Top Places to Celebrate with Santa in Lubbock
As the popular song goes: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Our homes are filled with the scent of baking gingerbread cookies and holiday movies are on seemingly every channel. Children create handprint reindeer and write letters in anticipation of Christmas Eve when Jolly Saint Nick will deliver the gift they’ve dreamed of all year. But the chance to meet him in person and whisper Christmas wishes in his ear is something even the Grinch wouldn’t pass up. There are several opportunities to meet Santa in Lubbock this holiday season, plan your visit before he heads back to the North Pole!
Your first opportunity to meet Kris Kringle will be at the Junior League of Lubbock’s Holiday Happening, November 16-19 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. This year’s theme is Believe in the Magic and this popular Lubbock event packs in an extended weekend full of amazing holiday shopping and opportunities to take your picture with Santa Claus. You can even reserve your seat for breakfast with Santa on Friday and Saturday mornings or a selfie with Santa during Girl’s Night Out on Friday evening. Who could pass that up?
Pricing: $10 (children under 5 are free)
During the entire month of December (December 1st – 31st), you can find Santa at The Garden. Snap a photo with Santa, warm yourself with hot chocolate or near the heaters throughout the patio, and take a turn on Lubbock’s only ice skating rink!
Kid-friendly environment daily until 9 p.m.
Hours at the Garden: Mon. – Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. from 10 a.m. to midnight, Sun. 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
For a more traditional experience, head on over to the South Plains Mall. Not only is it a magnet for the entire region’s holiday shopping needs, it is also where you can find Santa from November 11 through Christmas. Want more face time with the Head Elf? Have **breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus on December 2! Once you’re done with the most important meal of the day, head to the National Ranching Heritage Center’s Junior Rough Riders Winter Corral, also on December 2. You can make crafts, learn all about pioneer traditions and, of course, visit with Santa. Be sure to RSVP in advance.
Pricing: $5 for non-members
A week later, hang out with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and get into the Christmas Spirit at the Buffalo Christmas Wonderland on December 9. Buffalo Springs Lake is also a fantastic place to see Christmas lights.
Pricing: Included in gate entry fee
If time traveling during the holidays sounds appealing, then you can’t miss Candlelight at the Ranch, one of the most popular holiday events in Lubbock (December 8 – 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.). Walk along a path lit by thousands of luminaries as you visit the many historic buildings in the National Ranching Heritage Center, where the ranch hosts recreate what life was like on the prairie during the holidays. Grab a warm cup of cider and visit with Santa while you learn a bit of history along the way.
Pricing: Free, suggested $2 donation (VIP Tickets here)
Another popular holiday event in Lubbock is Santa Land. From December 10 – 23, Mackenzie Park becomes a winter wonderland full of colorful holiday lights, animated displays and traditional holiday scenes. The most eye-catching feature is the majestic 60-foot-tall lighted Christmas tree that stands over the holiday village. Every evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., a sleigh with tiny reindeer delivers Mr. and Mrs. Claus to Santa Land for a Christmas chat with each child.
Santa also makes an appearance at the annual Miracles Christmas Parade that runs along 34th Street beginning at 6 p.m. on December 9. Find a good spot along the parade route and dance along with the tunes of the marching bands, catch candy, wave at Jolly Old Saint Nick himself and enjoy the festive spirit of the event.
Gather the family and get in the Christmas spirit at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture on December 10 during the 3rd Annual Farm Charm Kids Christmas! Take a ride on the tractor and wagon, grab a picture with Santa or decorate an ornament. The museum will be open to tour while attendees enjoy refreshments and more.
Pricing: Donations are appreciated, photos with Santa are $15
With so many great ways to see Santa in Lubbock, it’s quite possible that this is actually his second home! Plan your trip to Lubbock and enjoy all the festive events the “Hub City” has to offer. Be sure to share your memories with us by using #livelovelubbock.