Lubbock’s Top 5 Holiday Events

Written By Katherine White

December 01, 2013


The holidays are most definitely the best time of the year. Who could argue with that?! We love celebrating the season out in West Texas and have events everyone in the family will enjoy. Here are our top picks for fun holiday activities this year (in no particular order) :

Carol of Lights

Carol of Lights at Texas Tech University

1. 55th Annual Carol of Lights – Texas Tech University will bring light (literally) to your holiday season. Join the celebration during the annual Carol of Lights on Tuesday, Dec. 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. with a Carillon Concert. At 7 p.m., with the flip of a switch, more than 25,000 colored lights will illuminate 13 buildings around Memorial Circle, the Engineering Key and the Broadway entrance to the campus during the event. Find more information, click here.

2. Santa Land – Each year, Lubbock Parks and Recreation put together a memorable and magical place full of Christmas cheer. Santa Land, at Mackenzie Park, will open from Tuesday, Dec. 10 through Monday, Dec. 23 from 6 – 10 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m., bring the entire family to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus from the North Pole, turn on the lights in this winter village with its 60-foot Christmas tree and officially open Santa Land. As you tour the land, enjoy animated displays, bonfires, traditional holiday scenes, hot chocolate and much more. For more information, click here.

3. Cactus Family Christmas – If you love Christmas music, then you’ll really love this Christmas theater extravaganza! Continuing the Cactus tradition, the Cactus Theater presents their Cactus Family Christmas from Friday, Dec. 20 – Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Join the Cactus stars as they take the stage for a spectacular Christmas celebration with traditional holiday classics and contemporary favorites. Find ticket prices and more information here.


Candlelight at the Ranch

4. Candlelight at the Ranch – Welcoming close to 9,000 guests each Christmas season, Candlelight at the Ranch has been a favorite Lubbock holiday event for more than 50 years. By day, the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) is known for housing 48 authentic ranching structures on its 16-acre site. But for this event, the NRHC is transformed to resemble how Christmas was celebrated in the Old West. Volunteers, in period clothing, will re-enact scenes from Christmas’ past including holiday meal preparations, gingerbread house decorating, Christmas carolling and much more. Don’t miss the fun from Friday, Dec. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 14 from 6 – 9 p.m. Check out our recent blog post about the event for more info.

5. Ransom Canyon Christmas Lights – Put the family in the car, pour some hot chocolate into a thermos, turn on the Christmas music and make the short drive east to Ransom Canyon, Texas. This is Christmas light viewing at its finest. Known for their eclectic and beautiful architecture, the homes in Ransom Canyon will leave you in awe during your tour. Who knows, you might even see Santa and his eight reindeer fly through the starry-canyon sky.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition? We’d love to hear from you!


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