45th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch

Dec 8, 2023 - Dec 9, 2023
Recurring daily

National Ranching Heritage Center
3121 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79409

FREE ($5 donation per family appreciated)

(806) 742-0498



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.

Experience Christmas on the frontier! Holiday scenes will be recreated in 15 historic structures including 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.

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.

More than 200 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.

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

Candleight at the Ranch is made possible by the Helen DeVitt Jones Foundation, Inc. and The C͟H͟ Foundation.

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.


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