From the Publisher – November ’23

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My favorite color is Christmas lights! Yes, all the merry and bright colors on a Christmas tree, adorned across the front of homes, and decorated throughout downtown are the perfect shades of the most wonderful time of the year! It’s beginning to look and feel like the holidays everywhere you turn. It’s a time to gather together around the dinner table and give thanks for another year with family and friends. Then, begin the planning, shopping, and wrapping for everyone on this year’s Christmas list. With the holidays here, your family fun calendar will soon fill up, too.

In this month’s Holiday Happenings Guide, you’ll find festive events that are a must-do to bring in the holiday season. Auburn and Opelika have downtown Christmas parades, tree lightings, and Santa on the way. Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming fun days for the kids. There is a 100% chance of snow at Sno*pelika on December 1 and at the Hey Day Market every day at 5:00 p.m.! Hey Day Holidays will feature an ice-skating rink, gingerbread village, and Christmas caroling. Want to take a ride on the Rocky Brook Reindeer Express? All aboard the train on the evenings of December 14-16. You might even see Santa there, too! What is Christmas without seeing the magic of The Nutcracker come to life on Gogue Performing Arts Center’s beautiful stage? Dancing snowflakes, flowers, and fairies will whisk you away to the whimsical Land of Sweets. Or, immerse yourself into a Winter Wonderland on a Holiday Walk in the Woods and Ho, Ho, Ho Hike at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. You’ll meet woodland characters, make nature-themed crafts, and sip warm hot chocolate. Please get your tickets to these Christmas performances before they are gone.

As you and your family enjoy all that the holiday season brings, take a moment and reflect on all the blessings you have received this year. Thankfulness for your family and friends and all their health and happiness is a great way to end the year. Make the most of your time this holiday season with those you love and experience all the sights and sounds around you. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!


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From the Publisher – November ’23

by Kendra Sumner time to read: 1 min