By SoAzNewsX

What is a Cowboy Christmas? It is celebrated essentially at the end of a cattle drive or a rodeo. At the Empire Ranch this year, Cowboy Christmas was a bit different celebration.

The event opened up the historic Empire Ranch to the public who got to see the Empire decked out in Christmas splendor. Cowboy Christmas at the Empire Ranch was presented by the Empire Ranch Foundation. Learn more about the historic property used as the backdrop for numerous Hollywood westerns and the Foundation at

Enjoy a photo essay of the event. All photos are by Sally Reichardt, SoAzNewsX Photo Editor.

Boy Scout Troop 41 from Tucson with Cowboy Santa
Inside the Empire decorated to the hilt
Boy Scout Troop 41 getting their own tour of the Empire Ranch buildings
Boy Scout Troop 41 chowin’ down with Christmas goodies
Empire Ranch Foundation Executive Director Bobbie Young talks with visitors and volunteers
You can tell it’s Cowboy Christmas time at the Empire Ranch
Retired Hollywood stuntman “Bunker” de France reads Cowboy Christmas poetry to visitors
Here’s two characters with their hands caught in the proverbial cookie jar! It’s Kody Boice in the back and Millie Derback in the front.
A pair of good ol’ boys enjoying coffee and conversation at the Cowboy Christmas at the Empire Ranch