Candlelight at the Ranch

The annual Candlelight at the Ranch is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season!

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.

Workers include volunteers who welcome guests at the door, 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 to Brazos West play Christmas music with a Texas swing.

This event is free to the public, no tickets are required. VIP tickets for reserved parking and early entry into Candlelight at the Ranch will go on sale in November.

Upcoming Candlelight at the Ranch Events

Upcoming Activities or Events

Candlelight at the Ranch

Visitors will celebrate a frontier Christmas Dec. 9 and 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. when the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) celebrates its 44th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch.

Tickets will go on sale in November.

Stay tuned for more details!


December 9, 2022 - December 10, 2022


6:30pm to 9pm Friday
6:30pm to 9pm Saturday
Cow Trail Christmas, NRHC J.J. Gibson Park, every evening Dec. 1–Jan. 3


FREE event ($5 donation suggested)

Purchase / Registration:

VIP tickets available to RHA members Nov.1, General Public Nov. 8, 2022