Western Events for December 2015

– Photo by Jackie Demers –
– Photo by Jackie Demers –

Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West!

AUCTION

Premier Firearms Auction
Online, December 4-6: Collectible weapons are up for bid by the world’s leading auction house for historical firearms and military artifacts.
800-238-8022 • RockIslandAuction.com

HOLIDAY FESTIVALS

Community Christmas Parade
Pecos, TX, December 4: 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

Christmas Open House
Canyon, TX, December 4-5: History re-enactors open up Pioneer Town for an 1890s holiday celebration featuring live music and storytelling.
806-651-2244 • PanhandlePlains.org

Cowboy Capital Christmas
Bandera, TX, December 4-5: Celebrate Christmas in the self-proclaimed “Cowboy Capital of the World” with a parade, living nativity and history re-enactments.
800-364-3833 • BanderaCowboyCapital.com

Christmas at Old Fort Concho
San Angelo, TX, December 4-6: This 1867 fort celebrates the different cultures of Texas with living history and 1800s holiday entertainment.
325-657-4441 • FortConcho.com

Prescott Courthouse Christmas Lighting
Prescott, AZ, December 5: “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

High Plains Christmas
Gering, NE, December 5: This High Plains holiday celebration features hayrack rides, marshmallow roasting and cowboy coffee around a bonfire.
308-436-1989 • LegacyOfThePlains.org

Cowboys on Main
Bandera, TX, December 5: Strolling entertainers and history re-enactments bring the holidays to life in front of the Bandera County Courthouse.
830-796-4447 • BanderaCowboyCapital.com

Christmas Past and Present
Grand Island, NE, December 5-12: This lamp-lit tour of Railroad Town includes live music and the sights, sounds, smells and spirit of Christmas.
308-385-5316 • StuhrMuseum.org

North Pole Adventure Train
Lewistown, MT, December 5-19: Enjoy hot cocoa and sing Christmas carols on a ride to meet Santa onboard the Charlie Russell Chew Choo.
406-535-5436 • MontanaDinnerTrain.com

Light of the World Christmas Pageant
Minden, NE, December 6 & 13: Minden celebrates “100 Years of Lights” with 15,000 lights strung from the courthouse and throughout downtown.
308-832-1811 • MindenNE.org

Christmas Parade of Lights
Wickenburg, AZ, December 11: Colorfully-lit floats parade through the streets while Santa and Mrs. Claus ride through historic downtown.
928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com

Fort Larned Christmas Open House
Larned, KS, December 12: 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

Lights Among the Ruins
Jemez Springs, NM, December 12: American Indian ruins illuminate with luminarias as the air fills with traditional flute music.
575-829-3530 • NMHistoricSites.org

1880 Train Holiday Express
Hill City, SD, December 12-23: Take a journey from Hill City to the “North Pole,” where Santa Claus will be waiting to board the genuine 1880 steam train.
605-574-2222 • 1880Train.com

Christmas At the Cody’s
North Platte, NE, December 18-22: Celebrate the holidays in Buffalo Bill Cody’s 1886 mansion with caroling and horse-drawn rides.
308-535-0835 • VisitNorthPlatte.com

Christmas in Old Dodge City
Dodge City, KS, Closes Dec. 25: This 1872 cowtown celebrates the holidays with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a chili cook-off and a light parade.
800-653-9378 • VisitDodgeCity.org

MUSIC & POETRY

Christmas with the Celts
Deadwood, SD, December 3: Partake in a Celtic Christmas celebration, featuring a combination of traditional Scottish/Irish music.
605-559-1187 • TravelSouthDakota.com

Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering
Wickenburg, AZ, December 4-5: Hear performances by some of the nation’s best cowboy poets at this holiday celebration.
928-684-0977 • WickenburgChamber.com

Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee
Durango, CO, December 17: Country crooners perform their traditional Christmas show with Western music and poetry and humor.
970-247-3500 • DurangoConcerts.com

RODEO

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Las Vegas, NV, December 3-12: Fifteen contestants compete for titles in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping and more.
NFRExperience.com

TRADE SHOW

Country Christmas
Las Vegas, NV, December 3-13: More than 400 vendors, exhibitors and retailers have their finest Cowboy Christmas gifts on display.
817-599-7664 • CountryChristmas.com

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