Opelika Northside Historic District, 8th St, 9th St, Avenue A, & Railroad Avenue in Opelika, AL.
This historic Opelika neighborhood features turn-of-the-century homes that have been restored to their original grandeur. This neighborhood is the home of the famous Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour. Driving and walking tours for groups are available through Auburn-Opelika Tourism.
Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour
The tour began in 1933 with just a few homes participating, but has grown to include 60 homes on North 8th and 9th Street. The homes are decorated with life size santas, angels, toys, carousel horses, and other Christmas themed figures. The Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour has been voted on 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 Saturday night North 8th and 9th Street 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 carolers, and talk with the residents that are dressed in Victorian costumes. This tour begins on North 8th Street and 2nd Avenue and includes over ten city blocks. Admission to this spectacular production is FREE.
On the Friday night of the tour, the City of Opelika sponsors Christmas in a Railroad Town which includes wagon rides through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour. These wagon rides include tour guides who take you back in time while enjoying festively decorated homes.
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