Blending holiday spirit with a bit of western history, the City of Carlsbad will host its annual Holiday at the Rancho event Saturday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Highlights will include a snow hill for sledding, a cowboy-hat-wearing Santa, pony rides, and a holiday movie under the stars. People of all ages will also be entertained by face painting, holiday shopping, cookie decorating, and a spectacular tree-lighting ceremony. Rachael Shay, Special Events Supervisor for the City of Carlsbad, said the Holiday at the Rancho is a community holiday celebration that highlights the City of Carlsbad and Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park’s rich history. “We are so lucky to have this unique property in Carlsbad,” she continued. “It lends itself to a nostalgic holiday.” Attendees can get a taste of this history by taking part in a thirty-minute guided tour of the hacienda between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Presale tickets are available at $6 per person until Dec. 5, and tickets at the door are $8. Children under 3 are free. For more information contact Rachael Shay at To purchase tickets visit