They don’t call it the most wonderful time of the year for nothing! West Texas is always full of holiday cheer, and these local celebrations are fun for the entire family. Bundle up, pour some hot chocolate, and gather your loved ones for our top 5 holiday outings this winter:
Carol of the Lights:
Join Texas Tech University for its 61st annual Carol of the Lights celebration! This event is sure to keep your evening merry and bright (literally). On Tuesday, Dec. 3rd starting at 6:30 p.m., the evening will kick off with a Carillon Concert. At 7 p.m., with one 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 campus. You don’t want to miss this magical event! For more information, click here.
Santa Land has been bringing children and families holiday cheer for more than 60 years! Open every year from Dec. 10th – Dec. 23rd from 6 – 10 p.m., Santa Land at Mckenzie Park has fun for everyone. Hosted by Lubbock Parks and Recreation, Santa Land is memorable, magical, and admission is free for all ages. Don’t miss the opening ceremony on Dec. 10th at 6 p.m., when Lubbock City Council members will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus from the North Pole, turn on the Christmas lights in the winter village, 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.
Cactus Family Christmas:
Calling all Christmas music lovers! Join Cactus Theater for its annual Cactus Family Christmas extravaganza. Mark your calendars from Friday, Dec. 20th – Saturday, Dec. 21st at 7:30 p.m., so you don’t miss the Cactus stars take the stage and sing your Holiday favorites. This fantastic celebration performs all of your holiday picks, from traditional holiday classics to contemporary favorites. Find ticket prices and more information here. Find ticket prices and more information here.
Candlelight at the Ranch:
Candlelight at the Ranch has been a favorite Lubbock holiday event for more than 50 years, welcoming close to 9,000 guests each holiday season. The National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) is known for housing 48 authentic ranching structures on its 16-acre site. However, for this event, the NRHC recreates a frontier holiday similar to those on the open prairie from 1780 to 1950. Watch volunteers in authentic Western wear reenact famous Christmas scenes, prepare holiday meals, and give a glimpse into ranching life in the Old West.
Visitors can buy kettle corn, hear Christmas carols provided by the Lubbock High School choir, and access the park trails of their choice. Santa Claus greets visitors in the Pitchfork Pavilion, and Brazos West provides cowboy holiday music with a Texas swing in the 6666 Barn. All lighted pathways are stroller and wheelchair accessible, so come one come all! Doors are open from Friday, Dec. 13th – Saturday, Dec. 14th from 6 – 9 p.m. Admission is free; however, donations of $5 per family is suggested and appreciated. For more information, click here.
Ransom Canyon Holiday Lights:
Finding the best and brightest holiday lights can be a challenge, but look no further than the beautiful Ransom Canyon, Texas. Just a short drive east of Lubbock, Ransom Canyon holds some of the most amazing and extravagant holiday decorations in town for holiday light viewing at its finest. Known for their eclectic and gorgeous architecture, Ransom Canyon homes will be sure to leave you speechless in admiration. Gather up your family, pour some hot chocolate, hop in the car, and put on your favorite holiday tunes for a sight you won’t want to miss!