When: Friday, December 14th
Time: 5 - 9 PM
Where: 1001 N 10th Street
Collinwood residents will continue Opelika’s oldest neighborhood Christmas tradition, one night only, Friday, December 14th from 5 to 9 pm. For over 50 years (some argue even longer!), the streets of Collinwood have been transformed into a magical Christmas journey commemorating the path of Christ’s birth. Over 1,500 candle filled bags will line the way through various scenes of the Christmas story. Living scenes with people and animals (including shepherds, wise men and angels) conclude with the Nativity.
The Luminaries, a tradition started in the neighborhood in 1967, follows an older tradition observed in Mexico. Several of the residents who started the tradition still live in the neighborhood, but it is a tradition embraced by the whole neighborhood as their Christmas gift to the community. The Collinwood tour is also supported by the Opelika Mayor and City Council, Public Works Department of Opelika, Opelika Power Services, Opelika Police Department and Boy Scout Troop 858. First United Methodist Church Youth group provides the characters for the live scenes along the way.
The Collinwood one-way tour will begin at the corner of 10th street and Oak Bowery Road (1001 N 10th Street) and will end at McLure Avenue. Collinwood residents invite all Lee County residents to come and enjoy the luminaries. The tour is free and all are invited to drive through as often as they like. Join us as we ‘light the path’ on the ‘journey to the manger’.
For more media information, contact Pam Powers-Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-332-9520.
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