This article is a part of the 2022 Winter Travel Guide, a sponsored collection brought to you by our travel advertising partners. You can find more winter travel destinations and events here.

Make your holiday plans for a “GetaWaco!” Right up the road, right up your alley! Waco is an amazing escape with so many great things to do and activities to enjoy, especially during the holidays.


Special holiday events include the following. Click the name for more information.

Deck the Halls Holiday Gift Market – November 4–6, 2022. Get your holiday shopping done early! One of Waco’s largest gift markets.

35th Annual Homestead Fair – November 25–27, 2022. Watch a cow being milked, shop homemade crafts, enjoy entertainment, and food! More than 25,000 people visit this fair each year.

Big Christmas Expo – November 26–27, 2022. Shopping, festivities, food, and entertainment!

Wild Lights at Cameron Park Zoo – November 25–December 31, 2022. Holiday light spectacular at the zoo! Although the animals are in their night houses, the zoo is spectacular at night. Selfie stations and photo ops abound.

Waco Wonderland – December 2–4, 2022. With a snow tubing hill, fireworks show, holiday parade, Ferris wheel, the Santa House, gift market, and more!

Christmas at the Silos – Two weekends in December. Vendor market, children’s activities, and that special Christmas feeling.

Waco Trolley Christmas Lights Tour – A 90-minute tour on a comfortable trolley that lets you see the best Christmas lights displays in the greater Waco area.


When you plan your Waco holiday trip, be sure to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos. They decorate for the holidays throughout the campus, with every shop getting the full treatment.

Magnolia Market at the Silos.

In the downtown area, stroll through Austin Avenue, starting at City Hall at 3rd and Austin, to see special holiday decorations. Even the Convention Center gets in the act, with a gigantic wreath and City of Waco logo.

Waco Wonderland snow tubing.

East Waco will have some great decorations for you to enjoy. Start at the Suspension Bridge near the Hilton Hotel and walk directly across to Bridge Street Plaza, next to the neon “East Waco” sign. From there, follow Bridge Street Plaza to where it turns to the left. One block over is Elm Avenue, with original murals, a brewpub, cool restaurants, and beautiful historic buildings.

Waco Wonderland.

While you’re in Waco, make time to experience some great attractions: Waco Mammoth National Monument, Mayborn Museum, Cameron Park Zoo, Dr Pepper Museum, Texas Ranger Museum, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and more.

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Santa will be making several appearances during the holiday season!

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