Ongoing weekly on Wednesdays until December 18: Wine Down Wednesday. Half price house wine and a relaxing lounge atmosphere. 5p.m. until 10p.m. Event Center Downtown’s Upstairs Lounge and roof terrace.
Ongoing first Friday of the month until May 2: Satin Soul First Fridays. Jazz entertainment. Doors open at 7p.m., performance begins at 8p.m. Event Center Downtown. Admission is $5.
November 21: Craft Beer Dinner featuring Good People Brewing Company. Enjoy an evening with Good People Brewing Company brewer Adam Klein. Beer will be paired with a unique four-course dinner prepared by Ariccia restaurant. Reservations required. Contact Ariccia at 844-5140. 6p.m. to 9p.m. The Hotel at Auburn University.
November 22: Roman Street Live at Piccolo. Roman Street is an internationally trained instrumental band from Mobile, Ala., that will be performing at Piccolo with no cover charge. 8p.m. to 11p.m. Located inside The Hotel at Auburn University. Call 821-8200 for information.
November 23: Out of the Box: An Outdoor Juried Sculpture Exhibition. features 10 works of contemporary sculpture to represent 10 years of service to Auburn University and community. Work will be displayed until next fall. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
November 23: Crafty Christmas. BigHouse Foundation presents the Craft Show for a Cause. It will include 40 vendors – the perfect opportunity to shop for Christmas presents. 9a.m. to 4p.m. Old Johnson’s Galleries Building at 205 S. 10th Street in downtown Opelika.
November 23 – January 5: National Village Christmas Lights. National Village will host a Christmas Lights display at Grand National. For information please find the event on Facebook.
November 28: Ariccia’s Thanksgiving Buffet. Featuring a brunch buffet and a three-course dinner. Seating times are at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 3p.m. The Hotel at Auburn University. Call Ariccia restaurant at 844-5140 for reservations and pricing.
November 28: Ariccia’s Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy a four-course dinner featuring turkey and Swiss chard, pesto parsnip, carrot mash and milk chocolate and pumpkin mousse. Dinner seating begins at 5:30p.m. The Hotel at Auburn University. Call 844-5140 for reservations and pricing.
November 29: Downtown Autumn Nights. Aubie, the AU band and cheerleaders will begin the celebration while live music will entertain the crowd into the evening. Everyone is invited to attend. Festival located in downtown Auburn.
November 29: Hudson Family Foundation Celebrity Home Run Derby. Annual Celebrity Home Run Derby is coming to Plainsman Park, presented by the Hudson Family Foundation. It will feature Major League players and Auburn legends. Visit www.hudsonfamilyfoundation.com for information. 6p.m. to 8p.m. Plainsman Park.
December 2: Letters to Santa. Join the Community Writing Center staff to write letters, address envelopes and send them to the North Pole. 4p.m. to 5p.m. Auburn Public Library.
December 2 through 14: Holiday Art Sale Preview Exhibition. Catch a sneak peek of items available at the 7th Annual Holiday Art Sale during the Holiday Art Sale Preview Exhibition. 8a.m. to 5p.m. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Free and open to public. Guest tours are welcome.
December 5, 6: Rocky Brook Rocket Reindeer Express. The Opelika’s Parks and Recreation staff creates an enchanting transformation of Opelika’s Municipal Park into a multitude of Christmas scenes. Entertainment, food, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa and a train ride. 5pm. to 8p.m. on Denson Drive.
December 6: Auburn Christmas Parade. The community is invited to celebrate the season with the Auburn Chamber Christmas Parade. 5p.m. at downtown Auburn. Includes Aubie, Santa, Christmas characters, live music and other Christmas favorites.
December 6: Unveiling the 2013 Auburn Gingerbread Village. To be unveiled before Auburn Christmas Parade, with guests encouraged to come visit the village after the parade. 5p.m. to 9p.m. The Hotel at Auburn University.
December 7: Opelika Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade. Includes 75 entries, such as festive floats, marching bands and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Begins at 10a.m. in historic downtown Opelika.
December 7: Lee County 18th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk for Habitat. Sponsored by Auburn area WeHelp Coalition of churches. Shoppers and newcomers walk down rows of tables spread with thousands of home-baked holiday goodies, select whatever they want and pay by the pound ($6/lb.). Holiday entertainment, a beautiful quilt give-away, photos with Santa and so much more to be featured. 8a.m. to 1p.m. Grace Methodist Church on Glenn Avenue behind Kroger.
December 11-15: Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour. Sixty Victorian and historic homes near downtown Opelika will be transformed into colorful, nostalgic reminders of Christmas from a simpler era. Homes will be adorned with life-sized Santas, angels, toys, among other things. Admission is free.
December 13: 19th Annual Christmas in a Railroad Town. Be transported back in time and take a wagon ride through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour, take photos with Santa Claus, enjoy Victorian-era food and much more. 6p.m. to 9p.m. in downtown Opelika.
December 14: Fitness Open House. Auburn Parks and Recreation will host a free Fitness Open House. 9a.m. to noon, Frank Brown Recreation Center. Tour the newly-expanded facility, meet the instructors, learn more about classes offered and take part in fitness demonstrations. Open to all ages; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
December 14: Holiday Art Sale. Auburn Parks and Recreation and the Auburn Arts Association will host the 7th Annual Holiday Art Sale. 9a.m. to 4p.m. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center and Harris Center. This event features 40 or more artists with handmade items for purchase, including scarves, ornaments, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, candles, holiday décor and photography. Admission is free and a portion of the proceeds from sales support the Auburn Arts Association’s programs at the Arts Center.
December 14: Holiday Outdoor Movie. Join Auburn Parks and Recreation for a free outdoor movie featuring the children’s classic The Polar Express. 5:30 p.m. at Town Creek Park. Snuggle up and enjoy this new holiday tradition with friends and family.
December 14: Ho! Ho! Ho! Hike. Hike around the Preserve looking for visitors in red, then go to amphitheater for hot cocoa at the fire pit. 10a.m. Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve. Free admission with a donation of canned goods for the East Alabama Food Bank.
December 14-15: Loveliest Village Christmas Tour of Homes and Buildings. The Auburn Preservation League will host a tour to feature nine homes and buildings in the Auburn area. 10a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday and 1p.m. to 4p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20. Find out more at auburnpreservationleague.org.
December 17: Collinwood Luminaries. A driving tour that features luminaries throughout the neighborhood, leading to a nativity scene. Follows a one-way route beginning on Collinwood Street in Opelika. 5p.m. to 9p.m.
December 18 – 22: Teddy Bear Tea. Enjoy afternoon tea with a life-sized teddy bear. 3p.m. to 5p.m. The Hotel at Auburn University. $25 per person. Call 844-5140 for more information.
December 24-25: Christmas Dinner in Ariccia. Chef Christopher McCurdy will prepare a special three-course dinner. 5:30-9p.m. The Hotel at Auburn University. Contact Ariccia restaurant for pricing and reservations. 844-5140.
December 28: KOB and Opelika Tree Commission Annual Christmas Tree Recycling. Recycle your Christmas tree with the Opelika Tree Commission and Keep Opelika Beautiful. Citizens will receive a tree seedling in exchange for the tree. 8a.m. to 12p.m. Opelika Chamber of Commerce.
December 31-January 1: New Year’s Eve Celebration. Enjoy a five-course meal and live jazz music. Dinner seating begins at 7p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University’s Ariccia restaurant. Call 844-5140 for reservations and pricing.