate the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music.

$23 in advance

$27 at the door

3011 N. Third St., Temple

For more information, call 254-773-9926 or visit

Sammons Community Center 16th annual Senior Christmas Dinner

Dec. 13, 6-8:30 p.m.

$5 per person; reservations required.

Seniors age 50 and older are invited to this annual event as Santa and his helpers serve a traditional holiday feast. Musical entertainment is provided throughout the evening.

Make your reservations before Dec. 6, at the Blackmon Community Center (1807 Curtis B. Elliott Drive, Temple).

Frank J. Mayborn Center

3033 N. Third St., Temple

For more information, call 254-298-5403.

12th annual Schlotzky’s Jingle Bell Bun Run

Dec. 10

Half Marathon: 8:45 a.m.

5K: 9 a.m.

1K Family Fun Run: 10:30 a.m.

Preregistration closes Dec. 4

Race Day registration available.

Come run with Santa for the holidays. All races begin and end at the Pepper Creek Trail.

W. Highway 2305, Temple

For more information, call 254-298-5440.

Bend O’ the River Christmas

Dec. 17, 3-8 p.m.

See Cowboy Santa, enjoy Christmas caroling, wagon rides, arts and crafts and more.

7915 General Bruce Drive, Temple

For more information, call 254-298-5440 or visit

Second Annual New Year’s gala benefiting The Ralph Wilson Youth Club

Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. midnight

This black-tie event features live music by Austin band Blind Date; valet parking, craft cocktails, elegant cuisine and fireworks at midnight. Optional round-trip transportation is available (with sponsorship). Child care is available at the Ralph Wilson Youth Club for a donation. Optional room and brunch package are available. $275 per person, table sponsorship available.

Advanced reservations only.

For more information, contact Sherrie Wilson at 254-773-9001 or or visit

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