Victorian Front Porch Tour

Traditional Santa, outside, next to sign that says A Victorian Front Porch Christmas

Opelika is celebrating Christmas like it's 1899! From December 9 to 13, 2020, historic homes in Opelika's northside historic district are transformed into a colorful, nostalgic reminder of Christmas from a simpler era. The event is a self driving tour except for Saturday night when the streets are closed for visitors to stroll through the neighborhood. 

The tour began in 1993 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 Christmas-themed figures. The Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour has been voted one of the southeast's top rated tourism events and was 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 streets 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 the carolers, and talk with the residents dressed in Victorian costumes. This tour begins at Heritage House on North 8th Street and 2nd Avenue and includes over ten city blocks. The admission to this spectacular production is free.

2020 Schedule of Events

December 9: Driving tour 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

December 10: Bike tour begins at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the driving tour 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

December 11: Driving tour 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

December 12: Walking tour 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Streets are closed to non-foot traffic. Entertainment from The Auburn Knights, Opelika City Schools, Opelika First Baptist Handbells, and more! To inquire about performance opportunities for your group, please email victorianfrontporchtour@opelika-al.gov.

December 13: Driving tour 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Carriage tours are available on December 9, 10, and 13. Get more information and purchase your tickets here at the Opelika Library Friends website.