When the holidays blow in, there’s no place like the South Plains! If you aren’t perusing around town looking at the Christmas lights this season, you should be checking other local festivities off your list. Add these merry little events to your calendar to see why there’s nothing better than being a Lubbockite at Christmastime.



Pencil-In a Visit with Santa 

When: Various Weekend Times and Dates Available

Where: Kingsgate Shopping Center

What: One of the most important things to tick off your holiday checklist is making sure your kiddos get plenty of facetime with Santa. Fortunately, several local businesses including Kingsgate Shopping Center host Santa stops in case your photo op at the mall doesn’t cut it! 

BONUS: Kingsgate is also hosting carriage rides throughout the season and if you are looking to donate some gently used coats soon, drop them off at one of the on-site coat drive barrels. For a schedule of the festivities, visit the website here: kingsgatechristmas.com


Trans Siberian Orchestra  

When: December 5th 

Where: United Supermarkets Arena

What: Electrify the holiday season by snagging a few tickets to this concert of carols. It’s not too late! For more information, visit the website here: http://www.unitedsupermarketsarena.com/events-1/trans-siberian-orchestra-2


Shop the GAC Holiday Craft Fair  

When: December 6th 

Where: Municipal Garden and Arts Center

What: Is it really Christmas without a bounty of seasonal crafts? We think not. Deck your home with seasonal wares from this homemade holiday happy place. For more information, visit the website here: https://ci.lubbock.tx.us/departments/garden-arts-center/events/december-craft-fair-2018


Celebrate the Season at Christmas in the Park

When: Every Friday and Saturday Night in December 

Where: Adventure Land

What: Put on your PJ’s and head to Adventure Land for an evening of lights, crafts, s’mores, and holiday cheer! For more information, visit the website here: https://adventureparkfun.com/events/christmas-at-the-park/


Carol of Lights Run 

When: December 8th 

Where: Texas Tech University

What: If you missed the Carol of Lights, you can still experience the magic (and get in your cardio) at the Carol of Lights Run. Lace up your shoes for the most festive fun run of the holiday season! For more information, visit the website here: https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200018311669246


Visit Santa Land  

When: December 10th 

Where: Mackenzie Park

What: Join the Lubbock community in welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Claus from the North Pole at this bustling Christmas village! For more information, visit the website here: https://ci.lubbock.tx.us/departments/parks-recreation/events/santa-land


Taste Holiday Wines at Market Street 

When: December 12th, 5-7 pm

Where: Market Street at 98th and Slide

What: Taste the season at Market Street this year! Enjoy complimentary samples of Prisoner wines while listening to grand piano melodies performed by the in-store pianist. For more information: https://allevents.in/lubbock/heres-to-the-holidays-wine-tasting/200018415241417


Candlelight at the Ranch 

When: December 13-14 

Where: National Ranching Heritage Center

What: Take a walk through time with the living Christmas card displays at the National Ranching Heritage Center. For more information, visit the website here: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/nrhc/events/Candlelight/index.php


Ballet Lubbock’s The Nutcracker

When: December 12th-15th

Where: Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

What: Don’t miss the magic of this Lubbock holiday tradition. Enjoy Ballet Lubbock’s rendition of Clara’s journey with her Nutcracker with family, snacks and snow!!! This year Ballet Lubbock is also hosting special sensory productions. For more information, visit the website here: https://www.balletlubbock.org/the-nutcracker/


Hitch Your Sleigh at SantaCon 

When: December 14th

Where: TBD

What: Don your Santa Suit for a jolly good conference full of red coats and good cheer. For more information, visit the website here: https://www.santacon.info/Lubbock-TX/



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