Happy Holidays in Auburn-Opelika


Happy Holidays in Auburn-Opelika

Get in the holiday spirit with these annual events

Looking for holiday festivities for your group? Look no further than Auburn-Opelika! From parades to 5Ks to gingerbread villages, there's something for every group. Cheers to the holidays and happy New Year!

Opelika Holiday Open House - November 14, 2021

Start your Christmas shopping off by visiting the charming shops and restaurants in downtown Opelika. You will find many unique and special gifts and can mark those hard people off your list! And, if you just can’t decide, then a gift card is always appreciated. Enjoy music, free gift wrapping, door prizes, and refreshments to get you in the holiday spirit.

Small Business Saturday - November 27, 2021

You can feel good about supporting small businesses when you shop on Small Business Saturday! Celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving, this is a great chance to explore downtown Auburn and downtown Opelika. 

Sno*pelika Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting - November 30, 2021

Snopelika will be a winter wonderland festival from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. including a tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m as artificial snow falls throughout courthouse square. The Opelika Chamber is accepting vendors to participate during the event. Business owners and organizations can apply by completing an application here. The event will conclude with the Opelika High School marching band leading the community from Courthouse Square to the Opelika Christmas Tree at 6:30pm. Mayor Fuller and City Council will share a Christmas story before the official tree lighting. The event is brought to you by the presenting sponsor: Railroad Investment Group.

Decorations Swap 

Tired of your Christmas decorations? Want to try something new but don’t want to spend a ton of money? Come to a decoration swap at the Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library!

Opelika High School and Opelika Middle School Bands' Christmas Concert  

Get into the holiday spirit with the OHS/OMS bands' Christmas concert! The performance will take place at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts. 

Snow Much Fun Christmas Extravaganza - December 5, 2021

Join the Opelika Chamber and East Alabama Medical Center at the Courthouse Square for Opelika’s biggest Christmas season kick-off event ever! This event will include an inflatable snowglobe for pictures, a giant inflatable slide, a Reindog Parade for dogs and their pet owners, a choir competition, and a giving-back sleigh! The event will conclude with an official tree lighting. The event is free and open to the public. 

Opelika Christmas Parade - December 4, 2021

This is an annual community event that occurs on the first Saturday of December. Hundreds of people attend to see over 70 parade entries to kick off the Christmas season. The purpose of the event is to give chamber members an opportunity for recognition in the community through sponsorship opportunities as well as participating in the parade.

Polar Express with Auburn Parks and Recreation - December 4, 2021

Bring your kiddos to the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center to hop aboard the Polar Express! Activities include "train" rides, arts & crafts, sweet treats, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much more! Children are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday pajamas.

Jingle Jog 5K and Santa Stroll Fun Run - December 4, 2021

Ready to burn off those holiday calories? The Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run is back, so pull out those ugly sweaters again! Join Active Auburn for this annual run in downtown Auburn to ring in the holiday season in style!

Ho Ho Ho Hike at the Kreher Preserve - December 4, 2021

Bring the family to the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center for the annual Ho Ho Ho Hike! Venture out on a guided hike to try and find the elusive man in red. We'll also explore all the other red things might we find in nature! Then, we'll return to a warm campfire, hot chocolate, crafts, and more.

Loveliest Village Holiday Fair - December 4 & 5, 2021

The Auburn Downtown Merchants Association is pleased to announce a new holiday event, The Loveliest Village Holiday Fair. This three-day celebration will bring thousands into the heart of our community, Downtown Auburn. Vendors are invited to bring their unique talents and diverse offerings. Vendors are welcome to split a tent together. If you are only able to participate in one day, please email Jessica at jessica@downtownauburnonline.com to discuss options. Come be a part of this great event and fill out your vendor application!

Santa on the Corner 

Santa Claus is comin' to town! Join the Auburn Downtown Merchants Association and the Lee County United Way for Santa on the Corner. This fun photo op is a two-day event and benefits the United Way. Donations are welcome. 

Holiday Movies at the Plex 

The Opelika SportsPlex is hosting Holiday Movies at the Plex this year. Come meet Santa, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Auburn Christmas Parade - December 5, 2021

Join the Downtown Merchants Association for the annual Downtown Auburn Christmas Parade! The parade will feature local favorites, festive floats, and an appearance by Santa. 

Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour -

The tour began in 1993 with just a few homes participating but has grown to include 60 homes on North 8th and 9th street. The homes are decorated with life-size Santas, angels, toys, carousel horses, and Christmas-themed figures. The Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour has been voted one of the southeast's top-rated tourism events and featured in Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living.

The event is a self-directed driving tour. However, on Saturday night, North 8th and 9th streets will be closed to traffic to encourage visitors, neighbors, and friends to stroll through the neighborhood. This enables everyone to leisurely enjoy the homes up close, listen to the carolers, and talk with residents dressed in Victorian costumes. This tour begins on North 8th street and 2nd Avenue and includes over ten city blocks. Admission to this spectacular production is free.

On the Friday night of the tour, the City of Opelika sponsors Christmas in a Railroad Town. This event includes wagon rides through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas tour, where tour guides will take you back in time while enjoying the festively decorated homes.

Victorian Front Porch Bike Tour - December 11, 2021

Ride at your own pace through the beautiful historic homes in downtown Opelika and view how they've been transformed into a colorful, nostalgic reminder of Christmas from a simpler era! The self-led tour begins at 10 a.m.

Christmas in a Railroad Town - December 10, 2021

Whether you’re a young child or simply a child at heart, there will be activities for everyone at this great night out in historic downtown Opelika.

  • Festivities include:
    Children's train
    Pony rides
    Large and small animal petting zoo
    Wagon rides
    Trolley rides
    Hot chocolate
    Face painting
    Gingerbread house contest
    Make your own Reindeer Food
    Make a Life Bead Bracelet
    Storybook reading by the Opelika Theatre Company
    Late-night shopping and dining

Guests can also be transported back in time with a wagon ride through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour. Enclosed trolley rides will also be available at the Museum of East Alabama.

Rocky Brook Rocket Reindeer Express - December 10, 2021

Children will love riding the Rocky Brook Rocket around Municipal Park! This adorable miniature train has been a staple in Opelika since 1955, but during the Christmas season, the Rocket transforms into one of Santa’s Helpers and becomes the Rocky Brook Rocket Reindeer Express! Don’t miss this fun two-night event featuring food, hot chocolate, face painting, and pictures with Santa! 

Holiday Art Sale - November 20, 2021

Join the Auburn Arts Association, Auburn Parks & Recreation, and Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center for the annual Holiday Art Sale! The event will take place at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, the Harris Center, and the Frank Brown Recreation Center. Local artists will be selling paintings, pottery, stained glass, photography, cards, jewelry, hats, scarves, and more.

Fa-La-La Festival

Opelika students are invited to kick off their Christmas break with fun, games, and learning during Lewis Cooper, Jr. Memorial Library’s one-day Fa La La Festival!

Christmas Movie Marathon

Spend your day watching all your favorite Christmas movies at the Lewis Cooper, Jr. Memorial Library! Movies will start playing at 10 a.m. and will play until the library closes. A new movie will play every two hours, so there's sure to be something everyone will enjoy!

Christmas in Camelot Lighted Tour 

Watch as the magic of Christmas comes alive throughout Camelot with the many large Christmas cards painted under art teacher, Roslyn Stern, by Opelika High art students! The neighborhood lights are adorned with lighted wreaths and all the houses are decorated with the wonders of Christmas. This drive-through event begins at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. each day.

Auburn Gingerbread Village

Come experience the largest Gingerbread Village in East Alabama in the conference center of the hotel! Over 10 Gingerbread Buildings will be displayed in the pre-function foyer for guests to admire.

The Auburn Gingerbread Village was named one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast. The annual kick-off to the holiday season features prominent Auburn University buildings crafted out of gingerbread, candy, and icing. More than 2,000 people visited The Hotel at Auburn University in 2017 to enjoy the magical display.

 Since 2008, the hotel has offered a Gingerbread Village for the holiday season. It started as a depiction of three campus buildings – Samford Hall, University Chapel, and Hargis Hall – in the hotel’s lobby. The village has grown so much through the years the display now resides in the conference center atrium. Students in Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design, and Construction work with hotel staff to create accurate scale model buildings for the village.


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