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Events coordinated by entities other than the City of Auburn may require a Special Event Permit Application.

To sponsor an event, view the 2020 Event Sponsorship Package (PDF)

8:00AM - 9:00PM

Gingerbread Contest

Virtual

FREE -Due to COVID-19, this year's Gingerbread  Contest will be moving to a virtual contest.
Gingerbread House

This fun event celebrates the holidays and brings the community out to see what Auburn can build! Any structures real or imaginary, houses, igloos, spaceships, etc. will be accepted. This event is free and open to all groups and individuals Nationwide. 

Application Deadline: Monday, November 23, 2020

Virtual entries live & voting opens: Monday, November 30, 2020
Voting ends & contest closes: Friday, December 18, 2020

Online Gingerbread Contest Application
Gingerbread Contest Application (PDF)
Sponsorship Opportunity (PDF)

A winner from each category will be announced on Saturday, December 19, 2020 will be awarded a $25 Jimmy John's gift card and a $25 Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation gift card!

Applicants must adhere to the contest rules listed on the application:

  • Child category is ages 12 and under - if selecting the child category the child must construct 100% of the structure.
  • Teen category is ages 13-18
  • Adult category is ages 19 and up
  • Entry must be appropriate for audiences of all ages
  • Entry must be original and built in 2020
  • Entry must be 90% edible on the exterior
  • Any structure - real or imaginary is eligible for entry i.e. house, train, igloo, spaceship, etc.
  • Each applicant must submit 5-10 photos of their structure.
    • Please submit a mix of photos that include your structure being built and in it's finished form
    • Please note you must apply before submitting photos.
    • Then click HERE to submit photos  
  • The City of Auburn reserves the right to remove any entry from display at any time, for any reason, and at its sole discretion

Questions? Contact Amanda Valdez or call 253-931-3043. 

Special Thanks to our 2020 sponsor!
Jimmy John's logo

4:00PM - 8:00PM

Virtual Santa Visits

SantaSanta is gearing up for the holiday season once again. Even though things are a little different this year, you can still visit Santa via the wonders of a virtual online visit. The elves have made time in Santa’s busy schedule and he’ll take a break in his workshop while he chats with your kids.

Register for a specific date and 10 minute timeframe for a virtual visit. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation with more information about the visit. This information must be filled out and returned prior to the virtual session with Santa. Visits are limited to a maximum of 3 children. An additional time slot will need to be purchased if there are more than 3 kids. Once your live video chat with Santa is over, you’ll receive a link of the recorded video call to the e-mail you signed up with so you can then share with your family and friends.


Fee: $25 Auburn resident/$32 non-resident

Saturday, November 28: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM      

Monday, November 30: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 2: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 5: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday, December 7: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 12: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday, December 14: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 19: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

5:00PM - 5:00PM

Auburn's Holiday Lighting Displays

Holiday Lighting displays

Plan on decorating your house with lights this holiday season?
Have a display that you love to show and share with others?
If so, you may be interested in registering your home to be a part of Auburn’s Holiday Lighting Displays.

Register your display using our GIS map. The map will then be available for the public to view. A tour of holiday lights throughout the City bringing a little joy this season. 

We ask that you please commit to turning on your display on Wednesdays and Saturdays in December from 6 - 8 PM. 

Register your display today

When touring the lighting displays please drive safe and follow all rules of the road.

We are not able to guarantee that all displays will be on each night. We've asked participating displays to be on each Wednesday and Saturday evening from 6 - 8 PM during the month of December 2020. 

For questions contact
Amanda Valdez
Parks, Arts & Recreation
253-931-3043

4:00PM - 8:00PM

Virtual Santa Visits

SantaSanta is gearing up for the holiday season once again. Even though things are a little different this year, you can still visit Santa via the wonders of a virtual online visit. The elves have made time in Santa’s busy schedule and he’ll take a break in his workshop while he chats with your kids.

Register for a specific date and 10 minute timeframe for a virtual visit. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation with more information about the visit. This information must be filled out and returned prior to the virtual session with Santa. Visits are limited to a maximum of 3 children. An additional time slot will need to be purchased if there are more than 3 kids. Once your live video chat with Santa is over, you’ll receive a link of the recorded video call to the e-mail you signed up with so you can then share with your family and friends.


Fee: $25 Auburn resident/$32 non-resident

Saturday, November 28: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM      

Monday, November 30: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 2: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 5: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday, December 7: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 12: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday, December 14: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 19: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

6:00PM - 6:00PM

Flip the Switch Contest

Auburn City Hall - 25 W Main ST

tree lighting imageSanta is looking for an Auburn child to help light the tree in front of City Hall Friday, December 4, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Instead of a large gathering in front of City Hall, this year we will only be inviting Santa, Mayor Backus, the randomly selected child and their immediate family to join us in lighting the tree. A video of the tree lighting will be posted by Saturday, December 5th. 

Nominate a well-deserving child between the ages of 5 and 9 for an opportunity they are sure to remember!

Nominations will be accepted through November 27 at 9:00 AM. A winner will be selected at random by Mayor Backus.

Nomination Form

For questions contact
Amanda Valdez
Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation
253-931-3043

11:00AM - 3:00PM

Virtual Santa Visits

SantaSanta is gearing up for the holiday season once again. Even though things are a little different this year, you can still visit Santa via the wonders of a virtual online visit. The elves have made time in Santa’s busy schedule and he’ll take a break in his workshop while he chats with your kids.

Register for a specific date and 10 minute timeframe for a virtual visit. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation with more information about the visit. This information must be filled out and returned prior to the virtual session with Santa. Visits are limited to a maximum of 3 children. An additional time slot will need to be purchased if there are more than 3 kids. Once your live video chat with Santa is over, you’ll receive a link of the recorded video call to the e-mail you signed up with so you can then share with your family and friends.


Fee: $25 Auburn resident/$32 non-resident

Saturday, November 28: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM      

Monday, November 30: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 2: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 5: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday, December 7: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 12: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday, December 14: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 19: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

5:00PM - 8:00PM

Jolly Holiday Lane

Les Gove Park, 12th ST SE

Jolly Holiday LaneFREE to attend - Auburn Food Bank donation or monetary donation to the VRFA's virtual toy drive encouraged.

Join us Saturday, December 5th for a socially distanced Jolly Holiday Lane. Drive through the Lane at Les Gove Park. View an array of lighted displays including a decked out fire engine, a scene from the nutcracker, a giant snow globe and more! Children will be given a goodie bag full of treats and be able to drop their letter off to Santa! All while staying safe inside your car and wearing a mask when applicable. Spectators and display participants must pre-register.

Register to be a part of the Jolly Holiday Lane Display!
We are looking for creative and festive community members, families, and businesses to help us fill the Lane with the holiday spirit! Register your lighted display to be a part of the Jolly Holiday Lane today! 

We ask that spectators register for a 1/2 hour time slot. Sign up as a spectator and reserve your time slot. Please note we have a limited number of spectators that we can fit through the Lane in the time provided. All spectators must register.

Limited spectators spaces are available. Spectator registration will close once all spaces are filled.

****5:00 PM - 5:30 PM time slot is now full***

****5:30 PM - 6:00 PM time slot is now full***


Santa Letter Template (PDF) Be sure to include the child's address so Santa can mail a letter in return. Drop off the completed letter at the Jolly Holiday Lane or mail to Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation by December 11th, 2020.  

Jolly Holiday Map (PDF)

For questions contact
Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation
253-931-3043
Amanda Valdez, Special Events and Farmers Market Coordinator

4:00PM - 8:00PM

Virtual Santa Visits

SantaSanta is gearing up for the holiday season once again. Even though things are a little different this year, you can still visit Santa via the wonders of a virtual online visit. The elves have made time in Santa’s busy schedule and he’ll take a break in his workshop while he chats with your kids.

Register for a specific date and 10 minute timeframe for a virtual visit. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation with more information about the visit. This information must be filled out and returned prior to the virtual session with Santa. Visits are limited to a maximum of 3 children. An additional time slot will need to be purchased if there are more than 3 kids. Once your live video chat with Santa is over, you’ll receive a link of the recorded video call to the e-mail you signed up with so you can then share with your family and friends.


Fee: $25 Auburn resident/$32 non-resident

Saturday, November 28: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM      

Monday, November 30: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 2: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 5: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday, December 7: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 12: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday, December 14: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 19: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

5:00PM - 5:00PM

Auburn's Holiday Lighting Displays

Holiday Lighting displays

Plan on decorating your house with lights this holiday season?
Have a display that you love to show and share with others?
If so, you may be interested in registering your home to be a part of Auburn’s Holiday Lighting Displays.

Register your display using our GIS map. The map will then be available for the public to view. A tour of holiday lights throughout the City bringing a little joy this season. 

We ask that you please commit to turning on your display on Wednesdays and Saturdays in December from 6 - 8 PM. 

Register your display today

When touring the lighting displays please drive safe and follow all rules of the road.

We are not able to guarantee that all displays will be on each night. We've asked participating displays to be on each Wednesday and Saturday evening from 6 - 8 PM during the month of December 2020. 

For questions contact
Amanda Valdez
Parks, Arts & Recreation
253-931-3043

4:00PM - 8:00PM

Virtual Santa Visits

SantaSanta is gearing up for the holiday season once again. Even though things are a little different this year, you can still visit Santa via the wonders of a virtual online visit. The elves have made time in Santa’s busy schedule and he’ll take a break in his workshop while he chats with your kids.

Register for a specific date and 10 minute timeframe for a virtual visit. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation with more information about the visit. This information must be filled out and returned prior to the virtual session with Santa. Visits are limited to a maximum of 3 children. An additional time slot will need to be purchased if there are more than 3 kids. Once your live video chat with Santa is over, you’ll receive a link of the recorded video call to the e-mail you signed up with so you can then share with your family and friends.


Fee: $25 Auburn resident/$32 non-resident

Saturday, November 28: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM      

Monday, November 30: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 2: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 5: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday, December 7: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 12: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday, December 14: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 19: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

11:00AM - 4:00PM

Virtual Santa Visits

SantaSanta is gearing up for the holiday season once again. Even though things are a little different this year, you can still visit Santa via the wonders of a virtual online visit. The elves have made time in Santa’s busy schedule and he’ll take a break in his workshop while he chats with your kids.

Register for a specific date and 10 minute timeframe for a virtual visit. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation with more information about the visit. This information must be filled out and returned prior to the virtual session with Santa. Visits are limited to a maximum of 3 children. An additional time slot will need to be purchased if there are more than 3 kids. Once your live video chat with Santa is over, you’ll receive a link of the recorded video call to the e-mail you signed up with so you can then share with your family and friends.


Fee: $25 Auburn resident/$32 non-resident

Saturday, November 28: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM      

Monday, November 30: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 2: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 5: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday, December 7: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 12: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday, December 14: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 19: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

4:00PM - 8:00PM

Virtual Santa Visits

SantaSanta is gearing up for the holiday season once again. Even though things are a little different this year, you can still visit Santa via the wonders of a virtual online visit. The elves have made time in Santa’s busy schedule and he’ll take a break in his workshop while he chats with your kids.

Register for a specific date and 10 minute timeframe for a virtual visit. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation with more information about the visit. This information must be filled out and returned prior to the virtual session with Santa. Visits are limited to a maximum of 3 children. An additional time slot will need to be purchased if there are more than 3 kids. Once your live video chat with Santa is over, you’ll receive a link of the recorded video call to the e-mail you signed up with so you can then share with your family and friends.


Fee: $25 Auburn resident/$32 non-resident

Saturday, November 28: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM      

Monday, November 30: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 2: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 5: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday, December 7: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 12: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday, December 14: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 19: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

5:00PM - 5:00PM

Auburn's Holiday Lighting Displays

Holiday Lighting displays

Plan on decorating your house with lights this holiday season?
Have a display that you love to show and share with others?
If so, you may be interested in registering your home to be a part of Auburn’s Holiday Lighting Displays.

Register your display using our GIS map. The map will then be available for the public to view. A tour of holiday lights throughout the City bringing a little joy this season. 

We ask that you please commit to turning on your display on Wednesdays and Saturdays in December from 6 - 8 PM. 

Register your display today

When touring the lighting displays please drive safe and follow all rules of the road.

We are not able to guarantee that all displays will be on each night. We've asked participating displays to be on each Wednesday and Saturday evening from 6 - 8 PM during the month of December 2020. 

For questions contact
Amanda Valdez
Parks, Arts & Recreation
253-931-3043

4:00PM - 8:00PM

Virtual Santa Visits

SantaSanta is gearing up for the holiday season once again. Even though things are a little different this year, you can still visit Santa via the wonders of a virtual online visit. The elves have made time in Santa’s busy schedule and he’ll take a break in his workshop while he chats with your kids.

Register for a specific date and 10 minute timeframe for a virtual visit. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation with more information about the visit. This information must be filled out and returned prior to the virtual session with Santa. Visits are limited to a maximum of 3 children. An additional time slot will need to be purchased if there are more than 3 kids. Once your live video chat with Santa is over, you’ll receive a link of the recorded video call to the e-mail you signed up with so you can then share with your family and friends.


Fee: $25 Auburn resident/$32 non-resident

Saturday, November 28: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM      

Monday, November 30: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 2: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 5: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday, December 7: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 12: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday, December 14: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 19: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

8:00AM - 9:00PM

Gingerbread Contest

Virtual

FREE -Due to COVID-19, this year's Gingerbread  Contest will be moving to a virtual contest.
Gingerbread House

This fun event celebrates the holidays and brings the community out to see what Auburn can build! Any structures real or imaginary, houses, igloos, spaceships, etc. will be accepted. This event is free and open to all groups and individuals Nationwide. 

Application Deadline: Monday, November 23, 2020

Virtual entries live & voting opens: Monday, November 30, 2020
Voting ends & contest closes: Friday, December 18, 2020

Online Gingerbread Contest Application
Gingerbread Contest Application (PDF)
Sponsorship Opportunity (PDF)

A winner from each category will be announced on Saturday, December 19, 2020 will be awarded a $25 Jimmy John's gift card and a $25 Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation gift card!

Applicants must adhere to the contest rules listed on the application:

  • Child category is ages 12 and under - if selecting the child category the child must construct 100% of the structure.
  • Teen category is ages 13-18
  • Adult category is ages 19 and up
  • Entry must be appropriate for audiences of all ages
  • Entry must be original and built in 2020
  • Entry must be 90% edible on the exterior
  • Any structure - real or imaginary is eligible for entry i.e. house, train, igloo, spaceship, etc.
  • Each applicant must submit 5-10 photos of their structure.
    • Please submit a mix of photos that include your structure being built and in it's finished form
    • Please note you must apply before submitting photos.
    • Click HERE to submit photos  
  • The City of Auburn reserves the right to remove any entry from display at any time, for any reason, and at its sole discretion

Questions? Contact Amanda Valdez or call 253-931-3043. 

Special Thanks to our 2020 sponsor!
Jimmy John's logo

11:00AM - 4:00PM

Virtual Santa Visits

SantaSanta is gearing up for the holiday season once again. Even though things are a little different this year, you can still visit Santa via the wonders of a virtual online visit. The elves have made time in Santa’s busy schedule and he’ll take a break in his workshop while he chats with your kids.

Register for a specific date and 10 minute timeframe for a virtual visit. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation with more information about the visit. This information must be filled out and returned prior to the virtual session with Santa. Visits are limited to a maximum of 3 children. An additional time slot will need to be purchased if there are more than 3 kids. Once your live video chat with Santa is over, you’ll receive a link of the recorded video call to the e-mail you signed up with so you can then share with your family and friends.


Fee: $25 Auburn resident/$32 non-resident

Saturday, November 28: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM      

Monday, November 30: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 2: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 5: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday, December 7: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 12: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday, December 14: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 19: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

5:00PM - 5:00PM

Auburn's Holiday Lighting Displays

Holiday Lighting displays

Plan on decorating your house with lights this holiday season?
Have a display that you love to show and share with others?
If so, you may be interested in registering your home to be a part of Auburn’s Holiday Lighting Displays.

Register your display using our GIS map. The map will then be available for the public to view. A tour of holiday lights throughout the City bringing a little joy this season. 

We ask that you please commit to turning on your display on Wednesdays and Saturdays in December from 6 - 8 PM. 

Register your display today

When touring the lighting displays please drive safe and follow all rules of the road.

We are not able to guarantee that all displays will be on each night. We've asked participating displays to be on each Wednesday and Saturday evening from 6 - 8 PM during the month of December 2020. 

For questions contact
Amanda Valdez
Parks, Arts & Recreation
253-931-3043

5:00PM - 5:00PM

Auburn's Holiday Lighting Displays

Holiday Lighting displays

Plan on decorating your house with lights this holiday season?
Have a display that you love to show and share with others?
If so, you may be interested in registering your home to be a part of Auburn’s Holiday Lighting Displays.

Register your display using our GIS map. The map will then be available for the public to view. A tour of holiday lights throughout the City bringing a little joy this season. 

We ask that you please commit to turning on your display on Wednesdays and Saturdays in December from 6 - 8 PM. 

Register your display today

When touring the lighting displays please drive safe and follow all rules of the road.

We are not able to guarantee that all displays will be on each night. We've asked participating displays to be on each Wednesday and Saturday evening from 6 - 8 PM during the month of December 2020. 

For questions contact
Amanda Valdez
Parks, Arts & Recreation
253-931-3043