Opelika Christmas Parade 2017

The Grinch waves to those gathered in downtown Opelika during the 2017 Christmas parade.

Christmas in Opelika will go on without a parade this year.

Instead, those filled with the yuletide spirit will be able to enjoy a new Christmas tree lighting event in either late November or early December, according to a release from the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, which is  sponsoring the celebration.

The decision, according to the Chamber, is being made due to dwindling participation and attendance in previous years, in addition to requests from several citizens for a tree lighting event.

“We have a special community, and I think this event is a great way for everyone to come together to get us ready for the fabulous holiday season that this city knows how to host – and host well,” Pam Powers-Smith, the chamber’s president, said in the release.

Set to feature several attractions such as community activities, carolers and performances by children’s groups, the event will be hosted around the tree on Railroad Avenue and will include new decorations as well.

“I am thrilled that the Chamber is providing an additional quality event to the Christmas lineup this year,” Mayor Gary Fuller said in the release. “The city fully supports the Chamber in this new endeavor. We hope you’ll join us as the Chamber puts on a refreshing new event. We are all doing our part to make Opelika a Christmas destination.”

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