The 41st annual Candlelight at the Ranch at the National Ranching Heritage Center is December 13 and 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event celebrates a frontier Christmas and four generations of volunteers in the 41 years have made it a Lubbock tradition.
More than 200 community volunteers, many dressed in period clothing, will help recreate what Christmas might have been like on the open prairie during frontier days. The annual event is free to the public with a minimum suggested $5 donation per family. In addition to more than 4,000 luminaries lining the paths of the 19-acre historic park, holiday scenes created in the historic structures will be lit as much as possible with only lanterns, fireplaces and campfires. In addition to individual volunteers, many community and campus organizations as well as musical groups will welcome guests to Candlelight. Visitors can purchase refreshments in the decorated 1908 Four Sixes Barn while they listen to Brazos West play Christmas music with a Texas swing. Kettle Korn will be available on the patio and the Street Sweets Food Truck will sell coffee and sweets.
In cooperation with the NRHC, the International Cultural Center (ICC) at Texas Tech will host a celebration of German Christmas traditions from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. The ICC is located within easy walking distance of the NRHC and the event is free to the public.
The National Ranching Heritage is located adjacent to the Texas Tech University campus at 3121 Fourth St. For more information, call (806) 742-0498 or view nrhc.ttu.edu.