Christmas at the Empire Ranch, December 9, 2023

On the second Saturday in December we enjoy welcoming guests to the festively decorated Empire Ranch House  for a bit of holiday cheer and some fun shopping.   Over 350 excited visitors attended  2022 Christmas at the Empire Ranch event on December 10, 2022.  Click here to see photos of the event.

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2023 Christmas at the Empire Ranch

Saturday, December 9, 2023

10 am to 2 pm

2022 Program



Music by Permafrost Road. John Adams & Ken Brown (fiddle & guitar & vocals)

All Day Activities

  • Share your wish list with Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Docent Tours at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30– Visitor Contact Station Front Porch
  • Visit the Tack Room and talk to experts about ranching tools/equipment
  • Groundwork horse training by Regi Richter, Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Participant
  • 50/50 and Bucket Raffles
  • Make and Take Ornaments
  • Enjoy cookies and candies provided by ERF Board members and volunteers
  • Visit the ERF Outreach Tent and our Vendors & Non-Profit Partners

Trail Rides

45-minute rides depart at 10, 11, 12, or 1. Ride is $40. Riders must be age 8 or older; 18 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Vendors and Non-Profit Organizations

  • Bombshell Sweets of Southern Arizona (Gourmet Cotton Candy, Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade, Sugar Sours )
  • Buckland Abbey L.L.C (Western author Doug Hocking)
  • Forever Home Donkey Rescue & Sanctuary Inc (visit donkeys and have your picture taken with a donkey)
  • GreyRose Art (Small batch clay earrings, ornaments and jesmonite pieces)
  • Hayden Outdoors (ranch and farm real estate broker)
  • Purple Devil Donuts (fresh cake donuts)
  • Sahuarita Community 4-H Club (free spider drawing every half hour)
  • Sonoita CNC Design (Western metal goods)
  • Timothy Holmes (paintings)