Candlelight at the Ranch is a holiday event that offers a glimpse into the past as visitors experience yuletide celebrations much like those that took place on the open prairie in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Thousands of luminarias will line the paths to historic structures from 6 to 9 p.m. December 9-10, 2016, at the National Ranching Heritage Center as volunteer Ranch Hosts dress in period clothing to recreate holiday scenes of trimming trees, playing traditional music and gathering around a campfire on a cold winter night.

Hot cocoa and cider will be available inside the museum in Cogdell’s General Store, and children can get in line to have a special visit with Santa Claus. Although the event is open to the public and admission is free, a $2 donation is suggested.


For more information, contact Julie Hodges at (806) 742-0498 or via e-mail at



December 9-10, 2016
Friday 6 - 9 p.m., Saturday 6 - 9 p.m.

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