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Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West this December.


Prescott Courthouse Christmas Parade & Lighting

Prescott, AZ, December 1: “Arizona’s Christmas City” kicks off the holidays with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa Claus.

928-777-1100 • Visit-Prescott.com

Christmas in Old Dodge City

Dodge City, KS, thru December 25: This 1872 cowtown celebrates with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a chili cook-off, and light parade.

800-653-9378 • VisitDodgeCity.org

Santa’s North Pole Adventure

Georgetown, CO, Through January 3: Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, and candy canes with Santa and his helpers aboard decorated train coaches.

888-456-6777 • GeorgetownLoopRR.com

Christmas Past and Present

Grand Island, NE, December 1: This lamp-lit tour of Railroad Town offers live music in a festive celebration of the spirit of Christmas.

308-385-5316 • StuhrMuseum.org

Cowboys on Main

Bandera, TX, December 1-29: Strolling entertainers and history re-enactors bring frontier Christmas to life in front of the county courthouse every Saturday.

830-796-4447 • BanderaCowboyCapital.com

Frontier Christmas at Sharlot Hall

Prescott, AZ, December 1: Living history actors recount what Christmas was like in the territorial past.

928-445-3122 • Sharlot.org

High Plains Christmas

Gering, NE, December 1: This High Plains holiday gathering features hay rides, marsh-mallow roasts, and bonfire cowboy coffee.

308-436-1989 • LegacyOfThePlains.org

Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights at Lied Lodge

Nebraska City, NE, weekends December 1-31: Climb aboard the Arbor Day Farm trolley for a tour of Historic Nebraska City and a show of Christmas lights.

800-546-5433 • LiedLodge.org

Light of the World Christmas Pageant

Minden, NE, December 2 & 9: Minden celebrates “103 Years of Lights” with 15,000 lights strung throughout downtown.

308-832-1811 • MindenNE.org

Country Christmas

Las Vegas, NV, December 6-16: More than 400 vendors, exhibitors and retailers have their finest Cowboy Christmas gifts on display.

817-599-7664 • CountryChristmas.com

Christmas at Old Fort Concho

San Angelo, TX, December 7-9: This 1867
fort celebrates the different cultures of Texas with living history and 1800s holiday entertainment.

325-657-4441 • FortConcho.com

Christmas at The Cody’s

North Platte, NE, December 7–23: Celebrate the holidays in Buffalo Bill Cody’s 1886 mansion, featuring caroling and horse-drawn rides.

308-535-0835 • VisitNorthPlatte.com

Community Christmas Parade

Pecos, TX, December 7: Watch a Christmas parade with brightly decorated floats and live music, in the town that boasts hosting the world’s first rodeo in 1883.

432-445-2406 • VisitPecos.com

Cowboy Capital Christmas

Bandera, TX, December 7: The self-proclaimed “Cowboy Capital of the World” celebrates with a parade, living nativity, and re-enactments.

800-364-3833 • BanderaCowboyCapital.com

Wickenburg Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering

Wickenburg, AZ, December 7-8: Visit the western town of Wickenburg for a festive holiday celebration of cowboy poetry and song.

928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com

Christmas Light Parade & Lighting of the Historic Courthouse Luminaries

Tombstone, AZ, December 8: Luminaries surrounding the courthouse are lit as the Christmas parade moves through the town and ends within sight of the historic building.

520-457-9317 • TombstoneChamber.com

Fort Larned Christmas Open House

Larned, KS, December 8: Travel back to Fort Larned in 1859 for an old-fashioned Yuletide celebration with Christmas carols and hot cider.

620-285-6911 • NPS.gov/fols

Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee

Durango, CO, December 13-14: Country crooners perform their traditional Christmas show with Western music, poetry, and humor.

970-247-3500 • DurangoConcerts.com

Wickenburg Christmas Parade of Lights

Wickenburg, AZ, December 14: Colorfully-lit floats parade through the streets while Santa and Mrs. Claus ride through historic downtown.

928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com


Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Las Vegas, NV, December 6-15: Fifteen contestants compete for titles in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping and more.


Visit TWMag.com for more information.

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