Experience the "Twelve Days of Christmas on the Ranch" during the 29th annual Candlelight at the Ranch celebration at the National Ranching Heritage Center.
This step back in time at Christmas has wide appeal, attracting some 7,000 visitors from Lubbock and throughout West Texas who travel in for this annual holiday tradition, according to Christy Lemons, coordinator of the event.
Activities at this year's Candlelight include the luminaria-lighted path through the historical park, where visitors can glimpse costumed volunteers as they recreate such holiday scenes as trimming trees with home-made decorations, baking cookies on a wood stove, playing traditional music and dancing at the Cowboys' Christmas Ball in the Four Sixes Barn.
"In the Pitchfork Pavilion, modern-day kids can write a letter to Santa and actually mail it in the post office there," Lemons said. "Junior Rough Riders will be selling milk and cookies. We were excited to learn that the real Santa Claus will be paying a visit to the children during Candlelight at the Ranch as they write their letters. We are very happy about this, since the trip from the North Pole to Lubbock is a long one."
Cider, hot chocolate and kettle corn are available to sustain visitors as they make their way from the 1780s back to 2007 and the activities inside the National Ranching Heritage Center museum building. These include Christmas choirs, shopping in Cogdell's General Store and viewing the Western-decorated Christmas trees in the Main Gallery.
Free admission. The National Ranching Heritage Center is located east of Indiana Avenue at 3121 Fourth Street in Lubbock, Texas.