Holiday Activities in Auburn Opelika


Holiday Activities in Auburn Opelika

Brooke Peace Harris
Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour
December 5 - December 9

For five days in early December, 60 Victorian and historic homes in downtown Opelika are transformed into colorful, nostalgic reminders of Christmas from a simpler, slower-paced era. The homes are adorned with life-sized Santas, angels, toys, carousel horses, and other Christmas-themed figures, as well as Christmas lights, bows, and greenery. Featured in Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and Southern Lady, the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour has been voted one of the Southeast’s top tourism events. Now in its 25th year, the event is a self-directed driving tour. However, on Saturday night, December 8, North 8th and 9th Streets will be closed to traffic to encourage visitors, friends, and neighbors 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. The tour begins at North 8th Street and 2nd Avenue and includes over 10 city blocks. Admission to this joyful production is free. Visit for more information.

Lighted Driving Tour: Wednesday - Friday and Sunday 5-10 p.m. CDT
Walking Tour: Saturday, December 8, 6-9 p.m. CDT
The tree lighting with Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and his wife Laura will kick-off the walking tour at 6 p.m. at the corner of North 8th Street and 2nd Avenue (weather permitting).

The Festive Five at the Auburn Mall
November 12 – November 16

The Festive Five, a five-night event to kick off the holiday season featuring choirs, musicians, dance groups and more, will be held the week of November 12 with performances each night. For questions or more information email

The A|O Christmas Market
November 29 - December 1

The A|O Christmas Market will be held in the heart of downtown Opelika at The Bottling Plant Event Center. The Christmas Market will host a series of special events to benefit various causes in East Alabama. For more details, visit

Tickets and Times:
November 29 6-9 p.m.: VIP Preview Night, $50

November 30 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: General Shopping, $10 

5 p.m.-9 p.m.: Girls’ Night Out

December 1 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: General Shopping, $10 or $5 with approved toy donation benefiting BigHouse Santa’s Workshop

9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Cookies with Santa benefiting Women’s Hope

Christmas Parades
Join the Auburn Downtown Merchants Association for the Auburn Christmas Parade in downtown Auburn December 9, at 2 p.m.

Auburn Gingerbread Village
December 9 - January 1

The Hotel at Auburn University kicks off the holiday season by featuring prominent Auburn University buildings crafted out of gingerbread, candy and icing. The unique display can be viewed anytime during hotel business hours.

Christmas in a Railroad Town
December 7, 6 p.m.

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. Bring the kids to write letters to Santa, enjoy pony rides, caroling, entertainment, and more! Guaranteed fun for adults includes personalized gifts and sweet treats for sale. Local retail shops will be open late. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be available for family photos! Be transported back in time when you take a wagon ride through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour. Enclosed trolley rides are also available at the Museum of East Alabama. Visit for more information.

Rocky Brook Rocket Reindeer Express
December 13 - December 15

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 the Rocky Brook Rocket Reindeer Express! Don’t miss this fun three-night event! Enjoy food, hot chocolate, face painting, and pictures with Santa! For more information, call 334-705-5564.

Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run
December 8

The Jingle Jog 5k and Santa Stroll Fun Run are back in 2018 – so pull out those ugly sweaters again, Auburn! The Santa Stroll Fun Run will begin at 7 a.m. and the Jingle Jog 5k will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Toomer’s Corner.

The Collinwood Luminaries
December 14

Take a drive through the Collinwood neighborhood to experience the pathway to Bethlehem. Featuring live actors and live animals, this tradition is fun for the whole family. The luminaries follow a one-way route beginning on Collinwood Street at the intersection of North Tenth Street and Oakbowery Road. The tour winds through the entire Collinwood subdivision and ends on Mclure Avenue.

Santa on the Corner
December 15 - December 16

Santa is coming to town! Santa will be at Toomer’s Corner on Saturday, December 15, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 16, from noon until 3 p.m. Join the Auburn Downtown Merchants Association and the Lee County United Way for Santa on the Corner. Photos with Santa are free with a requested donation to The United Way.

Christmas in Camelot Lighted Tour
December 1 - December 31

The magic of Christmas comes alive throughout Camelot with the many large Christmas cards, painted by Opelika High art students. The neighborhood street lights are adorned with wreaths, and all the houses are decorated with the wonders of Christmas. This drive-through event begins at sundown.



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