Western Events for December 2017 Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West this December.

Western Events December 2017 True West
Lonesome Dove Exhibition.

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

AUCTIONS

Rock Island Premiere Firearms Auction

Online, December 1-3: 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

Christmas in Old Dodge City

Dodge City, KS, December 1-25: This 1872 cowtown celebrates with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a chili cook-off, and light parade.

800-653-9378 • VisitDodgeCity.org

Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee

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

970-247-3500 • DurangoConcerts.com

Christmas Open House

Canyon, TX, December 1: 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 1-2: The self-proclaimed “Cowboy Capital of the World” celebrates with a parade, living nativity, and re-enactments.

800-364-3833 • BanderaCowboyCapital.com

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Christmas at Old Fort Concho.

Christmas at Old Fort Concho

San Angelo, TX, December 1-3: This 1867 fort celebrates the different cultures of Texas with living history and 1800s holiday entertainment.

325-657-4441 • FortConcho.com

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

Santa’s North Pole Adventure

Georgetown, CO, December 1-31: Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, and candy canes with Santa and his helpers aboard decorated train coaches.

888-456-6777 • GeorgetownLoopRR.com

Wickenburg Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering

Wickenburg, AZ, December 1-2: Visit the western town of Wickenburg for a festive holiday celebration of cowboy poetry and song.

928-684-5479 • WickenburgChamber.com

Christmas Past and Present

Grand Island, NE, December 2 & 9: 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 2-30: Strolling entertainers and history re-enactors bring frontier Christmas to life in front of the county courthouse.

830-796-4447 • BanderaCowboyCapital.com

Frontier Christmas at Sharlot Hall

Prescott, AZ, December 2: Living history actors recount what Christmas was like in the territorial past.

928-445-3122 • Sharlot.org

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Christmas At The Cody’s.

Christmas At The Cody’s

North Platte, NE, December 8–23: Celebrate the holidays in Buffalo Bill Cody’s 1886 mansion, featuring caroling and horse-drawn rides.

308-535-0835 • VisitNorthPlatte.com

High Plains Christmas

Gering, NE, December 2: This High Plains holiday gathering features hay rides, marsh-mallow roasts, and bonfire cowboy coffee.

308-436-1989 • LegacyOfThePlains.org

Prescott Courthouse Christmas Parade & Lighting

Prescott, AZ, December 2: “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

Community Christmas Parade

Pecos, TX, December 3: 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

Light of the World Christmas Pageant

Minden, NE, December 3 & 10: Minden celebrates “102 Years of Lights” with 15,000 lights strung throughout downtown.

308-832-1811 • MindenNE.org

Country Christmas

Las Vegas, NV, December 7-17: More than 400 vendors, exhibitors and retailers have their finest Cowboy Christmas gifts on display.

817-599-7664 • CountryChristmas.com

Christmas Light Parade & Lighting of the Historic Courthouse Luminaries

Tombstone, AZ, December 9: 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

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Wickenburg Christmas Parade of Lights.

Wickenburg Christmas Parade of Lights

Wickenburg, AZ, December 8: 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 9: Travel back to Fort Larned in 1859 for an old-fashioned
Yuletide celebration with Christmas carols and hot cider.

620-285-6911 • NPS.gov

RODEOS

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Las Vegas, NV, December 7-16:  Fifteen contestants compete for titles in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping and more.

702-260-8605 • NFRExperience.com

WESTERN FILM EXHIBITIONS

Lonesome Dove Exhibition

Canyon, TX, closes December 3: Experience the essence of the beloved four-part drama Lonesome Dove through photos from the filming of the beloved western.

806-651-2242 • PanhandlePlains.org

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