City of Opelika to showcase new Christmas decorations in downtown historic district

Leigh Krehling
City of Opelika

City of Opelika to showcase new Christmas decorations in downtown historic district

The City of Opelika has made it a priority to spruce up the holidays this year by investing in new Christmas decorations for the Downtown Historic District. This year, we are focusing on enhancing Courthouse Square, 8th/9th Streets, and North/South Railroads. Watch for the spirit and lights to turn on November 23.
“Opelika has always been a fun Christmas town. This year, we hope that the new decorations will liven up the downtown even more and create a holiday spirit like no other,” said Leigh Krehling, Community Relations Officer for the City of Opelika. “We created a holiday committee that took an inventory of what the city currently has in place for decorations and where we needed to improve. As we see it, nothing will go unused. We will share the current holiday inventory around the city and downtown.”
New to the scene this year will be an increase in Christmas lights and pole wraps on 8th Street, 9th Street, South Railroad and North Railroad; oversized ornament settabouts at Courthouse Square, downtown and at Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library; beautiful ornaments that will adorn the downtown Christmas tree; large stationary Season Greetings sign at the Opelika Chamber of Commerce and downtown; and skylines at Courthouse Square.
The city’s goal is to create a magical Christmas Destination in Opelika for every citizen to enjoy. The committee is asking the community to look for photo opportunities around town and share your favorite memories on social media using #MyOpelikaChristmas.
“Over the years, Opelika has added some really unique, high caliber events which is a true gift for our citizens and tourists alike. I’m excited for 2018 as we become a place that everyone wants to go to experience multiple holiday events and see the decorations at their leisure. I personally can’t wait to show off what we have to offer,” said Pam Powers-Smith, Opelika Chamber of Commerce President.
There are many events throughout the season which will create ample opportunities for people to share their joy and holiday spirit. A full listing of all Opelika Holiday Events is below:

Downtown Holiday Open House
November 4 • Noon - 5 p.m.
Opelika Main Street

Ribbon Cutting for Holiday Shopping
November 20 • Downtown Tree • 10 a.m.
Spotlight with Alabama Retail Association

Small Business Saturday
Start Your Christmas Shopping!
November 24
Normal shopping hours

The Christmas Market
November 29 – December 1
The Bottling Plant Event Center

Christmas In Camelot
Month of December • 4:30 - 10 p.m.
Off of Rocky Brook Road

Opelika Christmas Parade
December 1 • 10 a.m.

OHS/OMS Christmas Choral Concert
December 4 • 6:30 p.m.
Opelika Center for
Performing Arts

Victorian Front Porch Driving Tour
December 5-9 • 5 - 10 p.m.

Crafter-Hours Book Arts
Book Page Trees
December 6 • 6 - 7pm
Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library

Victorian Front Porch Bike Tour
December 6 • 6 p.m.

Christmas In A Railroad Town
December 7 • 6 - 9 p.m.

Victorian Front Porch Walking Tour
December 8 • 6 - 9:30 p.m.

Holiday Movie at the Plex: The Santa Claus
December 8
6 -8 p.m. • Free
Opelika SportsPlex

OHS/OMS Christmas Band Concert
December 11 • 7 p.m.
Opelika Center for
Performing Arts

Reindeer Express
December 13 - 15
5 -8 p.m.
Monkey Park
$1 train rides
Children 2nd grade and younger

Collinwood Luminaries
December 14 • 5 - 9 p.m.
51th Anniversary
Off of 10th Street

Fa-la-la festival
December 21 • 10 a.m. - Noon
Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library

For more information, please contact Leigh Krehling, Community Relations Officer at or 334.705.5136.




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