Q.  What is Old West Christmas Light Fest?

A.  Old West Christmas Light Fest is a holiday experience on a real Texas ranch in picturesque Boerne, TX. The 2020 season will be our seventh year of lighting up the holidays and our third year at Enchanted Springs Ranch. We have no affiliated events, so if you're not at Enchanted Springs Ranch, don't be fooled: you're not at the REAL Christmas Light Fest. Our holiday experience includes a light show, laser tag in the lights, mechanical bull rides, Santa's Holly Jolly Herd of longhorns, live music, food, and straight from the North Pole, Santa Claus himself! Brimming with activities and fun, our old West town is the perfect way to make lasting memories this holiday season.

Q.  Is this a drive-thru event?

A.  You’ll see lights before you even come through the gates at Enchanted Springs Ranch, but we are not a drive-thru event. If you stay in your car, you’ll miss all of the fun! You will drive through a path of lights before you park to enjoy the beautifully lit Old West town. Parking is free, and there’s plenty of it.

Q.  Where are you located?

A.  Old West Christmas Light Fest is located at Enchanted Springs Ranch at 242 State Hwy 46 W. Boerne, TX 78006. For some easy directions coming from San Antonio: 
-Drive north on IH 10 West
-Exit the highway at exit 540
-Turn left on Highway 46
-Drive for three quick miles and enter the ranch on your right

You’ll know that you’ve found us when you see the lights! Please remember to drive carefully. We want all of our light lovers to be safe! And if you notice "Unit C" in our address and wonder what that's about, that's how we make sure Claus, as in Santa Claus, gets his mail while he's in Texas!



Event Dates and Times

Q.  What days and times are you open?

A.  Old West Christmas Light Fest will open Thanksgiving night for the 2020 season and will take place on select dates until Christmas day. See our calendar below for specific dates and opening and closing times.

Q.  When is the best time to come?

A.  Weekends (Friday and Saturday nights) are typically the busiest times around the ranch. The closer we get to Christmas, the more active it gets around the Old West town! Each night will vary, but arriving when the gates open at 6:00 PM is generally slower than later in the event. However, with all the space we have in our Old West town, guests can spread out so come out whenever you can!

Q.  Do you ever close during the holiday season?

A.  While we’re always in the holiday spirit, we also want to be sure that all of our fellow holiday lovers are safe. If bad weather forces us to dim our lights for the night, we will make announcements via our social media channels to let everyone know. If the event is closed, due to inclement weather, you will be able to use your ticket for another evening during the 2020 event season. Please contact customer service (info@christmaslightfest.com) for any questions or concerns you may have! We’ll also post a banner on the main page of the website with current event news. 

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Covid-19 Information

Q. What are you doing in response to COVID-19?

A. We are fully committed to the health and safety of all event participants during this year’s event. 

-All attendees and employees will be required to wear face coverings
-All areas of our bigger than Texas indoor and outdoor spaces will comply with appropriate social distancing guidelines and include posted signage to help everyone enjoy time with their families
-All dining tables (Indoor and Outdoor) will be separated at least six feet apart for increased social distancing
-Mobile hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the venue for guests and employees
-Any high-touch areas and surfaces will be frequently sanitized each evening we welcome guests
-We will adhere to all local and statewide health standards and requirements
-We will post our health and safety policies at our entrance so that everyone understands the steps we must all take to keep each other and our communities safe
-We will conduct employee temperature checks prior to scheduled shifts
-All employees, vendors, and entertainers will be pre-screened for symptoms prior to scheduled shifts

Q. Do I have to wear a mask?

A. To stop the spread of any Grinch-like germs, we ask all our event attendees to please wear a mask while they are enjoying the event. Guests are welcome to remove their mask while sitting to eat & drink. Plus, the mask will keep you warm during any chilly hill country nights!

Q. Will there be hand sanitizer and handwashing stations?

A. Yes, there will be several mobile hand sanitizing stations around the ranch and at the bars and dining areas. There will also be various handwashing locations at the numerous restrooms throughout the property. In addition, any high-touch areas and surfaces will be frequently sanitized each evening we welcome guests.

Q. Is there enough space to practice social distancing?

A. With over 15,000 square feet of indoor event space and over 6 acres of our outdoor Old West town, there’s plenty of room to comply with appropriate social distancing guidelines. There will be posted social distancing signage to help everyone enjoy time with their families!

Ticket Information

Q. What payment methods are accepted throughout the event?

A. Cash and cards will be accepted by the various event vendors but we strongly recommend paying with a card due to the national coin shortage and to ensure contactless payments.

Q. Do I need to make a reservation?

A. We don’t want you to miss out on the holiday fun this year! We highly recommend that you pre-purchase your tickets online as soon as possible to ensure you have your tickets before the event sells out.

Q.  What types of tickets are available?

A.  General admission tickets are available for purchase online at our website. Children ages five and under are free!  

Q.  Are buses and tour groups allowed?

A.  Buses and large groups are more than welcome to enjoy Old West Christmas Light Fest. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $10 each. Group tickets are available online as long as all members of your group arrive together. Please send us an email for more details on how to purchase group tickets (info@christmaslightfest.com).

Q.  What payment methods are accepted?

A.  Tickets may be purchased in advance online via credit or debit card. Tickets can be purchased at the gate at an additional cost but we recommend purchasing online in advance to guarantee that you get your ticket before the event is sold out!

Q.  Do you offer any discounts?

A.  Old West Christmas Light Fest offers all members of the military (active duty, guard, reserves, and retired) and their families a $5 discount on tickets. First responders and emergency personnel and their families also receive these discounts throughout the holiday season. Buy your discounted military tickets online and simply show a valid military ID at the Old West Christmas Light Fest gate. Thank you for your service!

Q. What if I buy a ticket, but can't come the night I purchased a ticket for?

A. If you are unable to attend the event the night you originally purchased a ticket for, please contact customer service (info@christmaslightfest.com) to transfer your ticket to a different event date for the 2020 season. 

Q. What if it rains?

A. If the event is closed, due to inclement weather, you will be able to use your ticket for another evening during the 2020 event season. Please contact customer service (info@christmaslightfest.com) for any questions or concerns you may have! 

Q. Can I get a refund?

A. We are unable to issue refunds for purchased tickets but please hold onto your tickets because they may be transferred to a different date or to the 2021 holiday season. 

Q.  Is there a fee for parking onsite?

A.  Parking at Old West Christmas Light Fest is free and we have dedicated handicap parking spaces for those in need of closer parking.

Event Activities and Experience

Q.  When will Santa be visiting Old West Christmas Light Fest?

A.  Santa will be visiting his favorite Texas ranch EVERY night we are open. Bring your wish list and your camera—there’s no charge for photos with Santa at Old West Christmas Light Fest, making it the place to be to get your picture-perfect holiday photo. And if you’re on the naughty list, our Old West town has a jail, so watch out!

Q.  Is there a fee for photos with Santa?

A.  No, pictures with Santa are always free at Old West Christmas Light Fest! The Old West town has more than 40 Old West storefronts, making every spot a picture-perfect photo op! Be sure to also stop by the fantastic Instagram room filled with props to help you make even more share-worthy photos.

Q.  Can we bring in outside food?

A. Outside food and drinks are not permitted at Old West Christmas Light Fest. However, we do have great food vendors waiting to serve holiday favorites everyone will enjoy. We understand some individuals have allergy or dietary issues, and in those cases, please contact us to make arrangements regarding outside food needs.

Q.  What types of food are available?

A.  We have a variety of food trucks throughout the holiday season. On any given night, there could be everything from tacos and tamales to burgers. Yes, really! Santa loves his snacks, so we keep a tasty variety of options for him while he's in Texas. His favorites include s'mores, cookies, hot cocoa, funnel cakes, kettle corn, and of course, beer, wine, and sodas.

Q.  What activities can we enjoy in the Old West Town?

A.  Old West Christmas Light Fest is the best of both worlds! You can enjoy lights from your vehicle as you wind your way onto Enchanted Springs Ranch, then step into a world of holiday magic! 

Twinkling Christmas lights fill the entire Old West town. Stroll along and enjoy the Holiday hits as they are played throughout the whole venue. Along the way, be sure to stop by the synchronized music and light show, the Christmas Instagram room, and say hello to Santa’s Holly Jolly Herd of Texas Longhorn, ready to pull his sleigh across Texas. Make sure to check out the Children’s Light Maze, and the interactive Scavenger Hunt. Other fun activities available for an additional fee include Laser Tag in the Lights and Mechanical Bull rides (Tickets are $7.00 per person). Be sure to visit the Old West Post Office to send Santa your Christmas letter, roast s’mores at the campfires, and stroll through the marketplace to get some Christmas shopping done! Old West Christmas Light Fest is filled with family fun; there’s something for everyone!

Q.  Can you tell me more about Enchanted Springs Ranch?

A.  Enchanted Springs Ranch began as a Hollywood film set and has grown to become one of the area’s premier private event venues for corporate events and company picnics! With a full-scale Old West town with over 40 stylized storefronts, the ranch has been home to many films, commercials, and music videos. Enchanted Springs Ranch is a private event venue that is usually closed to the public but opens its gates to share in the holiday spirit during Old West Christmas Light Fest. It’s the perfect spot for a Hill Country Christmas! If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind venue for your next private event, reach out to the Enchanted Springs Ranch team!

Q.  Is there anything we should bring to make our experience better?

A.  If we’re enjoying cooler Christmas weather, please be sure to dress appropriately. We are an outdoor ranch venue, and you'll want to walk around and enjoy all the event has to offer throughout the Old West town. We recommend proper outdoor attire and footwear. Bring a blanket if you’d like to cozy up with some hot cocoa and snuggle by the fire!

Q.  Do you offer live entertainment?

A. Yes! You’ll find live music on the stage of the Silver Spur Saloon. We also host a variety of school performances, including dance troupes and choirs. Be sure to check out our Entertainment Calendar.

Q.  Can choirs, bands, or other acts perform at Old West Christmas Light Fest?

A.  We welcome anyone who would like to share the Holiday spirit with us this season. If you are interested in performing during the season, more information is available on our website. You can also let us know if you’re interested online today!

Q.  How can I become a vendor at Christmas Light Fest?

A.  We would love to have you join us for the season! We have space for merchant vendors, activity vendors, food vendors, food trucks, and more. For more information on being a part of Old West Christmas Light Fest, take a look at our Vendor Information Packet and Register Online Today!

Event Accessibility

Q.  Are wagons and strollers permitted?

A.  We're the Old West, of course, wagons are allowed! If you'd like to bring your little ones in a wagon or in a stroller to see Santa and enjoy the Old West, feel free. You may need to hitch your stroller or wagon outside of some Old West buildings, however. And note:  our Old West town is authentic. You won't find pavement or asphalt on the streets of our town. We have hosted thousands of visitors and a large number of groups with no accessibility issues, however, the Old West Streets are not a smooth surface. Our grounds are caliche, which means that every once in a while, it's soft enough that our animal friends might leave hoof prints for you to discover. It also means that the wheels of your strollers and wagons might not roll as smoothly as you'd like. Our terrain also includes some slight downhill slopes and walkways as well.

Q.  Is Old West Christmas Light Fest accessible for those with disabilities?

A.  Old West Christmas Light Fest offers both dedicated accessible parking and restrooms to accommodate any visitors who may need them. Note:  Our Old West town is authentic. You won't find pavement or asphalt on the streets of our town. We have hosted thousands of visitors and a large number of groups with no accessibility issues, however, the Old West Streets are not a smooth surface. Our grounds are caliche, which means that every once in a while, it's soft enough that our animal friends might leave hoof prints for you to discover. It also means that wheelchair wheels or wheeled strollers might not roll as smoothly as you'd like. Our terrain also includes some slight downhill slopes and walkways as well. We offer a flat surface entrance to our saloons, so everyone has access to visit Santa and hear live music.

Q.  Are bicycles or scooters allowed to go through the lights?

A.  Due to safety concerns, bicycles and personal scooters are not allowed to be ridden through the lights. As bright as our lights are, it's just too dark on the trail to ensure safety for everyone.

Q.  Can we bring our pet?

A.  Furry friends are welcome at Old West Christmas Light Fest. We do ask that they be on a leash to help ensure their safety and the safety of others. Enchanted Springs Ranch is home to a large number of wild animals, as well as Santa's Holly Jolly Herd, and we want everyone to be safe during the holiday season. Service animals are also always welcome at Old West Christmas Light Fest. And don't forget the doggie bags! We ask that you to clean up after our four-legged friends!

Q.  How can I keep up with news about Christmas Light Fest?

A. The website is your go-to place for all things Christmas Light Fest, but for real-time updates and information about the event, follow us on social media! 
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