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Family Weekend and Family Days

Parents and family members enjoy a weekend of fun during the annual Family Weekend

At Texas Tech, we encourage to visit your student and enjoy seeing your student's home in Raiderland!  There are opportunities each semester to visit your Red Raider.  


Family Days

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Family Days are times we encourage parents and family members to visit their students on weekends when Texas Tech or Lubbock community events are happening.  Most Family Days will offer FREE events for families to attend as well as more unstructured time to spend with your Red Raiders!

Coming up:

Family Day at the Carol of Lights - December 3, 2019

Visit your student and get in the holiday spirit by experiencing one of Texas Tech's most beloved traditions, the Carol of Lights.  The 61st Annual Carol of Lights® will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The Carillon Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. before the ceremony, with the Carol of Lights commencing at 7:00 p.m. The Masked Rider, Saddle Tramps Torch Light Processional, and High Riders will begin the ceremony at the University Seal on Broadway and follow the luminaria lighted route around Memorial Circle to the Science Quadrangle.  This is an experience you and your family will never forget!

61st Annual Carol Concert - December 3, 2019

  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • School of Music - Hemmle Recital Hall
  • Come join the Texas Tech University Choirs following the Carol of Lights ceremony for a festive and fun evening filled with holiday spirit. The choirs will sing carols, winter songs, and holiday songs with the intent of helping everyone get into the holiday season. Audience members will also be invited to join the choirs in singing some well-known carols. Join us for hot chocolate, wassail, and cookies following the concert!
  • Tickets available for purchase HERE

Other Campus/Community Events:

Lubbock Moonlight Musicals Presents Elf the Musical

  • November 29th and 30th at 7:30pm, December 1st at 2:00pm
  • Tickets available for purchase HERE
  • ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help everyone remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Sounds of West Texas: Home for the Holidays 2019

  • November 30, 2019 from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Tickets available for purchase HERE
  • This show will have songs about love, family, home, Christmas, and the gospel. There will be all kinds of styles and music such as country, pop, pop nostalgia, soft rock and folk, that will leave the audience feeling hopeful, happy and inspired. There will be door prizes given away (donated by local businesses) to some lucky audience members and that will take place at 6:50, and during the intermission. This show starts at a different time than most Cactus shows – kicking off officially at 7:00 pm. The doors will open at 6:00 pm.

Bell Tower Tours with the Saddle Tramps

  • December 4, 2019 from 7-9 p.m.
  • This is a fantastic way to see the 25,000 lights that adorn 13 Campus Buildings! Come see where History is Celebrated!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2019 Presented By Hallmark Channel

  • December 5, 2019 at 7:00pm
  • United Supermarkets Arena
  • Tickets available for purchase HERE
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra is hitting the road with the all new Christmas Eve & Other Stories with shows across North America.

Adventure Park Christmas in the Park

  • December 6, 2019
  • Light up your holiday this year at Adventure Park! Experience the park at Christmas every Friday and Saturday night in December with over 50,000 dazzling lights, crafts, campfire, and s'mores! Dinner with Santa and Brunch with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf will also be featured events during this magical season! Pajamas are welcome! For more information on ticket prices and admission, visit our website at www.adventureparkfun.com.

For a list of other holiday activities, please visit https://christmasinlubbock.com/christmas-events-lubbock/.


Future Family Weekend and Family Day dates will be published here and in the Parent & Family eNewsletter


Past Family Days:

Family Day at First Friday Art Trail was October 5, 2018.

Family Day at Carol of Lights was November 30, 2018.

Sibling Saturday 2019 was February 16, 2019.

Texas Tech Lubbock Football Scrimmage - March 30, 2019

Family Day at First Friday Art Trail, Spring Edition - April 5, 2019

Family Day at First Friday Art Trail - November 1, 2019


Check out Visit Lubbock for shopping, restaurants, events, and attractions to enjoy while you are here for Family Days or Family Weekend!


Parent of the Year Award

Started in 2013, the Parent of the Year Award is a more recent tradition added to Family Weekend. Students have the opportunity to nominate their parent, guardian, or grandparent who has impacted the student's life significantly, both personally and academically. This is a chance for Texas Tech to recognize the parents who contribute to the success of our students. The award is presented to the winners during Family Weekend on the field of the Jones AT&T Stadium.

Learn more about nominating someone for Parent/Grandparent of the Year HERE.

View 2019 Texas Tech Parent/Grandparent of the Year Winners

View 2018 Texas Tech Parent/Grandparent of the Year Winners 

View 2017 Texas Tech Parent/Grandparent of the Year Winners

View 2016 Texas Tech Parent/Grandparent of the Year Winners

View 2015 Texas Tech Parent of the Year Winners

View 2014 Texas Tech Parent of the Year Winners

View 2013 Texas Tech Parent of the Year Winners

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Family Weekend 2019 was October 4-5, 2019.  Check back here or in the Parent & Family eNewsletter for the Family Weekend 2020 date to be announced, usually in the first part of the spring semester.

Learn more about the History of Family Weekend.