The Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Lufkin are proud to bring you the second annual Yule Love Lufkin Christmas Festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 17. This is a spectacular one-day event, so come out and enjoy a day of family and fun as we transform the Pitser Garrison Convention Center into a winter wonderland.
Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m., before the festival begins, enjoy breakfast with Santa. Bring the whole family to enjoy a honey-butter chicken biscuit breakfast sponsored by Whataburger. After filling your tummies, gather around Santa as he reads “The Night Before Christmas.” Then everyone will have a chance to meet Santa and pose for a photo. Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased in advance. No tickets can be purchased at the door the morning of the event. Children under 3 are free, but will be required to share a breakfast plate with an adult who purchased a ticket. Call 633-0359 to reserve your tickets today. Only a limited number are available.
After Breakfast with Santa, stick around as we kick off the second annual Yule Love Lufkin Christmas Festival. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. you will be able to shop in Santa’s Workshop. We have vendors from all across Texas coming to participate. This is a great opportunity to get your last-minute Christmas shopping done. There will be all kinds of unique gifts for all ages. The Yule Love Lufkin Christmas Festival is also excited to partner with the downtown Lufkin merchants and their Downtown Shopping Extravaganza, so be sure to stop by downtown and see what kind of great things they have to offer as well.
The festival also will feature all-day entertainment on the stage by local groups, choirs, dancers and performers. The performances will last 30 minutes each, so come be entertained and filled with Christmas cheer as you enjoy the shopping. If you or a group that you know may be interested in performing at the festival ,please call 633-0359.
If you are not a dancer, singer or performer, but you still want to participate in the festival, maybe the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is for you. We will have two heats of participants. The first heat will consist of one or two participants ages 15 and under accompanied by one parent or guardian. The second heat will consist of two to three participants ages 16 and up. Each heat will be judged by local baker extraordinaire, Justin Kezar of Grandough Baking Company, as well as other special guest judges. The winner of each heat will receive a prize from Grandough Baking Company, and the overall winner will receive an even grander prize from Grandough Baking Company. Get your team together and start designing your winning gingerbread house design. Call 633-0359 for entry rules and regulations and to sign up your team. All teams must pay a $10 entry fee.
If you don’t make it for the breakfast, but you still want a picture of your child with Santa, then we have the perfect solution. Kellie Gann & Company has partnered with the Yule Love Lufkin Christmas Festival to provide professional portraits with Santa all day Saturday. The cost is $20 per pose for a 5-by-7 digital copy. Extended sessions for parents who wish to purchase a minimum of four poses with Santa will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 16. Friday sessions are by appointment only. Call (409) 622-1040 to book your extended session.
If all of this doesn’t sound like enough Christmas fun, be sure to stop by the Museum of East Texas, located next to the Pitser Garrison Convention Center, to explore the Festival of Trees. The Museum of East Texas transforms every year into a wonderland of ornaments and lights. The grand display features more than 80 trees ranging in size from 3 feet to 12 feet tall, each beautifully decorated in uniquely creative ways. Entry to the Festival of Trees is free.
For any questions concerning the Yule Love Lufkin Christmas Festival, please call 633-0359 or check out our website at visitlufkin.com. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook for any updates at Visit Lufkin.
Taylor Mulnix is an administrative assistant for the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her email address is email@example.com.