LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - East Texans are encouraged to celebrate the start of the holiday season with a timeless tradition carried on by some of Lufkin's most hard working and talented students.
The 48th annual lighting of Rudolph the Red Nosed Pumping Unit will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.
Santa will make his grand entrance and take time to greet children.
The event begins with the Boy Scouts posting the American and Texas flags.
The event culminates at 5:30 p.m. with a countdown and the lighting of Rudolph.
During the event, GE Oil & Gas employees will give away red Rudolph antlers and children can enjoy cookies and milk. The Lufkin Community Band will provide holiday music.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Pumping Unit is a fully functioning Mark 640 oil pumping unit that precedes a 38-foot dump trailer where Santa and presents are placed.
The pumping unit is painted red and adorned with more than 1,000 Christmas lights, including those that make up Rudolph's red nose.
The Trailer is a 38-foot frameless Ultra Light II Dump Trailer, and it is decorated to resemble Santa's sleigh. While the company no longer manufactures trailers, this trailer continues to serve as the sleigh for the display. This equipment has become a symbol of the company's dedication to the community and its holiday spirit.