Thanksgiving brunch, dinner
The Hotel at Auburn University will host a Thanksgiving brunch buffet on Thanksgiving Day. For brunch, the hotel will be serving up a traditional Thanksgiving feast in the main ballroom of the conference center. Enjoy an array of turkey, ham, cornbread stuffing, fresh vegetables and desserts. Reservations are required and can be made my contacting Arricia at 844-5140. The cost is $45 for adults, $19 for children and kids 5 and under eat free.
Ariccia will feature a special four-course Thanksgiving dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made my contacting 844-5140. The cost is $35 for adults.
Auburn Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship Annual Auction
Fine art, fine dinners and gift items will all be up for bid at the Annual Auction at Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Dec. 4.
The auction will take place in the fellowship hall at 450 East Thach Avenue in Auburn.
The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and the live auction begins at 7 p.m. The Fellowship will provide complimentary appetizers and beverages during the event.
Guests may bid on meals such as a seafood boil for eight, mid-winter soups and breads, an Italian dinner for four and the ever-popular fish fry for 10.
Services are offered as well — an evening of childcare, computer assistance, pet sitting and more.
“After more than 20 years as auctioneer, I continue to be amazed by the quality of items that are in our auction,” said Terry Rodriquez, AUUF member. “This year, someone donated a gorgeous freshwater pearl necklace that belonged to their mother. Another heirloom donation is a collection of Halcyon Enamel boxes.
“Each one is exquisite in craftsmanship. There is a vintage chandelier and a vintage rocking horse. Also, we have nearly 100 silent auction items. It’s going to be a terrific night.”
Christmas Craft, Jewelry Sale
St. Michael’s Haiti Committee is sponsoring a Haiti Christmas Craft and Jewelry sale to benefit the church’s Haitian sister parish.
The sale will take place Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The sale will continue Dec. 6 at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
The craft sale will have earrings, necklaces, broaches and an assortment of crafts and baked goods for sale. There will also be poinsettias on sale.
The event will also have sponsorships for the school that the church supports in Haiti. For a $100 sponsorship you will provide all the school supplies needed for a Haitian child for one year, or you can do a half sponsorship for $50.
St. Michael’s encourages the public to come and bring your friends. If you wish to purchase a scholarship or make a donation online, you can do so at https://mkt.com/stm4haiti. The church will also be accepting credit and debit cards.
Coffee and refreshments will be served. All proceeds go to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Haiti. St Michael’s is located on 1001 North College Street in Auburn.
20th annual Cookie Walk
The 20th annual Cookie Walk will take place Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For this Habitat for Humanity annual community fundraiser, the whole community can get into the holiday spirit of generosity and celebration.
The Cookie Walk gets bigger and better every year. Folks come from far and near to buy fresh, delicious, holiday decorated cookies at this event, sponsored by Auburn’s WeHelp Coalition of churches.
Select from an array of 30,000 home-baked holiday goodies for $6 a pound. Santa will visit for photos. Come early for the best selection of goodies.
All proceeds go to build a house right here in Auburn. The event will take place at Grace United Methodist Church by Kroger on Glenn Avenue in Auburn. For more information, contact Martha Henk at 334-821-9047 or by email at email@example.com.
The second annual HoHoHo Hike! will be held at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Hike out across the preserve looking for some special guests in red and then return to a campfire and enjoy some holiday music and hot cocoa.
Admission is one can of food for the East Alabama Food Bank. No registration required. This event is canceled if raining. For more information call Jen Lolley at 334-707-6512 or visit the preserve website at www.auburn.edu/preserve.
Dec. 9 - 13
Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour
The tour began in 1993 with just a few homes participating, but has grown to include 60 homes on North 8th and 9th streets in Opelika.
The homes are decorated with life-size Santas, angels, toys, carousel horses and Christmas themed figures. The Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour has been voted one of the Southeast’s top rated tourism events and featured in Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living.
The event is a self-directed driving tour. However, on the night of Dec. 12, North 8th and 9th streets will be closed to traffic to encourage visitors, neighbors and friends to stroll through the neighborhood. This enables everyone to leisurely enjoy the homes up close, listen to the carolers, and talk with residents dressed in Victorian costumes.
This tour begins on North 8th Street and 2nd Avenue and includes over 10 city blocks. Admission is free.
On Dec. 11, the City of Opelika sponsors Chirstmas in a Railroad town, which includes wagon rides through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas tour and tour guides who take you back in time while enjoying the festively decorated homes.
For an entertainment list, please visit www.opelikavictorianfrontporchtour.com.
Auburn Christmas Parade
The entire community is invited to celebrate the season with the Auburn Chamber Christmas Parade on Dec.10 at 5 p.m. in downtown Auburn. The parade, sponsored by Thames Orthodontics, will include Aubie, Santa, Christmas characters, live music and lots of other Christmas favorites!
Gingerbread Village Unveiling
Join the Hotel at Auburn University for the unveiling of the Gingerbread Village following the Auburn Christmas Parade. Enjoy complimentary cookies and hot chocolate while admiring the 2015 Gingerbread Village.
Holiday Art Sale
The Auburn Arts Association, Auburn Parks & Recreation and Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center will host the ninth Annual Holiday Art Sale Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jan Dempsey Community Art Center.
Local artists will be selling paintings, pottery, stained glass, photography, cards, jewelry, hats, scarves and much more!
For more information, please contact Cari Clecker at 501-2944. Free to the public.
Dec. 12, 13
Loveliest Village Christmas Tour of Homes and Buildings
The Auburn Preservation League (APL) is pleased to announce the ninth Annual Loveliest Village Christmas Tour of Homes and Buildings will be Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The tour will feature eight homes and four buildings in the Auburn area, including the residences of the Arnall home on Drake Avenue, the Hill home on East Thach, the Price home on Town Creek Drive, the Fukai home on Gay Street, the McMillan Home in Cary Woods, the Hayes home on Brookside Drive, the Williams home on East Thach, the home of Mary Ann Stiles at Creekside Castle, The Woman’s Club and the Cary Center. Ariccia and Blooming Colors are the featured buildings and ‘Cider Stops’ for this year’s tour. Tickets for the tour are on sale now for $20.
The annual 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 the tour or membership in the Auburn Preservation League, visit www.auburnpreservationleague.org
Ticket Locations: Auburn Chamber of Commerce, The Flower Store, Wrapsody, Blooming Colors, Marquirette’s Jewelry, Flowersmith’s, Auburn Hardware, Ware Jewelers, Auburn Flowers and Gifts, and all Auburn Bank locations.
Dec. 12, 13
Santa on the Corner
Santa will be on the Corner on Dec. 12 and 13 in Downtown Auburn. Donations will be accepted to The United Way. Santa will be downtown from noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 12 and on Dec. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.downtownauburnonline.com.
Holly Jolly Mixology Class
Enjoy Christmas cocktails and holiday hors d’ oeuvres while learning how to master those holiday classics with The Hotel at Auburn University’s in-house mixologists.
Guests will be guided through the proper methods of mixing cocktails and have the opportunity to prepare classic holiday cocktails. Guests receive a special gift to take home at the end of the night.
Limited spots available. For Reservations, please contact Adam Keeshan at (334) 321-3165 or by email. It will cost $55 per person, and the class lasts from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Ariccia at the Hotel at Auburn University will offer a four-course Christmas dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 25. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 844-5140. The cost for adults is $39 and children $19.