Christmas in Dodge City


Christmas time in Dodge City is celebrated with several wonderful events. From holiday concerts, tree lighting ceremonies, light parades, decorating contests, and several visits from ol' Saint Nick, there is always something to do during the holiday season in Dodge City!

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    Parade of Lights & Chili Cook Off

    This event kicks off Christmas in Dodge City. Enjoy chili samples at the Boot Hill Museum during the chili cook-off and then catch the annual parade of lights.
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    Mayor's Tree Lighting & Prize Giveaway

    Don't miss the annual Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony and Prize Giveaway at the Dodge City Visitor Information Center.
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    Holiday Light Tours & Decorating Contests

    Climb aboard the Historic Trolley and enjoy an evening of lights, music, and fun with your friends and family. The annual Light Up Contests reward homeowners who go the extra mile with their decoratio...

Annual Events

IMG_7308Parade of Lights & Chili Cook Off

Starting at 4 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 27, Downtown Dodge City becomes a winter wonderland. Visit Santa's house, sip hot chocolate, register for prizes, sample delicious chili, take part in the annual snowball drop, enjoy carols, and the Mayor's tree lighting ceremony, culminating in the annual Parade of Lights.

Boot Hill Museum's Breakfast with Santa

On Dec. 2, enjoy breakfast, crafts, story time, and games. Also get your picture taken with Santa during the Boot Hill Museum’s Breakfast with Santa.

A Christmas Tea

Join the Ford County Historical Society on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Mueller-Schmidt House (Home of Stone) for A Christmas Tea. Enjoy period-appropriate refreshments and caroling accompanied by the pump organ.

HLT_TrainHoliday Lights Tours

Climb aboard the Historic Trolley and enjoy an evening of lights, music, and fun with your friends and family. Tours offered on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday nights. Go to for schedule and details.

Dodge City Cowboy Band Christmas Concert

Join the Dodge City Cowboy Band at the Village Square Mall on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. for its annual Christmas Concert.

Gingerbread House Party

Explore your Holiday creativity by building your very own Gingerbread House when Arrowhead West presents the Gingerbread House Party at the Western State Bank Expo Center on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.! Enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies while you build the perfect gingerbread house.

For more information and events occurring during the holiday season, we encourage you to like and follow Christmas in Dodge City Facebook page.

Christmas in Dodge City Events & Activity Booklet

Inside you will find details regarding Dodge City's Annual Parade of Lights and Chili Cook Off, map of the parade route, a list of community events throughout the holiday season, and fun activities. Special thanks to the 2023 booklet sponsor Cargill.

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