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Candlelight at the Ranch


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. 8-9 when the 39th 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.

What is Candlelight at the Ranch?

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



 VIP Tickets

Candlelight VIP Tickets are no longer available. The event will open to the public at 6:30pm on both Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9. 


 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