Waco Winter Events
As we gear up for our own New Year’s celebrations, we can’t help but feel the anticipation of what the new year will bring. The weather gets colder, and cabin fever sets in. Winter in Waco never fails to disappoint, with plenty of entertainment options to cure the winter blues. Here are some of our top picks:
For the sports fanatics, Waco brings exciting sports action.
For Baylor fans, this has been an exciting year as we’ve watched the Bears fight valiantly to be ranked #7 among NCAA’s Top 25! The Baylor Bears will wrap up the football season on New Year’s Day at the Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs. Men’s and Women’s basketball will kick into high gear this season with an exciting lineup and their eye on the prize- the Big 12 Championship games in mid-March in Kansas City, MO. Still looking for more Baylor Bear action? Baseball kicks off in February, along with tennis, golf, and track events to be held throughout the winter months.
Rodeo fans will have plenty of upcoming events to attend that are fun for the entire family. Rodeo season continues with rip-roaring fun, including circuit finals and livestock shows. You won’t want to miss all the thrilling rodeo action at the RAM Texas Circuit Finals this year. The best cowboys and cowgirls from the Texas circuit compete for top honors from January 2nd to January 4th, at the Extraco Events Center. Spectators will enjoy eight rodeo events: bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and the fan-favorite Mutton Bustin’.
Waco also offers options for running enthusiasts, despite the falling temperatures. The Miracle Match Marathon, taking place on January 25th and 26th, will be staged in Central Texas to raise awareness and funds for local bone marrow donation programs. Unfortunately, due to construction and changes to city policies, the 26.2 mile marathon will not be a part of the activities this year. However, the Miracle Match Marathon will still pack in the 13.1 mile half-marathon, a four-person marathon relay, a 10K race, and 5K race, as well as a special Kids Festival and One Mile Fun Run. The Bound for the Brave run held on February 22nd will include both 5K & 10K events to help promote healthy living and show support for local law enforcement.
For nightlife seekers, the live music and event scene in Waco will be sure to please a wide range of tastes this season.
Big-name bands, like Lyle Lovett, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Cody Johnson will be joining the Waco music scene this Winter. The Waco 100 Blowout will also host some of Texas country’s best on Saturday, January 18th, at 6:30 p.m. For those looking for their share of the limelight, each week various locations in Central Texas will be hosting Open Mic Night and Karaoke, along with live music from local favorites.
Looking to have your funny bone tickled? Comedy shows, such as Rodney Carrington LIVE, will hit the scene starting this month. The Extraco Events Center is excited to announce the return of the multi talented comedian, actor, and writer to the Extraco Coliseum on Saturday, January 11th at 7 p.m.
Visit a local distillery, winery, or brewery. Waco and the surrounding areas offer a diverse set of options for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the processes involved in crafting their tasty libations. Whether you’re looking for tours and tastes, or just relaxing with friends, you’ll find what you’re looking for right here in Central Texas.
For those who enjoy fine arts, Waco is is alive with a rich blend of activities and performances.
Theater and Symphony buffs will enjoy stage events, such as the production of “Chicago” by the McLennan Community College Theater held on February 27th, or the sounds of celebrated violinist, Elissa Lee Koljonen, on January 16th.
Check out the upcoming events and exhibits in the local art and museum scene. One thing is for sure; our town provides diverse opportunities for art and museum connoisseurs. From family-friendly, hands-on exhibits, to sophisticated gatherings, the Waco fine arts scene has it all.
Whatever your taste, Waco has something for everyone this season. If you haven’t experienced the rich culture of our town, start your exploration today.