Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Celebrate Christmas in Auburn-Opelika!

Santa at the Village Mall
November 16 at 6:30 pm
Santa is coming to the Village Mall Friday, November 16th with entertainment by Make Your Move Performing Arts. Santa will be arriving at 6:30 and will be followed by a reading of The Christmas Story.

7th Annual Polar Express Holiday Celebration
December 1 from 10 am to 3 pm
Join the Auburn Arts Association and Auburn Parks and Recreation as we jump aboard the Polar Express! The 7th Annual Polar Express Holiday Celebration, a community event recreating the magical ride to the North Pole, will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Children 12 and under are invited to wear their favorite holiday pajamas and join in on the fun. Children 5 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Festivities include a trackless train, holiday inflatables, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, tasty treats, holiday arts & crafts, games, live musical entertainment, and a performance by the East Alabama Community Ballet. Tickets are $8/child and will be on sale Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Last year's event SOLD OUT, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance! For more information or to volunteer, please contact the Arts Center.

Holiday Wreath Workshop at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve
December 1 from 2 to 4 pm
Join us at the Ham Wilson Arena for a fun morning of making beautiful wreaths or sprays with natural elements for your holiday enjoyment. Music and delicious snacks will make the morning festive. Children 6 and older can join parent to help and make an ornament. Fee is $20 per wreath or spray. Registration is required and will start in November. Call 334-844-8091 or e-mail to reserve your spot. Limited to first 25. Choose wreath or spray when registering. Please specify if bringing child and age.

Opelika Christmas Parade
December 1 at 10am
The Opelika Chamber of Commerce puts on the city's annual Christmas parade to officially bring in the Christmas season! It's a great time for family and friends to gather in beautiful, historic downtown Opelika and see everybody's favorite - a great parade!

Christmas In Camelot
December 2-31 from 4:30 to 10 pm
The magic of Christmas comes alive throughout Camelot with the many large Christmas Cards, painted under art teacher, Roslyn Stern, by Opelika High art students. The neighborhood lights are adorned with lighted wreaths and all the houses are decorated with the wonders of Christmas. This drive-through event begins at sundown.

Victorian Front Porch Tour
December 5-9
The front porches of the North Opelika Historic Neighborhood are adorned in Victorian Christmas splendor, with Old World Santas, angels, toys, teddy bears, carousel horses, sleighs and Victorian ladies and gentlemen. This event has won broad recognition and has been featured in numerous national publications, such as Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Sew Beautiful and Southern Lady. The Victorian Front Porch brings in about 10,000 visitors annually. Mayor Gary Fuller will open the Walking Tour by lighting the tree. Admission to this spectacular production is free.
                     Driving Tour        Wednesday-Friday, Sunday 5-10 p.m.
                     Walking Tour        Saturday, 6-9 pm (CST)

18th Annual Christmas in a Railroad Town
December 7 from 6-9 pm
Bring the family and enjoy a very Merry Christmas in Historic Downtown Opelika! Children will enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, train and pony rides, visiting the Children's Village and much more. Create a gingerbread house, buy some goodies at the bake sale, shop for unique one-of-a-kind gifts, screen print a holiday t-shirt and have dinner with family and friends. Complete your evening with a wagon or trolley ride through the Victorian Front Porch Tour. The Opelika Post Office, located inside the Museum for the evening, will be hand stamping your Christmas cards. A courtesy shuttle will be provided. For more information, visit or call Main Street at (334) 745-0466.

6th Annual Holiday Art Sale
December 8 from 9 to 4 pm
The Auburn Arts Association and Auburn Parks & Recreation will host the 5th Annual Holiday Art Sale at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Local artists will be selling paintings, pottery, stained glass, photography, cards, jewelry, hats, scarves and much more!

6th Annual Loveliest Village Christmas Tour of Homes
December 8-9 from 10 to 4 pm
The 6th Annual Loveliest Village Christmas Tour of Homes and Buildings 2012 is hosted by the Auburn Preservation League (APL). 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 can be purchased for $20. 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.

Breakfast with Santa at the Marriott at Grand National
December 15 (time TBA). Make your reservation today for breakfast with Santa at the Marriott at Grand National!

Downtown Auburn Christmas Parade
December 15 at 10 am
Join us in downtown Auburn to celebrate the season with the annual Auburn Christmas Parade. After the parade, enjoy the special events and holiday shopping offered by downtown merchants.

Teddy Bear Tea at Piccolo
December 15-16, 19-21 from 3 to 5 pm
December 22 from 11 am to 1 pm and 3-5 pm
The annual Teddy Bear Tea is returning to Piccolo at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center! Visit their Facebook page to check out the delicious menu their chefs have created. For children, a live Teddy Bear will be available for entertainment and hugs. Tickets are $25 per person. Advanced reservations are required and can be made by contacting Lauren Benson at (334) 321-3116.

Collinwood Luminaries
December 20 from 5-9 pm
Enjoy the peaceful feel of luminaries as they line the streets of Collinwood subdivision in Opelika. Traditionally, the hope was that the lights would guide the spirit of the Christ child to one's home. The Collinwood Luminaries is in its 28th year and involves a live nativity scene. Drive through this beautiful enchanted neighborhood and watch Christmas come to life!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Auburn Area Activity Highlights for Homecoming Weekend

Check out these great events happening November 2- November 8! There are so many things to do, it is impossible not to have a great time this weekend.

Friday Events
Downtown Opelika

First Friday is a monthly event in Historic Downtown Opelika featuring extended shopping hours, live music and more.

Friday, November 2nd All Day - Homecoming Float Display (Roosevelt Concourse)
Homecoming floats, sponsored by ODK, are a long-standing tradition at Auburn!

Friday, November 2nd 8 a.m.-12 p.m. - Forestry and Football Program (School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Building, 602 Duncan Drive) Forestry education courses will be offered before all home football games. For more information or to register, contact Kelly Knowles at 334-844-1010 or register online.

Friday, November 2nd 3 p.m., 4 p.m. - Campus Walking Tours  (Auburn Alumni Center, 317 South College Street) Spend your Friday afternoon with a student guide exploring the highlights of Auburn's beautiful campus.

Friday, November 2nd 4 p.m. - Football Fans and Feathers (Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater on Raptor Road off Shug Jordan Parkway) The Southeastern Raptor Center will again host its annual birds-in-flight raptor programs on Fridays before Auburn University home football games.

Friday, November 2nd 4 p.m. - All-Star Lecture Series (Goodwin Room, Auburn Alumni Center, 317 South College Street) The speaker will be Auburn Dwayne Cox, speaking on the origin of the Auburn vs. Alabama rivalry. The Friday lecture series is a free 30-45 minute presentation by all-star faculty and special guests on topics related to their field of expertise.

Friday, November 2nd 4 - 6 p.m. - Jordan-Hare Stadium  Locker Room Tours  (enter Gate 10 of Jordan-Hare Stadium) Auburn fans have the opportunity to tour the Jordan-Hare Stadium locker room as it is set up for Gameday.  Admission is free.

Friday, November 2nd 5 p.m. - Reverse Tiger Walk (Athletics Complex, 392 S. Donahue Dr.)
Join us every Friday before home games for Reverse Tiger Walk. Fans will have an opportunity to create a spirit tunnel as Coach Chizik and the football team departs Auburn for their hotel stay in Montgomery.

Friday, November 2nd 7 p.m. -Auburn Volleyball vs. Arkansas (Auburn Student Activities Center)

Friday, November 2nd 7 p.m. - Homecoming Swing Dance (The Marriott Grand National, Opelika)
The Auburn Knights Orchestra will present a night of swing dancing and big band jazz at the Opelika Marriott at Grand National. Admission is $5 for students with an ID, $10 for the general public and $15 for couples.

Friday, November 2nd All Night - Hudson Family Foundation Benefit Concert (Auburn Arena)
The Auburn Homecoming Benefit Concert will feature Dierks Bentley, Craig Morgan and Easton Corbin.

Friday, November 2nd 6:30 p.m. - DISNEY’S “101 DALMATIANS KIDS” (Auburn Junior High)
Come watch AACT’s first musical for our littlest actors! 101 DALMATION KIDS is the familiar tale of kidnappers, puppies, and villains. Tickets: $4- Children, Seniors, Students, $6- Adults. Box office opens 30 min prior to show time.

Friday, November 2nd 7 p.m. - AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL VS. EAST LIMESTONE FOOTBALL (Duck Samford Stadium)

Friday, November 2nd 7 p.m. - OPELIKA UNPLUGGED
(Event Center Downtown Opelika, 614 N. Railroad Ave.) Opelika Unplugged is a new performance platform for songwriters and musicians. It will run the first Friday of every month beginning. Admission is free and doors to the upstairs lounge will be open at 4pm with the music starting at 7pm

Football Saturday 

All Day - Homecoming Float Display
(Roosevelt Concourse)
Homecoming floats, sponsored by ODK, are a long-standing tradition at Auburn!

Saturday, November 3rd 7:35 a.m. – Tiger Transit Service Begins

Saturday, November 3rd 8:30 a.m.-Kickoff Ag Roundup
(Ag Heritage Park)
The Fall Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture will be held at Ag Heritage Park for Auburn's largest tailgate party. Admission is $5; children 6 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate.

Saturday, November 3rd 8:35 a.m. - Coca-Cola Tiger Fan Fest (Nicholls Center on Donahue Dr.)

Saturday, November 3rd 8:35 a.m. - Alumni Hospitality Tent
(Wallace Center Lawn)
Admission is free for association members and children ages 3 and under; members’ first guest is $5, each additional guest is $10. Children ages 4-12 pay $5. Admission is $10 for all other guests.

Saturday, November 3rd 9:35 a.m. - Red Diamond Tailgate Show
Get a close up view of your favorite Auburn personalities with the Tiger Tailgate Show, presented by Red Diamond, located in the parking lot at Plainsman Park. Hosted by Paul Ellen, the Tiger Tailgate Show features Rod Bramblett, Stan White, and Quentin Riggins.

Saturday, November 3rd 9:35 a.m. - Verizon Autograph Tent (Plainsman Park parking lot) Former Auburn football players will be featured in the Verizon Autograph Tent as part of the Tiger Walk Tailgate Party in the Plainsman Park parking lot.

Saturday, November 3rd 9:35 a.m. - Tiger Walk (corner of Samford Ave./Donahue Dr. traveling North to Gate 10 of Jordan-Hare Stadium)

Saturday, November 3rd 10 a.m. - Spirit March Each game the marching band and spirit squads march from the four corners of Donahue Drive and Heisman Drive. The march culminates with a Pep Rally outside the south end of Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Saturday, November 3rd 10:10 a.m.  - Pep Rally
(Heisman and Donahue)

Saturday, November 3rd 11:20 a.m. - Eagle Flight

Saturday, November 3rd 11:35 a.m. – Kick-off AUBURN VS. NEW MEXICO STATE

Saturday, November 3rd 6:30 p.m. - DISNEY’S “101 DALMATIANS KIDS”
(Auburn Junior High)
Come watch AACT’s first musical for our littlest actors! 101 DALMATIAN KIDS is the familiar tale of kidnappers, puppies, and villains. Tickets: $4- Children, Seniors, Students, $6- Adults. Box office opens 30 min prior to show time.

2012 BEAT BAMA FOOD DRIVE Monday, October 8th - Monday, November 19th at Auburn University Campus
The East Alabama Food Bank distributes an average of 315,000 pounds of food per month. As the Food Bank's biggest fundraiser of the year, we believe our donation should match that distribution amount. So we challenge you, Auburn students, fans, alumni, and community members, Can WE "CAN" Hunger?

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Sunday, November 4th at Downtown Opelika
Get a head start on your shopping at the 2012 Holiday Open House as Downtown merchants showcase their NEW holiday items. We have great new additions to downtown shopping. Be sure to enter in the draw for door prizes!

AU VS. GEORGIA VOLLEYBALL Sunday, November 4th at Student Activities Center

THE 2012 FACES 5K FESTIVAL Sunday, November 4th at Auburn High School | Auburn, AL 36830
The 2012 FACES 5K Festival will be held on November 4 at Auburn High School. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the event begins at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $15 for pre-registered runners and $20 the day of the race. ACS students are $10. A one mile fun run will immediately follow the 5k.