Candlelight at the Ranch

The holiday season is right around the corner! The National Ranching Heritage Center will be dressed in all its holiday finery for the 44th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch.  Join the tradition on Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.

The event is FREE (suggested donation of $5) and does not require a ticket.

Want to make an extra-special evening of it? A VIP Experience Pass may be just what you are looking for.

VIP Experience Passes are SOLD OUT!! Passes for 2023 will go on sale in November.

Holiday scenes will be recreated in 15 historic structures such as the 1838 El Capote Log Cabin, 1886 XIT Ranch headquarters, 1888 Matador Half-Dugout and 1909 Queen-Anne style Barton House. Visitors will have maps pointing the way to each structure.

Volunteers bring the ranch to life in each structure, play live music, sell hot cocoa, make kettle corn, help Santa with his visitors, serve meals to the volunteers, keep pathways safe, sing Christmas carols, oversee the parking lot and much more.

The lighted pathways are wheelchair and stroller accessible as visitors pass cowboys camped out near their horses and brewing coffee over a campfire. Visitors can purchase refreshments in the decorated 6666 Barn and on the Campbell patio while they listen Christmas music with a Texas swing.

We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you at the Ranch!

In cooperation with the NRHC, the International Cultural Center (ICC) at Texas Tech will host Weihnachtfest: A Celebration of German Christmas Traditions from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. Traditions include the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble of the Texas Tech School of Music, crafts, gingerbread cookies and sausage. The ICC is located within easy walking distance of the NRHC at 601 Indiana Avenue and the event is free to the public.

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Cookies with Santa

Santa is coming to town and making a special stop at the Ranch! Wear your holiday attire and join us Saturday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. to meet Santa Claus, decorate Christmas cookies and make a traditional holiday craft at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Tx.

The event is for children 5-12 years old. It is Free to Ranching Heritage Association Members and $5 for non-members.

Please register by November 30.

We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you at the Ranch!


December 3, 2022


1:30 p.m.


Free to Ranching Heritage Association Members
$5 for non-members

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