Make New Memories at Candlelight at the Ranch

Written By Katherine White

November 14, 2013


There is something about Candlelight at the Ranch that warms the heart like a cup of hot chocolate with friends around an open fire.

Located at 3121 4th St., the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) will open its doors for the 35th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 6 – 9 p.m. According to Emily Wilkinson, coordinator for Candlelight at the Ranch, the event typically welcomes close to 9,000 guests each year with Saturday being the most attended day of the two. Either way you’re in for a treat.


National Ranching Heritage Center’s Candlelight at the Ranch

By day, the 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. Once you’re inside the historical park, you will be in awe as the entire park is lit with the soft glow of luminarias that lead you from place to place along the paved trails. The attention to detail is nothing short of spectacular. Volunteers, in period clothing, will reenact scenes from Christmas’ past including holiday meal preparations, gingerbread house decorating and Christmas caroling.


Making smores.

The importance of tradition and enjoyment of being close to your loved ones is evident around every corner. The event is free, however, a $2 per family donation is greatly appreciated. If you haven’t already, make a new holiday tradition of your own and join us for the opening night of Candlelight at the Ranch on Friday, Dec. 13.


Playing some music near an open fire.

Quick Facts:

What: 35th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch

When: Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Cost: FREE – a $2 donation is appreciated

Where: National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th St.



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