Holiday events abound
Christmas activities are taking place daily in the Temple area, and today we are going to focus on concerts, parades and performances that are full of the holiday spirit! And, a little Christmas tale!
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2021
‘TIS THE SEASON
The 11th annual Chrome & Carols Festival of Trees will be held live at Horny Toad Harley-Davidson and online at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Chrome & Carols coming to Horny Toad
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Get revved up for the holidays with the 11th annual Chrome & Carols Festival of Trees fundraiser for the United Way of Central Texas.
After last year’s virtual-only event, the fundraiser is back live at Horny Toad Harley-Davidson starting at 6 p.m. Thursday but there also is a virtual option, according to Veshell Green of the United Way.
This year, there will be 18 Christmas trees designed and professionally decorated by Seleese Thompson and her Precious Memories crew. Seleese has been involved with Chrome & Carols since its inception.
Sixteen of the trees will be raffled live and online, and each of these trees will have gifts valued at more than $1,000 underneath. The other two trees — including a Harley-Davidson tree, will be auctioned live and will have higher-value gifts beneath them.
“We are excited to be back at Horney Toad Harley-Davidson and we expect a large turnout,” Greene said. “Horny Toad has been our partner from the start.”
In addition to the tree raffle and live auction, there also will be a silent auction for specialty items.
Tickets to Chrome & Carols can be purchased online at https://www.uwct.org.
Participants will have the option of purchasing virtual tickets or live event tickets at the Website.
Online bidding tickets are $20 and are for guests who do not wish to attend Chrome & Carols in person. You must be an Online Bidding Ticket Holder to be eligible for raffle tree drawings and silent auction. Online bidding ticket holders will not have access to the live auction event, Greene said.
There also is a $55 ticket for guests who would like to attend Chrome & Carols in person at the Horny Toad Harley-Davidson event venue.
Raffle tickets may be purchased online for $1 each or in person Thursday night for $50 (70 tickets) or $100 (200 tickets)j.
‘NUTCRACKER’ WITH A LONE STAR TWIST
Here’s a scene from the 2018 performance of “The Texas Nutcracker." This year, The Classical Ballet Conservatory at Lisa’s Dance Connection will put on three shows — Dec. 10-12 at the Cultural Activities Center.
Texas Nutcracker gives tradition the boot
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Get ready for a familiar story with a Lone Star twist.
The Classical Ballet Conservatory at Lisa’s Dance Connection is bringing three performances of “The Texas Nutcracker” to Temple’s Cultural Activities Center on Dec. 10, 11 and 12.
“Basically it’s the same story and dancing as the original ‘Nutcracker’ but we’ve renamed and rebranded some of the characters with Texas icons,” said Marci Beeksma, director of the Classical Ballet Conservatory.
About 88 local dancers ranging in age from 5 to adult will portray the story of Clara as she dreams her way through a thrilling battle between cowpokes and jackrabbits led by the mysterious Jack-a-lope.
The Texas variation of “Nutcracker” is actually a remnant from the now defunct Newcomb School of Ballet in Killeen where Beeksma taught and performed.
“I grew up in the Newcomb School of Ballet and we did the ‘Nutcracker’ every year,” she said. “But every fourth year we switched it up with the Texas version. Our director, Renee Gillenwater, designed and choreographed ‘The Texas Nutcracker’ in the 1990s.”
The Newcomb School of Ballet, founded by Margaret Newcomb in 1958, closed in 2016 and Beeksma brought her dancing skills to Lisa’s in Temple and started the Conservatory with 35 dancers. Today, more than 100 are involved in the ballet program.
“We started performing ‘Nutcracker’ in 2017 and this will be our second time to perform the Texas version,” Beeksma said.
“The Texas Nutcracker” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12. Tickets available at https://www.cacarts.org/events-tickets.
Here’s a scene from a previous year’s “Nutcracker Ballet” performed by the Classical Ballet Conservatory.
Aladdin Jr. opens Friday at TCT
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The curtain rises Friday on the Temple Civic Theater production of Aladdin Jr.
Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and 2014 Broadway show, Aladdin Jr. is about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within, TCT spokesperson Regina Corley today.
“The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment,” she said. “Aladdin and his friends — Babkak, Omar and Kassim — are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and a genie who has the power to grant three wishes.”
Wanting to earn the respect of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character, Corley explained.
“With expanded characters, new songs and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up a whole new world for young performers,” she said.
Aladdin Jr. will be presented Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12 at TCT.
"I am incredibly excited for our production of Aladdin Jr. to take the stage this Friday night,” said director Kayla Stewart. “Our show has 59 students ranging from 7-18 years old who have worked tirelessly to make this happen.”
“Aladdin Jr. is a fast paced show filled with magic, mayhem, and fanfare,” she said. “I cannot wait to share this production with our community.”
For show times and to purchase tickets visit templecivictheatre.com.
Rescue Elves deadline is Dec. 1
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Temple Fire & Rescue is accepting donations for its annual Rescue Elves Program, which provides toys for children in need during the holidays.
“We simply want to help our community and bring joy to children during the holidays,” Fire Chief Mitch Randles said. “We also want to bring parents some ease when it comes to having presents under the tree.”
Temple residents are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys to any Temple fire station through Dec. 1. Monetary donations also will be accepted. Checks must be made payable to Temple Fire & Rescue with Rescue Elves. Checks can be mailed to Central Fire Station, 210 North 3rd Street, Temple, TX 76501.
In addition, sponsoring opportunities are also available. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please contact Susan Randles at (417) 540-4586 or Leandra Scottini at (254) 298-5682.
Families are selected in cooperation with Temple and Belton ISDs.
Temple bands ready to jingle
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It’s almost holiday concert time for Temple Independent School District.
Jazz Bands across the school district, including the popular Highlighters from Temple High, will be performing Merry Christmas & All That Jazz on Friday, Dec. 10, at the Meredith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Temple High’s Winter Band Concert will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in the THS Auditorium.
On Monday, Dec. 13, the Temple High School Orchestra will perform a selection of Christmas music beginning at 7 p.m. in the THS Auditorium.
The Temple High Choirs will take their turn to perform with The Holiday Gift on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the THS Auditorium.
TSO holiday show is Saturday
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It’s been about two years since the full Temple Symphony Orchestra took to the stage, but that all changes Saturday, Dec. 4, with The Holiday Concert.
According to conductor Thomas Fairlie — maestro of the Temple Symphony since 1994 — the orchestra has been waiting a long time for this performance.
“For the first time since the pandemic began, I stepped back on the podium this past Monday,” Fairlie said. “We will have three rehearsals to get ready for The Holiday Concert. Our musicians are professionals — they will be ready.”
This special show will be on Dec. 4 at Temple High School’s auditorium, the original home of the Temple Symphony Orchestra.
Show time is 7:30 p.m.
The Holiday Concert will feature soprano Priscilla Santana and tenor Brian Joyce, and it will be the first performance of the season for the complete orchestra.
“We will have about 75 musicians for the Holiday Concert,” Fairlie said. “We are definitely ready for this.”
For ticket information, visit www.TempleSymphony.org.
Toy Drive is Friday at Fire Base Brewing
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A downtown street party will help provide hundreds of toys, books and stuffed animals to Temple kids in need.
Sammy G’s fourth annual toy drive will be Friday, Dec. 3, in front of Fire Base Brewing Company, and donations go toward the Temple Police Department’s Blue Santa program. Blue Santa provides Christmas gifts for Temple children age 14 and under.
“There’s a big need right here in our hometown,” said Sammy ‘G’ Gamino, who started his toy drive four years ago along with the King Solomon Lodge in Temple. “Together, we can bring smiles to children’s faces this Christmas.”
The block party is being hosted by Fire Base Brewing Company, 8 South 1st Street in Temple.
“We’re asking residents to bring a new unwrapped toy or book to the party,” said J.D. McBride, co-owner of Fire Base. “We’re going to sweeten the deal — bring in a new toy and we’ll take a buck off your first beer.”
75th Temple Christmas Parade is Dec. 6
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Relive the magic that has been going through downtown Temple every Christmas for decades.
The 75th version of Temple’s Christmas Parade is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 6, and this year’s theme is “The Magic of a Traditional Christmas.”
The parade starts at the intersection of East Adams Avenue and North 8th Street, then proceeds west down Adams to North 23rd Street before turning north to Temple High School.
Parking will be available at City Hall, downtown and along the parade route. Be sure and take a lawn chair.
The 1.4 mile parade should last about an hour-and-a-half. Streets will reopen immediately after the parade — 6th and 8th Streets in the parade area will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. so entries can line up.
At 5:45 p.m., Adams Avenue will be closed along the parade route. Temple Mayor Tim Davis will light City Hall’s Christmas decorations and the Christmas Tree located in the Municipal Parking Lot.
The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. with more than 100 entries, and at 7:20 p.m., Santa begins his trip down Adams on a specially designed float.
A very special Christmas on Dec. 10
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A free community event for individuals with special needs and their families will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Wilson Park Recreation Center.
The Center is located at 2205 Curtis B. Elliott Drive in Temple.
The event is open to all ages but families must attend together — there will be no drop-offs for this event.
There will be games and activities, as well as light refreshments and crafts. Santa will be at the Center for photos.
Snow party coming to Bend of the River
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Temple Parks & Recreation will hold its 5th annual Bend of the River Christmas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.
The event will feature two snow slides, The Bubble Magician, barrel train rides and a snow party.
Tickets are $5 and kids age 2 and under are free.
There will be arts and crafts, face painting and an appearance by Cowboy Santa.
Winter Water Wonderland is Dec. 10
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Better hurry up for this one — it’s limited to 60 people.
Take a break from the holiday rush and relax by the pool from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Sammon Indoor Pool.
This Holiday-Themed Swim Party will feature crafts, snacks and swim time.
Work on the street is Santa will be making a surprise appearance.
Register by calling (254) 298-5930.
Family Candy Cane Hunt at Pepper Creek
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Families will work together to find hidden candy canes and special treats on this Candy Cane Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Pepper Creek Trail.
Have fun and enjoy a nature walk.
Pre-registration is required at https://bit.ly/3xe4hVG.
Participants will meet at the Pepper Creek Parking Lot behind the Baylor Scott & White facilities just off Kegley Road.
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
NOTE: This is a story told to me by my dad, Jack Stone, shortly before he lost a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was a longtime fixture in Central Texas and the Temple community.
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Christmas has always been a special time of year for my family, just as it is for many Americans. But for rural Central Texans in the 1940s, the holiday was less about presents and more about spending the day with family, gorging on a traditional feast and taking a break from the daily rigors of farm life.
It’s not that we went without — we didn’t. But as the eighth of nine kids in a sharecropping family, I didn’t expect a huge haul under the tree.
No, to me it was about Christmas dinner, and boy could Mama fix a spread.
Turkey, ham and dressing were abundant, and there were plenty of side dishes — cranberries and cranberry sauce, green beans and sweet potatoes, to name a few. Mama’s dessert table seemed to go on forever. We had mince meat pies, buttermilk pies, fruit pies, fruitcake, chocolate cake and some sort of coconut dessert. Of course, with any meal of this magnitude, a long nap often followed.
Christmas dinner was a source of pride for Mama, and every Christmas she seemed to raise the bar set the previous year. But that streak was in peril during the holiday season of 1949.
The fiercest winter storm of my 13 years of memories arrived Dec. 22, just as Mama began planning the latest version of her Christmas feast.
Winter storms in Central Texas are often mild compared to cold weather in the Northeast and Midwest, but that year we had a doozy. Arctic winds plummeted temperatures into the 20s during the day and around zero at night and they were accompanied by freezing rain and sleet, turning the countryside into what we kids thought was a true Winter Wonderland, a rare treat for our neck of the woods. The fun quickly dissipated as we realized that bad weather meant additional chores.
The following day, the weather went from bad to impossible, and we began to wonder how this storm would affect our Christmas. Mama worried her holiday meal was in real jeopardy.
Our farm was a good 15 miles north of Marlin, and the road leading to town was mostly dirt with patches of gravel in front of the scattered farm houses. As the winter storm descended, the dirt quickly became mud, and after the school bus came our way a couple times, the mud became rutted, bringing travel to a halt.
The night of Dec. 23, Papa announced that there would, indeed, be a family feast on Christmas. He had a plan to brave the elements and make the 30-mile round trip to Cashway’s market.
We had a family car — a 1936 Ford — but it would be no match for the muddy, rutted roads connecting our farm to the store. This, Papa said, was a job for Queen and Hulley.
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“You boys up?” I heard Papa bellow. “I need to get going.”
I didn’t know what time it was, only that it was earlier than our day normally started, and that was pretty early.
It was cold in the house — extremely cold. We had a wood burning stove going all night and Mama had added wood to the cook stove the night before for added warmth. My sister Louise had warmed bricks by the stove and placed a few at the foot of each bed before turning in. But by now, fires in both stoves had burned down and the bricks had long-since cooled.
We had limited electricity at the farm, which means we had lights but no heat or air.
The house was cold and ice had formed in closets and other out-of-the-way places.
I was the first out of bed, and as I looked up at Papa, he smiled and summoned the older boys.
“Out of bed,” he said. “Let’s get those mules fed and harnessed.”
We had several mules on the farm, but Papa chose Queen and Hulley for their speed and reliability. They were strong, long-legged mules suited for pulling in adverse conditions.
As bad as Mama wanted the ingredients for her Christmas feast, she hated the idea of Daddy going out in the storm.
“Charlie, you’re going to freeze to death” she said with a great deal of worry in her voice. “I just don’t think this is a good idea.”
I couldn’t help but wonder if Mrs. Claus didn’t say the same thing to Santa before the start of his annual trek.
Yes, it definitely was cold enough to freeze, but Mama bundled Daddy in layer after layer of warm clothing. Winter long handles were topped with a quilted denim jumper and two pairs of overalls. He wore two pairs of wool socks and high-top lace-up shoes.
“Take this blanket,” Mama said. “It might help.”
“It might, Mama, but what’s really gonna help is Jack’s wagon sheet. Peaches and Billy Kyle are putting it up now.”
Earlier that year, at Papa’s request, I had designed a tarp to cover the wagon load, the driver and the mules up to their manes. My design had extra grommets to hold up during a high wind, and it laced on the corners. It used wooden bows to hold the sheet up similar to the covering on a Conestoga wagon. The covering would do little against the cold but at least it would keep Papa dry and out of the wind. I had taken my design to a fellow in Marlin who made wagon tarps, and when it was finished I gave it to Daddy.
By the time the older boys brought the wagon to the front of the house, ol’ Queen and Hulley already were covered in ice. Papa gave Mama a big kiss, climbed aboard and bundled up. The journey had begun.
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The ride was harsh and the wheels made a sucking sound as they pulled through the mud. Ruts were deep, so deep the team’s walking speed was neutralized, and the wagon crept south toward Cashway’s.
The closer Papa got to Marlin, the ruttier the road became. Out by our farm, there was little traffic. But, as he got closer to town, increased traffic meant more ruts. The 15-mile ride to town took better than five bone-chilling hours.
When he arrived at Cashway’s, Papa could barely jump from the apple crate that he called a seat. Truth is, the crate was a holdover from a previous trip for Christmas supplies.
A friendly face met Papa at the door. It was shop owner Paul Shiblet, a longtime friend of the family.
“I had a feeling you were coming,” Paul said. “I got supplies waiting for you. First things first, though. Charlie, you gotta warm up.”
Shiblet led Papa to a heater in the store office and poured a cup of soup.
“Try some of this.” he said. “It should help. And there’s more where that came from.”
“Thanks, but this will do me,” Papa said. “I better get on the road.”
It was well past noon when Papa loaded up the wagon with crates of apples, oranges, grapefruit and nuts, as well as ingredients for the Christmas feast. He even packed a bat and ball as a Christmas gift for us kids.
On the way home, the winter slush was falling harder, limiting visibility. The roads were worse leaving town because of Daddy’s own fresh ruts. After traveling less than a mile Papa was wishing he had drunk that second cup of warmth.
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Back home, we knew what Papa was up against, and we were worried. We kept busy chopping wood and tending to the livestock.
A lot of wood was cut that winter on Stone land. Mesquite and oak provided my family with warmth and cooking fires. It took a ton of wood to heat the old house during sub-freezing weather.
We used axes and shovels to break holes in the ice covering farm ponds, allowing our cows, horses and mules to drink. It was so cold the holes had to be cleared every hour or so because they kept refreezing. We had many ponds so it was a never-ending struggle.
Mama and the girls paid visits to some of our elderly neighbors, making sure they were warm enough and had plenty to eat. Just in case, Mama brought along some of her famous fruitcake, a treat highly anticipated by friends and relatives.
Mama began making fruitcakes about two weeks before Thanksgiving, and they were long gone by New Year’s Day.
She put pecans and walnuts in the pans first so they would be on top of the finished project. Although the ingredients varied a bit from year to year depending on what she had, the cakes were usually chock full of candied dates, cherries, pineapple and cranberries, and sweetened with molasses.
As a devout Christian, Mama never added wine or brandy to her cakes — in fact, alcohol wasn’t allowed in the house — but she did sprinkle the case with fruit juice to keep them moist. Two cakes were eaten during Thanksgiving and the rest saved for gifts and Christmas.
Mama didn’t realize the juice and fruits fermented as the weeks passed. By late December, the cakes were fairly stout.
Over the years, she was asked many times for her recipe. She would chuckle.
“I don’t have a recipe. I just made it from memory.”
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The ride home took Daddy seven treacherous hours. It had rained and sleeted for days, and the storm became increasingly worse as he left Marlin that Christmas Eve.
Queen and Hulley had lost a step in the bitter cold and were now covered in sheets of ice. Wind had managed to blow under the wagon sheet, leaving Papa cold, wet and miserable. The situation was dire. Still, they trudged on.
By late afternoon, we were all more than just a bit antsy. We all glimpsed down the road frequently but all we could see was blowing precipitation. The minutes seemed like hours, and the temperature was dropping fast.
I was loading wood into the stove when my brother Dub burst through the door.
“I see something,” he shouted. “I’m not sure, but it might be him.”
I’ll never forget the sight of Queen and Hulley trudging through the ice and mud with a beaming Papa Charlie at the helm. No, it wasn’t Rudolph pulling Santa’s sleigh, but to me, it was better.
The wagon pulled right up to the front porch and Mama immediately helped Papa down from his crate.
“C’mon Charlie, let’s get you warm.”
Us kids formed a line to unload the precious cargo. The bigger boys lifted the crates and passed them down the line toward the front door.
Papa thawed, then Mama examined the merchandise.
“This is great! Now it’s time to get cooking.”
I’m not sure where Papa had stashed the bat and ball, but they sure put smiles on our faces Christmas morning.
Earl Nottingham book signing is Friday
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Precious Memories Florist & Gift Shop, 17 N. 2nd Street in Temple, will host a book signing for Earl Nottingham from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.
In “Wild Focus,” Nottingham provides a unique perspective on Texas, featuring images of woods, waters and wildlife of the Lone Star state.
Nottingham is chief photographer for Texas Parks & Wildlife and its magazine, and his engaging photography provides a cohesive overview of biodiversity and the state of conservation in Texas.
His photos include landscapes, nature and wildlife, and photojournalistic coverage of events such as natural disasters.
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Temple Public Library
TEEN CRAFT CORNER: Every 4th Monday at 5 p.m. Join us for Teen Craft Corner! Take a break from the stresses of school and life, and create something fun during our monthly craft program! Our crafts will include projects such as string art, painting, learning about artists and their techniques, mixed media, and so much more! All supplies provided. (254) 298-5557
GREAT BOOKS ADULT BOOK CLUB: 2nd and 4th Mondays at 6 p.m. Seminal texts of Western civilization, pre-20th century philosophers, scientists and novelists. Readings span from Homer and Plato to Nietzsche and Freud. (254) 298-5557
BABY BOOKWORMS (Ages 0-12 months: Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. A half-hour of book sharing, rhymes, songs, exercises and parachute play. (254) 298-5557
SCHOOL-AGE STORY TIME (K-3rd Grade): Every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. A half-hour of short films, stories and constructive play. (254) 298-5557
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME (Ages 3-5): Songs, stories, and a variety of literacy activities. (254) 298-5557
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS (Ages 12-18): First Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. Looking to explore the world of D&D but not sure where to start? Join us at the Library for our Beginners Dungeons & Dragons Program!
Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum
FACING THE INFERNO: THE WILDFIRE PHOTOGRAPHY OF KARI GREER: Colorful, intimate, and intensely dramatic images that capture the work of wildland firefighters in this new exhibit that runs through Jan. 15. Amazing photography. First responders and immediate family will be admitted free through Dec. 3.
December 1, Wednesday - Comedy Open Mic at Corkys. 8 p.m.
December 2, Thursday — Die Hard at The Beltonian. It IS. a Christmas movie!. 6 p.m.
December 2, Thursday — Taproom Trivia at Fire Base Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
December 3, Friday — Mark Richey at Bo’s Barn. 8 p.m.
December 3, Friday - Christmas and Holiday Season First Friday downtown Temple. 5 p.m.
December 3, Friday - Sammy G’s Toy Drive Block Party at Fire Base Brewing. 7 p.m.
December 3, Friday - Clint Walker Blues Band is back at O’Briens Irish Pub. 9 p.m.
December 3, Friday - Karaoke Night at Spare Time. Pick your favorite tune and come ready to WOW the crowd! Join us every Friday from 9 pm to midnight! Don't forget to enjoy our full-service restaurant and bar while you wait for your turn!
December 3, Friday - Late-Night Karaoke at Corky’s. Join DJ Bryan of Hogue Productions who brings you the favorite hits for the crowds singing pleasure. Whether you want to watch the singers, or try it out yourself, Friday Night Karakoe is fun for one and all. 10 p.m. to midnight.
December 3, Friday - Stations of the Nativity at Saint Luke’s Catholic Church, 2807 Oakdale in Temple. The Stations are followed by cookies, hot chocolate and activities for children including stories, cookie decorating, and advent themed crafts in the Parish Hall. Join your friends and families at St Lukes for fellowship and create a new family advent tradition this year. 7 p.m.
December 3, Friday - Nolanville Night Market Grinch Fest. Whoville characters, photo ops with The Grinch. Artisans and vendors. 6 p.m.
December 3-4 - Christmas on the Chilsom Trail, Central Avenue and East Street in Belton. 6 p.m.
December 3-5 — Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at Temple Civic Theatre.
December 3,4,10,11 — “A Christmas Carol” at Tablerock Amphitheater in Salado. 7 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - The Elks Hoop Shoot, funded by the Elks National Foundation, is a free throw contest for children 8-13. Celebrating 50 years of developing gritty kids. Held at the Ralph Wilson Youth Club.1515 S. 21st St., Temple. 11 a.m.
December 4, Saturday - Fleece Fun Over Cocoa Class at Sammons Community Center. 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your grandchildren to Sammons to create a memorable experience by working together to make a fleece scarf! Enjoy some hot chocolate and refreshments to celebrate the completion of your unique creation. Each person who signs up will walk away with their very own handmade scarf. All materials are provided. Pre-registration is required. $7 Per Person, all ages welcome!
December 4, Saturday - Photos with Santa at Horny Toad Harley-Davidson. Bring your own camera or smartphone and get Free photos with Santa! Limited 3-photos per group.11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Proctor Victory Garden's Mobile Mercantile full of artisanal pickles & pepper jellies will be at Barrow Brewing Company’s Christmas Market during The Salado Stroll. Drop by 108 Royal Street in Salado to sample our briney faire! Noon to 7 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Todd Snider, Cultural Activities Center, 7:30 p.m.
December 4, Saturday — Marcus Lindsey at Bo’s Barn, 9 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Preschool Story Time at Temple Public Library. 10:30 to 11 a.m.
December 4, Saturday - Barrow Brewing Christmas Market, Salado. Noon.
December 4, Saturday - Santa at the Depot, Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, 5-8 p.m. Put on your jammies, grab your favorite stuffed animal and come enjoy a magical evening with Santa at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum. Visitors can marvel at the sights and sounds of the holiday season as they wander through the winter lights on the Santa Fe Plaza and enjoy Christmas music. Enjoy delicious hot chocolate available for purchase from Kona Ice while waiting to see the man in the big red suit! TICKETS ON SALE at https://bit.ly/3CfFHFE. ALL tickets are ADVANCE purchase only. Tickets are required for admission. Limited ticket quantity is available. Tickets are $5.00 per person, children 2 and under are free. Ticket includes visit with Santa and a gift bag for children. General museum admission will be closed on December 4th to prepare for Santa's visit.
December 4, Saturday - Lance Wade Thomas rocks O’Briens. 9 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Temple Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert featuring soprano Priscilla Santana and tenor Brian Joyce. Temple High School. 7:30 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Chisholm Trail Christmas Ball featuring Rick Trevino. Bell County Expo Center. 6 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Game of Thrones Trivia Night at Fire Base Brewing. Free to play. 7 to 9 p.m.
December 4, Saturday - Epically Hogwarts Holiday at Mayborn Science Center in Killeen. 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
December 4-5 - Kris Kringle Mart presented by KC Council 3444, 2218 W. Avenue D, Temple. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December 5, Sunday - Organ & Piano Christmas Concert at First United Methodist in Temple featuring Dr. Carl Bradley on the organ and Sam Davis on the piano. 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
December 5, Sunday - Adoration & Benediction at Saint Luke’s Catholic Church, 2807 Oakdale in Temple. 9 a.m. to noon.
December 5, Sunday - Elks Rest Memorial Service at BPO Elks Temple Lodge No. 138. 2613 Airport Road in Temple. Please plan to attend in honor of our Absent Members! 1 p.m.
December 6, Monday - The 75th Annual Christmas Parade and City Christmas Tree Lighting will begin at 6:15 p.m. This year's theme is “The Magic of a Traditional Christmas." Details will be made available on templeparks.com.
December 6, Monday — Belton Lake Parade of Lights at Dead Fish Grill. Watch boats on the lake decked with Christmas lights. Hot chocolate and chocolate bombs filled with marshmallows. 6 to 9 p.m.
December 7, Tuesday — Baby Bookworms ages 0 to 12 months at Temple Public Library. 11 to 11:30 a.m.
December 7, Tuesday — Tarok Card Party and Lessons at Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center. We play for fun! Come learn to play Taroks, the 1400s European card game Czech brought to Texas in the 1800s. It’s just as popular today and tournaments are held all over Texas. Jimmy and Carolyn Coufal are award-winning tournament champions who teach and advise us purely for the love of the game. No fees or admissions. Just come join us! 7 to 9 p.m.
December 10, Friday - TISD Jazz Band – Merry Christmas and All That Jazz at Meridith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.
December 10, Friday — Vista’s Jingle Jam 2021 at Vista Community Church. Join us for the most fun, biggest, Christmas party of the year for your whole family. We'll play games, sing Christmas songs, have Christmas cookies and cocoa, and hear the Christmas story in a way kids can understand. And it is totally FREE! We’ll have a Jingle Jam session at 5:30pm and 7pm.
December 10, Friday - Bone at O’Briens. 9 p.m.
December 10, Friday —Branded Heart at Bo’s Barn. 8 p.m.
December 10-12 — Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at Temple Civic Theatre.
December 10-12, The Texas Nutcracker, performed by Classical Ballet Conservatory of Lisa's Dance Connection, performance at the Cultural Activities Center.
December 11, Saturday - Photos with Santa at Horny Toad Harley-Davidson. Bring your own camera or smartphone and get Free photos with Santa! Limited 3-photos per group.11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
December 11, Saturday - Proctor Victory Garden's Mobile Mercantile full of artisanal pickles & pepper jellies will be at Barrow Brewing Company’s Christmas Market during The Salado Stroll. Drop by 108 Royal Street in Salado to sample our briney faire! Noon to 7 p.m.
December 11, Saturday — Winter Wonderland at Wilson Park Recreation Center. Santa’s coming to visit all the good little boys and girls at the Wilson Park Recreation Center. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Join us for cookies, hot cocoa, gifts, and pictures during this special family event.The event is FREE; however, registration is required. Register today here: https://bit.ly/3CZEKBV.
December 11, Saturday — Downtown Temple Holiday Market & Food Truck Frenzy. Its Holiday Season! We are excited to partner our market series with another Food Truck Event! Come join us in Downtown Temple and spread some holiday joy by supporting local businesses in our area!We will have plenty of vendors, food trucks to satisfy anyone's cravings, live music and activities for kids! Come find that perfect gift for your loved ones - whether it be a new piece of jewelry, some unique bath products, or a fun knickknack. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
December 11, Saturday - 5th annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Troy Community Center. Shop with local small businesses. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
December 11, Saturday - Tucka Texas Takeover with LJ Echols, Fat Daddy and Mr. Smoke. VFW Post 1820, Temple. 7 p.m.
December 11, Saturday — 35 South at Bo’s Barn. 9 p.m.
December 11, Saturday - Holiday Laser Light Show at Barrow Brewing Co. in Salado. Part of the 61st annual Salado Christmas Stroll. 7 p.m.
December 12, Sunday - Temple High School Band Winter Concert in the THS Auditorium, 2:00 p.m.
December 13, Monday - Temple High School Orchestra Christmas Concert at THS Auditorium, 7 p.m.
December 14, Tuesday - Temple High School Choir Holiday Gift at THS Auditorium. 7:30 p.m.
December 17, Friday - Matt Cearley & The Rowdy Few, O’Briens. 9 p.m.
December 17, Friday — Hyway Traveler at Bo’s Barn. 8 p.m.
December 17, Friday — “It’s a Wonderful Life” at The Beltonian Theatre. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
December 18, Saturday — “It’s a Wonderful Life” at The Beltonian Theatre. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
December 18, Saturday — The Real Gun Show at Bell County Expo Assembly Hall. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 19, Sunday — The Real Gun Show at Bell County Expo Assembly Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December 19, Sunday – When Harry Met Sally… (1989), free movie at Cultural Activities Center. Boy meets girl, boy sees other girls, and girl sees other boys. Maybe boy and girl should have seen each other. “I’ll have what she’s having.” The event will include a pre and post-movie discussion with Dr. Joseph Taberlet. 2 p.m.
December 18, Saturday - Shinyribs, Cultural Activities Center, 7:30 p.m.
December 18, Saturday — People’s Choice at Bo’s Barn. 9 p.m.
December 23, Thursday - Santa & Elvis at Fire Street Pizza. 6-9 p.m.
December 25, Saturday — Christmas Dance at Bo’s Barn featuring Secondhand Rose, 8 p.m.
December 20-25: “The Polar Express” at The Beltonian Theatre. Visit https://TheBeltonianTheatre.com/Movies for show times.
December 31 - January 1 - Texas Elite Pole Vaulting. The Expo Explosion, the second largest indoor pole vaulting event in the country. Bell County Expo Center’s Garth Arena.
December 31, Friday - New Year’s Eve at O’Briens with the Jason Custer Band. 10 p.m.
December 31, Friday - New Year’s Eve at Bo’s Barn with the Craig Howell Band. 9 p.m. $25 includes cover, party favors, champagne, and breakfast with black-eyed peas.
January 29, Saturday - Parker McCollum Red Dirt Mardi Gras at Bell County Expo. 8 p.m.
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