Gingerbread Village at The Hotel at Auburn University named as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s top-20 events


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Opelika Observer

Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the Gingerbread Village at The Hotel at Auburn University as one of the top events in the Southeast.
The Auburn Gingerbread Village was named one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for December 2018. The annual kick off to the holiday season features prominent Auburn University buildings crafted out of gingerbread, candy and icing. More than 2,000 people visited The Hotel at Auburn University in 2017 to enjoy the magical display.
The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted exceptional programs around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States.
“The Auburn Gingerbread Village (is one of the) favorite seasonal events at The Hotel,” said Hans van der Reijden, managing director of The Hotel at Auburn University. “A great deal of time and effort go in to ensuring these events are fun, unique and memorable, and we’re grateful that the Southeast Tourism Society has honored us with these awards.”
“The Southeast is home to unique and memorable events throughout the year. In spotlighting the Top 20 festivals and events each month, STS is not only giving these events the recognition they deserve but we’re also creating a quick reference guide to some of the best festivals in the Southeast,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society. “These events are important to the economic vitality of our communities, and this is a way for us to acknowledge the time and resources organizers have tirelessly spent to create memories for their attendees.”
Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000 people.
The 2018 Auburn Gingerbread Village will be on display from Dec. 9 through the New Year in the Dixon Conference Center atrium within The Hotel.
STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
For more information, contact Todd Scholl, director of sales and marketing at The Hotel at Auburn University:
Centrally located near the shops and restaurants of downtown Auburn, The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center is just a short walk from the excitement of Auburn University and a diverse array of cultural and entertainment attractions. Whether in town for the big game, a special party, or a productive business meeting, the hotel’s 236 guestrooms and suites offer true Southern hospitality in an ideal setting. For a southern twist on Italian, visit A•T, located inside the hotel. An open kitchen and outdoor patio seating add character to this restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, Sunday Brunch and offers take-out service. A•T features an espresso bar and unique wine list, and has a private dining room for special events. Located in A•T, Piccolo is Auburn’s only true lounge experience for specialty cocktails and a large variety of appetizers and desserts. The menu features a variety of small plates perfect for sharing, refreshing cocktails, and piccolo bottles of champagne.
Live jazz performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays (except on home football game weekends). The property is owned by Auburn University and managed by Ithaka Hospitality Partners.
For additional information or reservations, call 800-228-2876 or visit


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