LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Plaza outside of the Pitser Garrison Convention Center was packed Friday night as Lufkin rang in the holiday season with the inaugural Yule Love Lufkin Christmas Festival.
The event kicked off with cheers as State Representative Trent Ashby and a group of children turned on the lights of the 16 foot tall Christmas tree.
"This is a great event," New Beginnings Baptist Church Music Director Greg Garcia said. "Everybody's out here. It feels like Christmas. You can feel the joy."
"Lufkin was lacking something for a family to do over the weekend that was leading up to Christmas," Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Tara Watson Watkins said. "We wanted to be able to showcase the outdoor plaza and show off what we have in downtown."
The event has various events scheduled over the weekend including a sold out breakfast with Santa event, gingerbread house competition, gospel singing, vendor booths and an outdoor ice skating rink.
"The ice skating is really cool," Watkins said. "It is a synthetic ice rink so it is a little different then a bigger rink but the result and feel of the rink is the same."
Getting into the event is free. The only cost is the ice skating which is $10 for a 30 minute session.
"I think it will be a great tradition to start for families," Renee Chaviers said. "We will be back next year."
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