Glide through a Winter Wonderland with this new holiday tradition

A new holiday tradition is coming to Lufkin! The City of Lufkin & Visit Lufkin are proud to bring you Ice Skating in the Pines.

The City contracted with California-based Ice-America to bring a 3,300-square-foot ice arena to the Pitser Garrison Convention Center’s Angelina Room. The arena is real ice, not an alternative surface like plastic, according to City of Lufkin Marketing Director Tara Hendrix.

“We are so excited to bring a real ice-skating opportunity to Lufkin without the need to travel two or three hours out of town,” Hendrix said. “From Christmas décor and music to lights, hot chocolate, and even jolly old Saint Nick himself – we hope this event creates wonderful holiday memories for the young and young at heart.”

Ice Skating in the Pines is set to kick off December 3rd at 2:00 PM and will run through January 8th. Up to 80 skaters will be allowed at a time and a Zamboni will run hourly to smooth the ice. There will also be special themed nights and pictures with Santa.

“Skating in the Pines opens the same day as The Lighting of Rudolph, so mark Dec. 3 on your calendars as the official start of our Christmas season,” Hendrix said.

The City of Lufkin is currently hiring for seasonal positions with Ice Skating in the Pines, including cashiers and a general manager. Applications for those positions can be submitted online here.

For more information and operating hours, or to buy tickets you can click here.

Ticket pricing:

(45-minute skating session INCLUDES ice skate rental)
  • $12.95 for children 12 years and under
  • $16.95 for 12 years and older - online tickets
  • $18.95 for 12 years and older - in person


  • Reservations required and ticket holder MUST show up 15 minutes prior to your ice-skating session.
  • This ticket is valid ONLY on the specific date and time shown on the ticket that you have selected based on availability. This ticket is valid for one – 45-minute ice skating session. This ticket includes your ice-skating session and ice skate rental. Skate aids and helmets are available on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional charge.
  • Socks are mandatory (not provided) for this ice skate rental. Waiver for ice skating must be signed prior to entry of the ice arena.
  • Ice skating participants must be able to stand/walk alone without assistance. The minimum shoe requirement is youth size 9. If the participant’s shoe size is smaller than youth size 9, skating will not be permitted.
  • Ice skating sessions are available every evening - rain or shine!

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Jade Allen

Jade Allen

Jade Allen explores East Texas to bring the most exciting activities and locations to The East Texas Weekend. Jade came to Texas in 2018, where it has steadily become a home and a place to explore.