Lubbock’s Can’t-Miss Holiday Traditions

Written By Katherine White

December 01, 2016


‘Tis the season for stocking stuffing, present purchasing and, of course, for travel! So while you’re making plans to visit friends and family this winter, be sure to add the “Hub City” to your list of holiday destinations. Deeply rooted in history and family tradition, Lubbock knows how to celebrate the Christmas season! Here are just a few 2016 holiday events you won’t want to miss!

The Nutcracker Ballet
The score to Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” has long been considered the soundtrack of the season. It’s heard in shopping malls and holiday films, but it shines most brightly on the stage. While you’re in town, make plans to attend Ballet Lubbock’s production of this beloved Christmas tale. Check out our behind-the-scenes look here.
Location: Lubbock Memorial Civic Center (1501 Mac Davis Lane)
Dates: December 8, 9 & 10, 2016 at 7 p.m., December 10, 2016 at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2 p.m. 


Ballet Lubbock’s performance of “The Nutcracker”

Carol of Lights
It feels like Christmas in Lubbock officially begins once Texas Tech University hosts the Carol of Lights. Every year since its inception in 1959, the Texas Tech University Combined Choirs perform holiday tunes as over 25,000 lights illuminate the campus.
Location: Texas Tech University Science Quad (2500 Broadway)
Dates: December 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Candlelight at the Ranch
Step back in time and celebrate Christmas like they did on the Western frontier at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Each year, thousands of luminaries line the walkways leading to the on-site historic structures, while Ranch Hosts dress in period clothing to trim trees, play music and gather around a campfire, giving visitors a glimpse of holidays past.
Location: National Ranching Heritage Center (3121 4th Street)
Dates: December 9 & 10, 2016 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Santa Land
For the past 59 years, Lubbock Parks and Recreation has turned Mackenzie Park into a winter wonderland full of light displays, a 60-foot Christmas tree and holiday cheer. Mr. and Mrs. Claus are always on hand to greet the roughly 46,000 visitors each year at this free event.
Location: MacKenzie Park (301 Interstate 27, Lubbock)
Dates: December 10 – 23, 2016 from 6 – 10 p.m. nightly


Polar Express Train Ride
Pajamas, golden tickets and storybook magic abound during The Polar Express Train Ride each holiday season on the West Texas & Lubbock Railway. Hop on board for a journey to the North Pole, hot cocoa and fun for the whole family.
Location: Wolfforth Depot (103 Steck Ave., Wolfforth, Texas 79382)
Dates: November 19 – December 23, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.


The Polar Express

Cactus Family Christmas
Buddy the Elf said it best. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” And at the Cactus Theater, they do just that. During the holiday season, our friends at the Cactus come together to put on the ultimate holiday performance full of classic carols and contemporary favorites alike.
Location: The Cactus Theater (1812 Buddy Holly)
Date: December 9, 2016 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

No matter how you choose to spend your holiday in the “Hub City” we hope you enjoy it with the family and friends that you love the most. From our Visit Lubbock family to yours, Merry Christmas. For more holiday happenings, check out the Visit Lubbock calendar of events.


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