The City of Carlsbad’s annual Holiday at the Rancho celebration is back to bring a bit of holiday spirit, western history, and family fun to local families on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. The event will feature a tree-lighting ceremony, cookie decorating, holiday shopping, face painting, crafts, an outdoor movie, and other entertainment. Santa himself will be making an appearance as well, and he might even be wearing his cowboy hat! Photos with Santa can be captured with cameras or purchased for $3. Pony rides will also be available for $6. Once a working ranchero, the park was owned by actor, philanthropist, poet, preservationist, and rancher Leo Carrillo. “We are so lucky to have this unique property in Carlsbad,” said City of Carlsbad Special Events Supervisor Rachael Shay. “It lends itself to the nostalgia of the holiday season.” For more information or to purchase tickets visit