How to Experience Your Favorite Hub City Holiday Traditions this Year

Written By McKenna Dowdle

November 20, 2020

This December, experience the magic of the holiday season at home! We know traditional celebrations may look different this year, but who says we have to miss out on all of our favorite “Hub City” festivities? As the crackle of the fireplace echos in the background, grab a cup of hot cocoa and your favorite blanket, dim the lights and let the hygge transform you into a winter wonderland from your couch! Take a look below for updated details on Lubbock’s annual performances and events.

Candle Light at the Ranch
Date: Saturday, December 12
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: KTTZ TV

The National Ranching Heritage Center and Texas Tech Public Media will broadcast our favorite frontier holiday tradition on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. on KTTZ TV, or channel 5 in the Lubbock area. Red Steagall will guide viewers through ten historic ranch structures as re-enactors bring our the history of the Wild West to life.

To make the experience extra special for local viewers, stop by The Cakery. Before the event, viewers can order a cookie decorating kit to enjoy while watching the premiere. For $30, each kit includes a dozen cookies and frosting bags. All proceeds will benefit the National Ranching Heritage Association. Call 806-783-9091 to order yours today!

While on a tour of Christmas lights in Lubbock, make a stop at the NRHC. In an effort to bring the spirit of the season to the NRHC facilities without risking the health of all who attend, the center is preparing a “Cow Trail Christmas” at the NRHC entrance. Both the park and the entry gate will be decorated and lit with holiday lights every evening throughout December for visitors to drive by or park, walk through the front park and take pictures. The historical park will not be open during evening hours.

Ballet Lubbock Nutcracker
Date: December 11 – 31
Time: N/A
Where: Download and stream right from your own home!

This year, Ballet Lubbock is showcasing a special narrated video presentation of the Nutcracker. This 60-minute production is available to download and stream on your home device beginning December 11 and will be available through the 31st for $30.

Pack up your ballerinas and head to the Stars & Stripes Drive-in Theater for a showing on the big screen on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per person. 

Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre

Holiday Movie Magic
Date: November 22
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: 1178 Kroesche Lane

Each November, Junior League of Lubbock hosts Holiday Happenings, a holiday market at the Lubbock Civic Center. This year, to kick of the season, visitors can experience Holiday Movie Magic on Sunday, November 22 at the Stars & Stripes Drive-in Theater. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the movies will begin shortly after. General admission is $40 per vehicle of four people. Additional tickets are $10 per person. Guests have the option of purchasing a VIP Pass for $150 which includes reserved parking, a limited edition Holiday Movie Magic gift bag and two letters to Santa. The movies being showcased include Arthur Christmas, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) and Elf. Tickets are available here

Santa Land at Mackenzie Park
Date: December 10 -23
Time: 6 – 10 p.m.
Where: 1121 Canyon Lake Drive

Load the family in the car and head east to the first-ever drive-thru Santa Land at Mackenzie Park! Cars may enter the park off East Broadway at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture and proceed northwest toward Joyland. Experience the holiday village featuring the Christmas tree, animated displays, bonfires, traditional holiday scenes, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Don’t forget to tune into Christmas music at 1280 AM while you drive through the event!

Share with us your cozy car set-up or comfy night in using #LiveLoveLubbock! Happy holidays! 

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