By Morgan Bryce

The 23rd annual “Christmas in a Railroad Town” will be held Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. in downtown Opelika.
Organized by Opelika Main Street, the event will feature arts and crafts, an appearance from Auburn University mascot Aubie, extended business hours for downtown merchants, live entertainment, two petting zoos as well as train and trolley rides through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour to stir the Christmas spirit.
According to an Opelika Main Street press release, this year’s event will welcome a new addition, “Auburn-Opelika TubaChristmas,” directed by Stephen Kunzer, which will feature performances of Christmas ballads and favorites.
Following is a current but not finalized list of some of the specific activities that will take place during the event:
• Children’s train (Ballard Party Rental)
• Pony rides (Jubilee Farms)
• Small animal petting zoo (Jubilee Farms)
• Large animal petting zoo (Party Animals)
• Wagon rides (Opelika Parks and Recreation) through the Victorian Front Porch Tour
• Trolley rides (Museum of East Alabama) through the Victorian Front Porch Tour
• Photo booth (Taylor Made Designs)
• Hot chocolate (Elliott & Associates)
• Face painting (All Aboard)
• Gingerbread house contest (Oliver Henry and Studio 3:19)
• “Make Your Own Reindeer Food” (Niffer’s on the Tracks)
• “Make a Life” Bead Bracelet (Four Corners Ministry)
• Story Book Reading by The Opelika Theater Company
• Late-night shopping and dining and more.
For more information, like and follow the nonprofit’s social media pages or visit