Collinwood 51st Christmas Luminaries

When: Friday, December 14th

Time: 5 - 9 PM

Where: 1001 N 10th Street

Opelika, AL

 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’. 


 Merry Christmas! 


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