Killeen

CIS kicks off shoe drive

Communities in Schools will hold its 12th annual Shoes 4 Kids drive until Dec. 16 with the hope of making a few Christmas wishes come true for students in need. CIS is accepting donations of new or gently-worn shoes for elementary, middle school and high school children registered in the CIS program. Donations of new and gently-worn shoes for all sizes and ages will be accepted from a toddlers size nine to an adult size 14. Tennis shoes/sneakers must be appropriate for school-aged children.

Donations for the CIS shoe drive are accepted at the Communities in Schools office located in Killeen at 4520 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 106, the Central Texas College Student Center (Bldg. 106) located on the Killeen campus, the Salado Intermediate School at 550 Thomas Arnold Road and at Freedom Jeep Chrysler Killeen located at 3602 E. Central Texas Expressway. In addition to shoe donations, CIS will accept monetary donations to purchase shoes for those kids whose shoe size was not met with the shoe collection. Monetary donations can be delivered to the CIS office.

Killeen Christmas Parade

Killeen is hosting a Christmas Parade at 4:30 p.m Dec. 14 in downtown Killeen. For more information, call 254-501-8841 or visit www.killeentexas.gov.

Lonestar Toastmasters

Lonestar Toastmasters invites area residents to attend its weekly meeting, The club meets every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at Texas A&M University Central Texas, 1001 Leadership Place. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 803-467-1127.

Pioneer Farmers Market

Pioneer Farmers Market offers high-quality, locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, local raw honey, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, handmade crafts and jewelry. New vendors are always encouraged to join as space permits. The market is in front of Tractor Supply Company in Killeen, behind McAlister’s, near Hobby Lobby. It is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday (weather permitting).

To see what will be for sale at the market or for more information, visit www.on.fb.me/1P9Dbl7.

Harker Heights

Outdoor lighting/decorating contest

The City of Harker Heights will be hosting its holiday outdoor lighting/decorating contest. Harker Heights residents and businesses are encouraged to decorate and enter in the free contest. Citizens will judge from the submitted photos and/or by traveling around the city. Maps will be available on Dec. 10. Voting will be held online at www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/parks and at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail, from Dec. 11-16. Voting will also be held at the Frost Fest event in Market Heights Dec. 13 from 5:30- 8:30 pm. The contest is divided up into three divisions: I - Multi-family home (Apartment/Townhouse/Duplex), II - Single Family Home (per area), III - Business.

For more information, email nbroemer@harkerheights.gov or call 254-953-5465.

Frost Fest

It’s Harker Heights’ most popular event of the year! The city of Harker Heights is hosting Frost Fest from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Market Heights, 201 E Central Texas Expressway.

Fun activities will remind you of your favorite holiday movies. Glide across our artificial skating rink. Explore the Holiday Farmers Market to find unique gifts. Pose for the perfect picture in our giant snow globe. Worried Santa might get you the wrong gift this year? Be sure to stop by and talk to him in his holiday tent. Warm up with Free hot chocolate.

For more information, email nbroemer@harkerheights.gov or call 254-953-5465.

Lampasas

Christmas at the Creek

Enjoy the Christmas spirit at Brook Park in Lampasas during Christmas at the Creek from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 14. Stroll along Sulphur Creek  and delight in the lights and amazing displays. Visit Santa and wander through his village. Snuggle up with a sleigh ride in the “Candy Cane Express.” Taste from the food trucks, hot chocolate, apple cider, s’mores and maybe even build a snowman. There is something for everyone.

For more information, call 512-556-5172.

Nolanville

First Responder Holiday Parade

Nolanville is holding a First Responder Holiday Parade at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14 in downtown Nolanville. For more information, call 254-698-6335 or email cityhall@ci.nolanville.tx.us.

Salado

Salado Lighted Christmas Parade

Kick off Salado Christmas Stroll with the 2019 Salado Lighted Christmas Parade. Many of the shops throughout the village will have floats, as well as old cars and golf carts all decked out for the holidays. The event is set for 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5 in downtown Salado.

Belton

Merry Mistletoe Marketplace

Come shop at the Merry Mistletoe Marketplace, our biggest show of the year, set for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the Bell County Expo Center. Browse aisles full of home and garden décor, jewelry, floral designs, woodcrafts, art, candles, gourmet foods, boutique clothing, fashionable accessories, unique gifts and more.

Show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $7 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.

Christmas on the Farm

Christmas on the Farm, a low-cost event for children and their families, is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Bell County Expo Center.

The event offers 40 fun activities for kids of all ages; mini hay rides, country store, games and entertainment. Santa and Mrs. Clause will also be on hand for photos. Tickets are available at the event. Cost is 50 cents per person or $2 per family. For a more complete list of activities, games and rides, visit www.facebook.com/awarecentraltexas/?fref=ts.

Temple

Turkey Trot 5K

You know you are going to gobble all day...make room for dinner by running those calories away. Start a Thanksgiving day tradition with your family and bring the whole gang out to Pepper Creek Trail to run the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K. Race day registration will be available on-site from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Thursday. Awards are given to the overall male and female winners as well as the top three in each age group. The event is set for 8-10 a.m. Thursday at Pepper Creek Trail in Temple. For more information, call 254-298-5582.

City of Temple Christmas Parade

For 73 years, the annual Christmas parade has brought delight and holiday cheer to Temple residents. The tradition continues from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, as more than 100 parade entries, which includes colorful floats, marching bands and decorated rides, make their way through downtown Temple, each covered with hundreds of twinkling lights.

The parade route will start at Adams Avenue near 8th Street and travel along Adams to 23rd Street, turn right on 23rd Street and disband at Temple High School. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/349tUHy.

Waco

Farmers market

Waco’s Downtown Farmers Market is open from 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at 400 N. University Parks Dr. The market features local agricultural producers and artisan vendors from within 150 miles of Waco. Enjoy food, crafts, live music and more in downtown Waco. For more information, visit www.wacodowntownfarmersmarket.com.

Austin

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show held in Austin. Open again after more than 15 years, the free Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists – with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Foundation. The Bazaar runs from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. through Dec. 23 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Dec. 24 at 6100 Airport Blvd. in Austin.

All items at the Bazaar are handmade by local and regional artists that are selected through a rigorous jury process. Shoppers can expect to find paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassworks, ceramics and more gifts you can’t find anywhere else. For more information, visit www.bluegenieartbazaar.com.

Austin Trail of Lights

The 55th Annual Trail of Lights, which runs from Dec. 10-23, is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. Plan your visit early and don’t forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree. For more information, visit austintrailoflights.org.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience. For 11 days leading to Christmas, visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. The Bazaar  is set open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 13-23 and 11 a.m.-8 p.m Dec. 24 at Palmer Events Center in Austin. For more information, visit armadillobazaar.com.