Head to Opelika for the Rocky Brook Rocket Reindeer Express!
The Rocky Brook Rocket will be on the tracks this holiday season for the Rocky Brook Rocket Reindeer Express.
Opelika Parks and Recreation is adorning the park with thousands of lights, and the train tracks will wind through beautiful Christmas scenes bringing Christmas cheer to all in attendance.
This year’s event will take place December 13-15 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Monkey Park.
Riders of all ages and sizes can take a ride through the lights for just $2 per person.
Tickets are sold onsite during the event, and all riders, including infants, must have a ticket to ride.
Tickets are cash only.
Reindeer Express brings more than cozy train rides through the park.
Park visitors can grab supper and a steamy cup of hot chocolate from the concession stand, with proceeds benefitting the Opelika Band Boosters.
Children can visit Santa Claus, relay their Christmas gift list and pose for photos with Jolly ‘Ol Sant Nick.
Two playgrounds will still be open and accessible for kids to play on.
In addition to the quintessential Christmas attractions, Reindeer Express is bringing an entirely new component this year.
An open-air Christmas Market featuring local artisans will be erected in the park, offering event attendees the opportunity to purchase handmade Christmas gifts for loved ones.
Payment options will vary from vendor to vendor, and attendees are encouraged to bring cash.
The Reindeer Express Christmas Market will not only put unique handcrafted gifts into people’s hands, but it will also showcase some of the incredible talent that is located in our area.
Laura Chesser with Opelika Parks and Recreation said they plan to have honey, jams, jellies, toys, art, décor, jewelry, and a variety of other items for sale.
Each year Opelika Parks and Recreation tries to upgrade and interchange scenes to enhance repeat attendees’ experiences.
However, according to Municipal Park manager Matthew Battles, staying within the confines of the park’s power supply has always been a challenge. This year they have alleviated those worries by installing an additional breaker.
Due to the plethora of electrical wiring and extension cords required to light the park, portions of the park will be closed to the public during Reindeer Express.
Park visitors are encouraged to respect all barricades, flagging and other boundaries within the park for their safety.
Reindeer Express is not a rain or shine event. Inclement weather could cause the event to be postponed or canceled.
For more information about Reindeer Express and to view the event FAQ, please visit http://www.opelikaparks.com.
Courtesy: Laura Chesser, Opelika Parks & Recreation