Victorian Front Porch Christmas goes digita

Visitors can enjoy Opelika’s Victorian Front Porch Christmas tour on portable media devices. The Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau has listed the tours on its Web site as a downloadable Global Positioning System (GPS) file. The technology enables visitors to view the decorated wonderland of more than 60 Victorian homes. In addition to seeing handmade Christmas figures on porches and lawns, visitors can download the tour to an MP3 player or GPS device and receive turn-by-turn directions for the tour, detailed descriptions of the history of each home and building along the route and additional historical documentation of the downtown area.
“This is another way to enrich the visitor experience,” said John Wild, bureau president. “Technology and new media are allowing us to provide enhancements to our existing area tours and attractions, keeping them fresh and interesting even to those who may have visited or seen them before.”  Featured in Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens, Opelika artist Jan Jones spent years creating the Santas and other characters. Named one of the Southeast’s top holiday events, the tour is in its 16th year and is seen by more than 10,000 visitors annually. This year’s tour is available for download on the tourism bureau’s Web site at

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