We are gearing up for a busy holiday season here in Lufkin.
Starting tomorrow, the city of Lufkin will be celebrating our local veterans with the Pineywoods Veterans Celebration and Parade.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will proceed down First Street toward Bronaugh Park, where the festivities will begin. Once at the park, The Crime Stoppers Band will perform and all of the veterans and their families will be able to enjoy a free hamburger. We would love for everyone to come and show their support for our veterans. Those of you who attend but are not veterans will have the option of purchasing a meal from a few of our local food trucks that will be set up on site. We are expecting a great turnout with more than 30 entries in the parade.
If we continue to have bad weather on the day of the parade, we will have the voice mail for 633-0349 set up at 8 a.m. to alert everyone if the parade has been canceled.
On Tuesday, The Pines Theater is proud to present Duwende. This phenomenal group of performers is a six-person a cappella band known for their fiercely original, bass-and-beatbox-driven funk/pop style. In 2011, Duwende released “Remember: The Music of Michael Jackson,” gaining them widespread acclaim and leading them to performances for the United Nations, the Bill Clinton Global Initiative and a World AIDS Day Event in Amsterdam just to name a few. Come enjoy the songs from The King of Pop and Duwende. Tickets can be purchased online at thepineslufkin.com or by calling 633-0359. Don’t miss this fabulous night at The Pines.
Starting Nov. 23 through Jan. 3, 2016, the Museum of East Texas will be presenting the annual spectacular “Festival of Trees.” The museum hallways will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a variety of trees decorated in every way imaginable. It is truly a magnificent sight to behold. Each year it thrills and delights countless numbers of visitors. The funds raised from the sponsors of the event go toward providing scholarships for art camp, watercolors for Celebrate Paint and technology for the museum. Last year’s grand display featured more than 80 trees ranging in size from 3 feet to 12 feet tall.
Nov. 30 begins the countdown to Christmas with Lufkin’s annual Main Street Christmas Parade. The parade winds through the streets of downtown Lufkin with all the sights and sounds of the holiday season. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to floats in the commercial and non-commercial divisions. Of course, Santa will be there as well to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas.”
Get ready for the inaugural year of the Yule Love Lufkin Christmas Festival, to be held Dec. 18-21, in the beautiful new outside pavilion at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. Be sure to mark your calendars for this fabulous four-day Christmas extravaganza. You won’t want to miss out on the huge ice skating rink, human snow globe, daily performances, breakfast with Santa, tons of vendors and much, much more. For a full list of events, be sure to check out our webpage at visitlufkin.com.
Tickets are on sale now for the Breakfast with Santa event, and signup for the Gingerbread House Contest is taking place as well. For questions, or to purchase tickets, stop by the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. A limited number of people will be able to attend the Breakfast with Santa and participate in the Gingerbread House contest, so sign-up as soon as you can.
If anyone is interested in volunteering, becoming a vendor or sponsoring the Yule Love Lufkin Festival please give us a call at 633-0359 and we will get you all of the information you need.
Here at the LCVB we are ready for the holiday festivities. For a complete list of holiday happenings please check out our website event calendar at visitlufkin.com.
Taylor Mulnix is an administrative assistant for the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her email address is email@example.com.