This year’s Chisholm Trail Christmas Ball, an annual gala benefiting the Bell County Youth Fair scholarship fund, will feature music by the legendary McBride & The Ride. The Christmas Ball will be Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Bell County Expo Center beginning at 6 p.m.
Looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones? Holy Trinity Catholic High School will host its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and more than 40 vendors will be selling a variety of wares, crafts and gifts. There also will be entertainment, food and door prizes.
A downtown street party will help provide hundreds of toys, books and stuffed animals to Temple kids in need. Sammy G’s fifth annual toy drive will be Friday, Dec. 2, on South 1st Street in front of Fire Base Brewing Company, and donations will go toward the Temple Police Department’s Blue Santa Project.
Burgers, bread, jewelry, artwork, pet supplies and tallow-based skin products — with more than 100 vendors confirmed, the Temple’s Holiday Market & Food Truck Frenzy likely has something for everyone on your shopping list. Presented by the Temple Small Business Coalition, Holiday Market will be 2-8 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the City Hall parking lot.
Those who have an art-lover on their holiday shopping list are in luck — a Temple studio is having a Dec. 3 event just for you. The Kris Kringle Artist Caravan, a collection of affordable art by local artists and gifts priced as low as $5, will be at Susan Sterle’s Downtown gallery. Sterle Fine Art Studio is located at 8 N 9th Street in Temple and the event will start at 9 a.m.
The Central Texas Film Society has announced its monthly lineup for 2023, and the list is full of classic films. According to Jeff Swindoll, a Central Texas Film Society board member, all of the showings are free (so is the popcorn) and will be on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. at the Cultural Activities Center.
You might want to get that 2023 calendar a bit early — some big concerts are coming to the Cultural Activities Center. The CAC’s 2023 Texas Music Series will feature eight popular bands, including Texas legend Radney Foster (above), crowd favorite Shinyribs and Marc Cohn, who hit it big in 1991 with Walking in Memphis.
Eric Paslay will be performing twice in his hometown of Temple during 2023, and he is already planning his dual homecomings.
The popular Vineyard Voice chamber vocal ensemble will present its annual Christmas concert — Light of the World — at Immanuel Baptist Church on Dec. 4. A second show is set for Dec. 5 at LifeWay Fellowship in Killeen.
UPDATE: Dr. Michael Alexander, an associate dean at the Baylor School of Music, will direct the Temple Symphony Orchestra during this year’s Holiday Concert. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Temple College’s Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center.