By Brenda Daley, Auburn Parks and Recreation Department
We are busily preparing for the 22nd Annual Christmas Walk at Eckhart Park this month. This event is one of my favorite traditions in Auburn because it brings the community together in a special way and really captures the spirit of the season.
Children’s faces light up when they see all the holiday decorations and lights… smiles spread from ear to ear at the sight of Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves… and laughter fills the air as families and friends just enjoy the moment.
Believe it or not, decorating for the Christmas Walk is a month-long endeavor. With a small staff, we rely on volunteers to help us set up our “winter wonderland.” And while we charge a small admission fee, the amount raised covers only a portion of the electrical and equipment costs. We do not host this event in an effort to turn a profit. Instead, we put on this event as a gift to the community… a way to say thanks for supporting the Auburn Parks & Recreation Department throughout the year.
We hope when you join us this year, you’ll just take in the scenes around you and soak up the holiday spirit. Here’s a little peek of what you can expect…
- Paved path decorated with lights and your favorite holiday and cartoon characters, including Charlie Brown, Sponge Bob and more
- Santa on hand to hear your Christmas wish list
- Mrs. Claus in her gingerbread village
- Santa’s elves preparing gifts in their workshop
- Snowmen ice skating on the pond
- Synchronized music and lights
The Christmas Walk will be held at Eckhart Park (1500 S. Cedar Street) from 6-8 p.m. on two weekends: December 7-9 and December 14-16. Admission is $2 per person, or $1 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All food items will be donated to the Community Center for Caring Food Pantry to help those in need this holiday season.