Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas time is here!

Auburn and Opelika have so many great Christmas and holiday events coming up! Make your list and check it twice so you can be sure to attend them all!

Christmas in Camelot
November 28-December 31 from 4:30-10 pm at the Camelot Subdivision off Rocky Brook Road
The Camelot Subdivision off of Rocky Brook Road decorates the entire neighborhood for “Christmas in Camelot” each year. There are approximately 55 homes in the neighborhood with lighted signs in the front yard with various seasonal scenes. In addition, many of the homes are extensively decorated inside and out with lights illuminating the homes. Follow directional signs and enjoy!

Santa & A Movie!
Enjoy Santa and a movie at Frog Legs on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in December from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $5+tax and a snack is included. Frog Legs is located at 467 N Dean Road in Auburn. Call 334-887-3764 for additional information.

Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour
Lighted Driving Tour: Wednesday December 7 - Friday December 9 & Sunday December 11 from 5-10pm.
Walking Tour: Saturday December 10 from 6-9 pm
See the historic Victorian homes of Opelika transformed into an Old World Christmas wonderland. Over 60 turn-of-the-century homes are adorned with life-size Santas, angels, toys, carousel horses and other figures. Already having been featured in Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens, the tour has since been voted one of the Southeast’s top tourism events. This unique event is now in its 18th year and welcomes more than 10,000 visitors annually. THIS YEAR FIVE NEW DISPLAYS WILL BE UNVEILED! A self-directed driving or walking tour, the event includes live entertainment, carolers, costumed homeowners and other festivities. Streets are closed Saturday, weather permitting for walking tours only. The tour begins at North 8th Street and 2nd Avenue and includes over ten city blocks. Admission to this spectacular production is free.

17th Annual Christmas in a Railroad Town
Friday, Devember 9th from  6-9pm downtown Opelika
Whether you’re a young child or a big kid at heart – there will be activities for everyone at this great night out in historic downtown Opelika. Join us for the 17th annual Christmas in a Railroad Town. Visit with friends and dine on traditional Victorian era food. Bring the kids to write their letters to Santa, enjoy pony rides, caroling and more! Downtown restaurants will be open for dining! Local retail shops will be open till 9 for all your Christmas needs. And everyone gets to see Santa and Mrs. Claus to have their photo taken! Be transported back in time and take a wagon ride through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour. Leave straight from Christmas in a Railroad Town and be delivered back once you’re done.

5th Annual Breakfast with Santa at the Marriott at Grand National
This event offers a full breakfast buffet to include pancake and waffle stations, fun crafts for the children and picture opportunities with jolly Ole St. Nick. Seating times are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and the price is $13.95 per person. Children 5 and under are free. For reservations or more information, please call (334) 737-2132.

Downtown Auburn Christmas Parade
Join us in downtown Auburn Friday, December 10 at 10am to celebrate the season with the annual Auburn Christmas Parade. After the parade, enjoy the special events and holiday shopping offered by downtown merchants.

5th Annual Loveliest Village Christmas Tour of Homes and Buildings
The 5th Annual Loveliest Village Christmas Tour of Homes and Buildings 2011 is hosted by the Auburn Preservation League (APL). The tour will feature eight homes and buildings in the Auburn area, including the residences of Jane and Don Barringer, Kay and Richard Guthrie, Gayle and George Hammitt, Dr. Phillip Hajek and Debbie Hajek, Becky and Ed Lewis, and Meredith Luck. Other featured buildings include the Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building on the campus of Auburn University and St. Dunstan’s – The Episcopal Church at Auburn University. Musicians from St. Dunstan’s will provide Advent music on Saturday and Cross Road Community Church’s choir will sing Christmas music on Sunday afternoon.

Tickets for the tour, which will run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, will go on sale on Friday, November 25 and can be purchased for $20 at The Villager and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will be also be available at each home on the days of the tour. The tour is a fundraiser for the APL, whose purpose is to foster historic preservation and to promote cooperation in combining the resources of local government, organizations, associations, businesses and citizens in order to enhance the quality and beauty of the Auburn community. For more information about membership in the Auburn Preservation League, visit the website

Teddy Bear Teas at Piccolo in the AU Hotel
December 10- 11, 17-18, 21-23
Children and parents alike, along with their favorite teddy bears, are invited to gather around the fireplace and enjoy sandwiches, sweets, cookies, tea and hot cocoa at this old-fashioned high tea. The kid-friendly menu features Ham and Swiss on Whole Wheat, Peanut Butter and Jelly on Pullman White, and assorted mini cookies and brownies. Parents are invited to nosh on Country Ham on Rye with Asparagus and Whole Grain Mustard, Cucumber Sandwiches, Chicken Salad on Mini Croissants, and a selection of mini pastries.

A real live Teddy Bear and Christmas Elf, who hail from the Auburn University Theatre Department, will provide entertainment and be there for everyone to snuggle up to. The Teddy Bear will pose for pictures with fans, while Santa’s Elf will sing holiday songs with the children and read stories in front of the fireplace. The price of the Teddy Bear Teas is $20 per person. For additional information about the Teddy Bear Teas call 334.321.3179

Collinwood Luminaries
December 15 from 5-9pm in the Collinwood Neighborhood in Opelika
Collinwood neighborhood in Opelika will celebrate its 44th year hosting the Luminaries. On Thursday from 5-9 pm the public can drive through candle lit roads commemorating the path of Christ's birth. Live scenes are portrayed along the way. Area residents are invited to enjoy this beautiful event, Thursday, Dec. 15th from 5-9 pm

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