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Dec 4, 2015

Top Things to Do This Holiday Season in Lubbock

Everything’s bigger in Texas—including Lubbock’s Christmas celebrations. Whether you’re with family or friends, Lubbock hosts a number of events and festivals to celebrate everyone’s favorite holiday. Deeply rooted in history and family tradition, Lubbock knows how to celebrate the season. While the list of events is long, here’s a guide to the top five things you must check out this holiday season in Lubbock.

  1.  “The Nutcracker”

The Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater welcomes Ballet Lubbock’s theater production of the traditional Tchaikovsky play “The Nutcracker,” which revolves around a young and impressionable Clara who receives a nutcracker for Christmas. The audience joins Clara and her nutcracker as they undergo a whimsical adventure of dancing with the Rat King, Sugar Plum Fairy and marching toy soldiers. “The Nutcracker” is a family-friendly event, and you can purchase tickets online in advance.


  1. Candlelight at the Ranch

Travel back in time to Christmas in the 18th and 19th centuries at Candlelight at the Ranch, which takes place at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Visitors will get a glimpse of how the early settlers celebrated yuletide on the prairie. Ranch hosts will dress up in period attire and sing holiday classics. The ranch will be festively decorated with thousands of Christmas lights, lanterns and Christmas trees with homemade ornaments. Gather around a campfire for hot cocoa and cider, and Santa will pay a visit to Cogdell’s General Store. The event is free.rsz_candlelight-2

  1. Santa Land

Save yourself a trip to the North Pole, and visit Santa Land at Mackenzie Park. The park magically transforms into a Christmas wonderland during the holidays laden with thousands of holiday lights and statues. The event generally sees about 46,000 visitors each year, where families can embark on a journey through the park by following jingle bells that double as map markers. Toward the end of exploring the holiday extravaganza, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be available to meet children beside a towering 60-foot Christmas tree. The event is free._VL15037

  1. Polar Express Train Ride

Celebrate Christmas—locomotive-style—at the Polar Express Train Ride. Dressed in pajamas, kids (and their parents) hop aboard the holiday train with dancing chefs, elves and Santa Claus. Hot cocoa and cookies are passed out during the train ride, which ends at the “North Pole,” where Santa hands out silver sleigh bells to all of the children. You can buy tickets in advance.


  1. Olde Christmas Towne

Come out to Olde Christmas Towne—a new tradition where 19th Street and Avenue A is transformed into a Christmas paradise with a Candyland, Christmas zoo with reindeer and a nativity scene. Mr. and Mrs. Claus await kids at the North Pole, and a number of holiday vendors sell sweets, gifts and more.

These events are just a snapshot of all the holiday happenings in Lubbock through the end of the year. Check out our events calendar to see more of what’s coming up in Lubbock for the holidays and beyond.