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 45th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch.  Join the tradition on Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9 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 include –

  • Reserved parking space for 1 vehicle
  • Early entry for you and 6 guests (7 people total) from 6 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Holiday snacks and refreshments

Passes are $75 and will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. CT November 13. Ranching Heritage Association members can enjoy early access to purchase VIP passes starting at 10 a.m. CT November 6. Purchase 1 VIP Pass for each parking spot needed, not for each person.

UPDATE: VIP Experience passes are SOLD OUT for 2023 Candlelight at the Ranch! Thank you to all who purchased! If you did not get a VIP pass, you can still come at normal public hours starting at 6:30 p.m.

** Please note, the Cash Family Ranch Life Learning Center area will be CLOSED on the evenings of Candlelight. We hope you’ll come back during normal business hours to explore Hank’s ranch!

New this year will be a free shuttle service for attendees parking in the event’s satellite lot starting at 6:15 pm.  This parking area, located at UMC Medical Center at the southwest corner of Fourth Street and Indiana Avenue, will be serviced by Citibus.  The buses will deliver visitors to the front door of the National Ranching Heritage Center and loop back to the UMC parking lot throughout each evening. Click HERE to view the shuttle service map.

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. 8. 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.