Snopelika Parade & Tree Lighting

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Date: December 3rd, 2023
Time: 5:00 PM

Opelika’s official kick-off event for the Christmas season will be at Courthouse Square.This is a free event for all! This annual community event kicks off the Christmas season in Opelika with artificial snowfall and tree lighting. Join hundreds of local citizens as they gear up for Christmas season. The purpose of the event is to bring Christmas cheer to Opelika and is in line with the City of Opelika’s initiative to become a Christmas destination.

The Christmas Parade will kick off the Snopelika festivities at 5:30. Gather throughout the streets to see 90+ parade entries with different themed floats as well as local marching bands, horses and vintage vehicles.

At the conclusion of the parade, Opelika's Courthouse Square will transform into a snowy winter wonderland, complete with Christmas music, snowball fights, food trucks, picture opportuinities and a chance to visit with Santa Claus on the Courthouse steps.

At 8 p.m., the Opelika High School Marching Band will lead evryone down to the corner of 9th and South Railroad for the official reading of "The Night Before Christmas" Opelika Edition and watch as Mayor Gary Fuller flips the switch to light the Christmas Tree! 

If you would like to participate in the parade, please complete an application form. The form and guidelines can be found on the Chamber's website, For more information, call (334) 745-4861.


Looking for more holiday activities? Look no further! We're making spirits bright here in Auburn-Opelika with a full list of holiday festivities for you and your family to enjoy! From parades to 5Ks to one of the largest gingerbread villages in the Southeast, there's something for every crew. Click here to see the full list of holiday happenings in Auburn-Opelika.