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Candlelight at the Ranch



Visitors to the National Ranching Heritage Center will step into a "living Christmas card" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7-8 when the 40th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch recreates a frontier holiday similar to those on the open prairie from 1780 to 1950. The event will include more than 4,000 luminaries lining the paths of the historic park as volunteer Ranch Hosts dress in period clothing to recreate holiday scenes from another era. The event is free to the public with a minimum suggested $5 donation per family.

Guests enter through the front doors and proceed to Campbell Patio, where they 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 Christmas music with a Texas swing in the 6666 Barn. All lighted pathways are stroller and wheelchair accessible.

40th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch

What is Candlelight at the Ranch?

This video, produced by Lubbock ISD, gives a great overview of the event!



 VIP Tickets

Click here to purchase your 40th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch VIP tickets! VIP tickets are good for early entry into the park for one carload (up to 8 people) from 6pm to 6:30pm before opening to the public. VIP tickets are currently available for both Friday and Saturday nights. 

 Frequently Asked Questions


Questions on where to park? Don't know how much cash to bring? Click here to read the answers to some of our most frequent questions!  

Candlelight Map 

Click here to check out the official Candlelight map and highlights of the event! 


National Ranching Heritage Center