There are still a few up-and-coming local Christmas events to be enjoyed this weekend, including a holiday variety show, a present wrapping party and more.
A Very Special Christmas Party
Families with special needs children are invited to attend A Very Special Christmas Party 6-8 p.m. Friday at Wilson Park Recreation Center, 2205 Curtis B Elliot Drive in Temple.
Parents can call 254-298-5733 to reserve their free tickets.
Temple Civic Theatre
Temple Civic Theatre will present “Home for the Holidays,” a one-night variety show beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday. The production will feature holiday songs, poems and readings performed by many of the theater’s familiar faces.
A pre-show reception will begin 7 p.m. The theater will also be accepting non-perishable food items for a local food pantry beginning at 5 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.templecivictheatre.com, or from the Box Office one hour before the show. The theater is located at 2413 S. 13th St. in Temple.
Live music at O’Briens
Central Texas-based singer/ songwriter and Purple Heart Veteran Nick Sterling will perform 9 p.m. Friday at O’Briens Irish Pub, 11 E. Central Ave. in Temple.
Local band Martian Folk will return to the Pub stage to perform 9 p.m. Saturday.
Breakfast with Santa
The Hilton Garden Inn, 1749 Scott Blvd. in Temple, will host Breakfast with Santa 8-9 a.m. Sunday. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a kid-friendly breakfast buffet and an exclusive meet-and-greet with Santa. Kids can share their Christmas list with Santa and parents will be able to take photos.
A “Ho-Ho-Holiday Show” featuring Sparkles the Elf will take place 10 a.m. Saturday at the Temple Public Library, 100 W. Adams Ave.
The show will be held in the McLane Room on the third floor. All ages are welcome to attend. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Temple Public Library.
Wrap and Yap
The Salado Public Library, 1151 N. Main St., will host a Wrap and Yap event 5-7:30 p.m. tonight.
Adults are invited to bring their unwrapped gifts, wrapping paper and ribbon to the library to wrap presents while enjoying conversations. The library will have some wrapping paper and bows available, and light refreshments will be served.
Nature in Lights
Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area’s annual Nature in lights event, featuring five and a half miles of holiday light displays, will be open nightly 5:30-11 p.m. through Jan. 6, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The entrance is located at North Nolan Road and Cottage Road near Lake Belton. For more information, visit hood.armymwr.com or call 254-287-2523.
Other events on the weekend calendar
Bobby Dean and Timeless Country will perform at a country and western dance 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Belton Senior Activity Center, 842 S. Mitchell St. in Belton.
DJ Sauce will perform 9 p.m. Thursday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive.
A variety country and western Christmas dance will be held 7 p.m. Friday at In the Mood Ballroom, 15 S. Main St. in Temple.
DJ Rock will perform 9 p.m. Friday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive.
Last Call will perform 9 p.m. Friday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.
Wes Perryman will perform 7 p.m. Friday at Barrow Brewing Co., 108 Royal St. in Salado.
Justin Cole will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Ratibor Country Grill, 10226 FM 2086 in Temple.
A Christmas dance will be held 9 p.m. Saturday at the Longhorn Saloon, 2503 S. General Bruce Drive
People’s Choice will perform 9 p.m. Saturday at Bo’s Barn Dancehall, 4984 W. FM 93 in Temple.
Smokin’ Maxx will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Barrow Brewing Co., 108 Royal St. in Salado.
Martian Folk will perform 8 p.m. Saturday at O’Briens Irish Pub, 11 E. Central Ave. in Temple.
An ugly sweater Christmas party will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Green Door, 12 S. Second St. in Temple.
Arielle will perform 3 p.m. Sunday at Barrow Brewing Co., 108 Royal St. in Salado.