The holidays are finally here and there are so many ways to celebrate such a fun-filled time of the year. If you weren’t able to attend the Rudolph lighting ceremony or the Main Street Christmas parade, there are still plenty of festivities that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
The George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center will be transformed into “An Evening in Old Bethlehem” from 6 -8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Lufkin’s First United Methodist Church brings the city of Lufkin and Angelina County back to the night Jesus was born as they recreate the old city of Bethlehem. Bring the whole family for a wonderful evening. For more information call 639-3141.
On Tuesday join us downtown at The Pines Theater for a night of classic Christmas songs sung by Linda Eder, one of America’s most beloved singers and dynamic live performers. Most recently, in October 2013, Linda released “Christmas Where You Are,” the follow-up to her best-selling and critically acclaimed “Christmas Stays the Same.” Tickets can be purchased online at thepineslufkin.com or by calling 633-0359.
For the event we have all been awaiting with great anticipation, the inaugural Yule Love Lufkin Christmas Festival is fast approaching. Enjoy the holidays with family and friends in downtown Lufkin Dec. 18-21 in the plaza of the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. You won’t want to miss out on the ice-skating rink, human snow globe, daily performances, breakfast with Santa, tons of vendors and much more.
From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 18, the Museum of East Texas has its Festival of Trees; 3-10 p.m., the festival opens, with ice skating for $10 per 30-minute interval. Skates are available in size 4 kids-13 adults, vendors, shopping, photos in life-sized snow globe; 5-6 p.m., entertainment in the plaza; 6 p.m., tree lighting ceremony; 7 p.m., movie in the amphitheater, “White Christmas.”
From 8-10 a.m. Dec. 19, attend Breakfast with Santa, presented by Whataburger. Tickets: $10 in advance at the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Children under the age of 3 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. With the purchase of a ticket you receive one breakfast plate. Limited number of tickets available. Santa will arrive around 8:30 a.m. to greet the children. Join Santa as he reads “’Twas the Night before Christmas.” From 10 a.m.-10 p.m., ice skating at $10 per 30-minute interval, vendors, shopping, snow globe photos; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., entertainment on the stage; noon-1 p.m., Heat 1 Gingerbread House decorating contest brought to you by Grandough Baking Company. Teams of two or three may enter with a $10 entry fee. All teams must sign up at the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Limited number of teams will be able to participate. For sign-up info: 633-0359. From 10 a.m.-8 p.m. visit the Museum of East Texas’ Festival of Trees; 2- 3 p.m.: Heat 2 Gingerbread House Decorating Contest; 5 p.m., movies in the amphitheater, Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and 7:30 p.m. “Elf.”
From 1-8 p.m. Dec. 20, enjoy ice skating and the Museum of East Texas’ Festival of Trees; 2-4 p.m., entertainment on the stage; 4-5 p.m., cake walk competitions; 5 p.m., movie in the amphitheater, “Miracle on 34th Street.”
From 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec 21, skating, vendors, shopping, snow globe photos; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.: Museum of East Texas, Festival of Trees; 5 p.m., movie in the amphitheater, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
For more information on the Yule Love Lufkin Christmas Festival go online to visitlufkin.com or stop by the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau for a flyer. If you have any questions about entering in the Gingerbread House Decorating contest or participating in the Breakfast with Santa please call 633-0359.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the city of Lufkin and the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau!