Collinwood Street
Opelika, 36801
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Date: December 13th, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM

The Collinwood Luminaries is a free holiday event taking place on December 13. 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. All are welcome.


The History

The Collinwood Luminaries began in 1967 when members of a local garden club approached Mrs. Aileen Samford and Mrs. Lucy Salter about their idea to have a special luminary procession. From there, “Miss Aileen” and “Miss Lucy” recruited 15 other East and West Collinwood Circle residents to help, and the tradition of the Collinwood neighborhood Luminaries was born.

The Collinwood Luminaries have become a popular holiday tradition, and a symbol of the Christmas season. With over 1,500 sacks with candles prepared by the Collinwood neighborhood residents, the candles are set out along the roadway through the neighborhood to “light the path” on the “journey to the manger.” Along the luminary path you will see shepherds, wise men, and angels following the star on their way to see the Christ Child.

At the end of the luminary path you will find a live nativity scene – a gift from the youth group of First United Methodist Church of Opelika for over 33 years now.

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.