Big Town Premier Gun Show
Mesquite, TX, December 12-13: Visit the Premier Gun Show and its 750 tables at Big Town. The public is invited to buy, sell or trade.
817-732-1194 • PremierGunShows.com
Christmas Parade of Lights & Chili Cook‑Off
Dodge City, KS, November 30: The 19th annual Parade of Lights and Chili Cook-off includes chili judging at 4 p.m. and sampling, which begins at 5 p.m. A virtual Santa’s house and Santa’s Sleigh Ride will be at the event, too.
800-OLD-WEST • VisitDodgeCity.org
Community Christmas Lighting and Fireworks
Pecos, TX, December 1: Get in the spirit of the season with a Christmas tree-lighting, caroling, fireworks, hot chocolate and cookies.
432-445-2406 • VisitPecos.com
Light of the World Christmas Pageant
Minden, NE, December 1, 7 and 8: Minden celebrates “105 Years of Lights” with 15,000 lights strung throughout downtown.
308-832-1811 • MindenNE.org
Christmas at Old Fort Concho
San Angelo, TX, December 4-6: This 1867 fort celebrates the different cultures of Texas with three days full of Christmas cheer, including shopping, living history and much more.
325-481-2646 • FortConcho.com
Christmas Past and Present
Grand Island, NE, December 7-8, 13-14: This lamp-lit tour of Railroad Town offers live music in a festive celebration of the spirit of Christmas.
308-385-5316 • StuhrMuseum.org
High Plains Christmas
Gering, NE, December 5: This High Plains holiday gathering features hayrides, marshmallow roasts and bonfire cowboy coffee.
308-436-1989 • LegacyOfThePlains.org
Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Outlaw Square
Deadwood, SD, December 4: All are welcome to join the community Christmas tree-lighting at Outlaw Square. The tree-lighting will be at 5:15 p.m., and Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m. for this holiday event for the entire family.
605-717-6848 • Deadwood.com
32nd Annual Wickenburg Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering
Wickenburg, AZ, December 4-5: Visit the Western community for a special heritage event. The Cowboy Reception is on Friday, December 4, and includes beer/wine and appetizers at the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center.
928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com
18th Annual Parade of Lights
Missoula, MT, December 5: Kick off the holiday season with a day of family activities that bring the community together for free and low cost children’s activities, holiday carolers and performers, hot cocoa and cookies, all culminating with the annual Parade of Lights and annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Circle Square.
406-543-4238 • MissoulaDowntown.com
Wickenburg 26th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights
Wickenburg, AZ, December 11: Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season amid the glittering lights of the 26th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights “Out Wickenburg Way.” More than 30 floats will fill the streets of downtown Wickenburg on December 11, starting at 6:30 p.m.
928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com
Our Christmas Past: A Frontier Army Christmas at Fort Larned
Larned, KS, December 12: There will be pictures with Santa in the North Officers’ quarters, 1860s holiday food in the Barracks Mess Hall, carriage rides around the fort grounds, and 19th-century crafts and games for the children.
620-285-6911 • NPS.gov
Christmas Light Parade & Lighting of the Historic Courthouse Luminaries
Tombstone, AZ, December 12: The sound of caroling will fill the streets along with the glow of a thousand twinkling lights and the “ho ho ho” of Santa in his sleigh. Great Old West fun for the entire family.
520-457-9317 • TombstoneChamber.com
Singing in the Saddle
Bandera, TX, December 14-15: Join Santa for a Christmas caroling trail ride around town. Wagons or buggies are available for non-riders, as space allows. Bring your guitar if you’d like. The ride leaves promptly at 1 p.m.
830-796-4447 • BanderaCowboyCapital.com
Christmas at The Codys’
North Platte, NE, December 17-20: Celebrate the holidays in Buffalo Bill Cody’s 1886 mansion with caroling and horse-drawn rides.
308-535-0835 • VisitNorthPlatte.com