december-western-historical-holiday-events.A Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West.

Art Shows

The West Select

Phoenix, AZ, Closes Dec. 31: A Western art sale and exhibition that presents an expansive view of the American West with historical scenes.

602-257-1222 •

Art of the American Cowboy

Las Vegas, NV, December 8-14: Western artists show and sell their works in fine art auctions and exhibits at the South Point Hotel & Casino.




Rock Island Auction Co. Premiere Collector’s Firearms Auction

Online, December 6-8: A premier auction with highly collectible pieces by the world’s leading auction house for firearms and military artifacts.

800-238-8022 •


Holiday Celebrations

Christmas in Old Dodge City

Dodge City, KS, Nov. 25-Dec.-25: This 1872 cowtown celebrates the holidays with a Christmas tree auction, craft  and gift boutiques, the Parade of Lights and a community chili feed.

800-653-9378 •

Christmas Teas and Tours

Kalispell, MT, Nov. 30-Dec. 23: Enjoy the Christmas traditions of Kalispell’s founding family, delicious treats, including Christmas pudding, and traditional tea, all while surrounded by the beauty of the 1895 Conrad Mansion.

406-755-2166 •

Christmas in Downtown Edmond

Edmond, OK, December 1-22: The celebration begins with the mayor’s tree lighting and continues with historical tours and music.

405-249-9391 •

Christmas in the Park

Elk City, OK, Nov. 29-Dec. 31: Take a ride in an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage, on the wooden carousel or Candy Cane Express train.

800-280-0207 •

Night of Light

Gunnison, CO, December 6: Downtown ushers in the Christmas season with holiday light displays, hot cocoa and local entertainment.

970-641-7605 •

Christmas Open House

Canyon, TX, December 6-7: Pioneer Town offers up holiday music and storytelling, cookie decorating, festive kid’s crafts and more.

806-651-2244 •

Boys Ranch Town Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant

Edmond, OK, December 6-8: The Boys Ranch Town residents, staff’s children and live animals from the ranch come together to present a living nativity and depict the life of Jesus Christ

405-341-3606 •

Christmas at Old Fort Concho

San Angelo, TX, December 6-8: This 1867 fort celebrates the different cultures of Texas with living history and 1800s holiday entertainment.

325-481-2646 •

Christmas in the Stockyards

Fort Worth, TX, December 7: Families gather for the Christmas tree lighting, holiday parade, caroling and a visit from Cowboy Santa.

817-625-9715 •

Prescott Courthouse Christmas Lighting

Prescott, AZ, December 7: In Arizona’s territorial capital, enjoy the lighting of the courthouse plaza, The Christmas Story readings and holiday carolers.

928-777-1100 •

Fort Larned Christmas Open House

Larned, KS, December 14: Scenes of the holidays at 1859 Fort Larned will be brought to life with music, caroling, tours, and tasty treats from long ago.

620-285-6911 •

Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee

Durango, CO, December 19: Country crooners perform their traditional Christmas show with Western music and cowboy poetry and humor.

970-247-7657 •

Christmas at the Cody’s

North Platte, NE, December 19-22: Buffalo Bill Cody’s magnificent 1886 mansion is decorated for the holidays and invites you to visit and enjoy caroling, horse-drawn rides, hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts.

308-532-4729 •

Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Ball

Oklahoma City, OK, December 20: Murphey headlines a Western concert for families that includes a buffet and a visit from Santa.

405-478-2250 •



Festival of Lights Parade

Ruidoso, NM, December 7: Festive parade floats sparkle with twinkle lights and feature holiday designs as they travel through midtown.

575-257-7395 •

Christmas Parade of Lights

Wickenburg, AZ, December 13: Holiday parade showcases colorfully-lit entries, while Santa and  Mrs. Claus ride through historic downtown.

928-684-5479 •



“A Territorial Christmas Carol”

Guthrie, OK, Nov. 29-Dec. 22: This Pollard Theatre original of Charles Dickens’s classic tale is set in the days of the Oklahoma Land Run.

405-282-2800 •


Trade Shows

Country Christmas

Las Vegas, NV, December 5-15: More than 400 vendors display Cowboy Christmas gifts, plus appearances and autographs from cowboy stars.

877-411-7277 •

Dickens on the Strand

Galveston, TX, December 7-8: Bobbies, beefeaters and Queen re-create the Victorian London of Charles Dickens in Galveston’s historic district.

409-765-7834 •

Cowboys on Main

Bandera, TX, December 7-28: Take in the Western display in front of the Bandera County Courthouse, with gunfights, chuckwagons and strolling singers.

830-796-4447 •

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