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Lufkin, Texas: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit

During the winter holidays, oil pumping equipment company Lufkin Industries sets up a decorated as a cheery cybernetic reindeer pulling a sleigh. The lighting ceremony is held before Thanksgiving.

Charlton St., Lufkin, TX
Charlton St. and s 3rd St. In parking lot next to the municipal court building.
Seasonal Nov.-Jan. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit

Stop at the nearby coffee shop! Standpipe coffee. Walk to the attraction.

[Karen, 11/26/2021]
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit has moved downtown. It is now in the parking lot next to the municipal court.

[Michael, 11/27/2019]

Rudolph the Red Nosed Pumping Unit.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit

Rudolph has been a holiday season tradition in Lufkin since 1967. It's a working oil pump jack, modified to resemble the most famous of Reindeer: Rudolph. Designed and built by Lufkin Industries, it is a tradition each year to see this icon light up the Lufkin Mall sky along with its Santa Sleigh. The pumping unit is painted red and has over 1,200 colored Christmas lights, along with the brightly lit Rudolph's nose.

[Chris Harmon, 06/15/2013]
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit

This is a seasonal roadside attraction (November-January). Lufkin, Texas is home to Lufkin Industries, the manufacturer of heavy oil pumping equipment. Lufkin Industries has customized one of their oil pumpers to look like a reindeer. Each holiday season, Rudolph is assembled on the major thoroughfare in town, and lit and decorated. For 40+ years, people of East Texas (plus many others) have come to view this "reindeer" and take photos.

[Kay Bernzweig, 06/08/2012]

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