Bring your children and grandchildren to Mackenzie Park and enjoy a 62-year Lubbock tradition! Children from Lubbock and surrounding communities are invited to Santa Land’s Opening Ceremony on Monday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m. Lubbock City Council members will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus from the North Pole, turn on the Christmas lights in this winter village, and officially open Santa Land.
Lubbock Parks and Recreation has hosted Santa Land for the past 62 years, and admission for all ages is free. Santa Land is open every evening from December 10-23, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Approximately 50,000 people visit Santa Land each year to see the festive holiday village with its huge lighted Christmas tree, animated displays, bonfires, traditional holiday scenes, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Each evening at 6:00 p.m. during this 14-night event, a sleigh with tiny reindeer bring Santa and Mrs. Claus to Santa Land to hear the Christmas wishes of area children.
Families will enjoy live entertainment most evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Hot chocolate and other refreshments are available for sale at the concession stand. Parents are welcome to bring cameras to take photos of their children with Santa at no charge. For those who forget their cameras, keepsake digital photos may be purchased for $5 each. The entrance to Santa Land is located off of the East Broadway entrance into Mackenzie Park east of Avenue A and the South Plains Fairgrounds.
Parks and Recreation is grateful to its sponsors and the Lubbock community for their help in underwriting Santa Land and for helping us bring this annual event to the children of West Texas at no charge. This year’s sponsors include Raising Cane’s, Betenbough Homes, David Drum Repair Service, Favor Delivery, Metro by T Mobile, Plains Roofing, Tom’s Tree Place, Holiday Lite Source, Latino Lubbock Magazine, Sonic Drive-in, United Supermarkets, Abercrombie Lumber, Adams Paint, The Cakery, Smith LP Gas Company, Lubbock Fire and Rescue, and Lubbock Police Department. For more information, contact Lubbock Parks and Recreation at 775-2673 or 775-2687, visit our website at www.playlubbock.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
When Santa Land opens on December 10, our scout elf from the North Pole, Bo, will again be at Santa Land checking up on Lubbock children. As a scout elf, Bo’s job is to be the eyes and ears of Santa, so that he can see if area children are being naughty or nice. Using his Christmas magic, Bo flies back to the North Pole to report back to Santa and then returns to Santa Land the next day. Scout elves love to play hide and seek, so Bo will hide in a new location each day so that he can keep an eye on all the good little boys and girls in Lubbock.
With Bo’s help, Parks and Recreation is again sponsoring the Elf on the Shelf Contest at Santa Land. The winning family will receive our Grand Prize, a $500 Gift Certificate from our sponsor, United Supermarkets! Here’s how the contest works:
Santa Land is located in Mackenzie Park off of the East Broadway entrance and is open December 10-23, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. nightly. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 775-2673 or 775-2687.
The Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas book by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell and is available at local bookstores.