Auburn Parks & Recreation Annual Christmas Walk 2013

Let’s take a Christmas Walk through Eckhart Park… 

Wow, this isn’t some small walk with just a few lights!  How do they make it happen every year?  

The Auburn Parks & Recreation Department has been doing a Christmas Walk for 23 years. The walk has grown from just two nights usually the first weekend in December to now two weekends in December on Friday Saturday and Sunday. 

 The Parks & Recreation Department have 4 employees and they do all of the setup and decorating.  It takes about 2 weeks to do the actual setup and an additional week or so making props and scenery.  They all do some research in finding scenes that they would like to re-create. 

Display at the Christmas Walk 2013

The pavilion in Eckhart Park was once used for face painting, Christmas crafts and a visit with Santa. In 2012, the pavilion became more of a winter wonderland, featuring Mrs. Claus and of course Santa.  The pavilion is the perfect area to take some great family Christmas photos.  There is hot chocolate to warm up from the walk, and there is a Food Drive for local organization RSVP’s Food Pantry.

Inside Pavillion

The walking path through Eckhart Park is lined on both sides with the outdoor scenes, lighted arches and trees, a complete gingerbread village and of course Christmas music.  The path is approximately 1/3 of a mile, and is handicap accessible.


 Brenda Daley, an employee of the Auburn Parks & Recreation Department shared some of her favorite experiences of the Walk, ” actually hearing someone gasp at the sight of our work, children looking in complete amazement at all the decorations. “ Brenda shared, “This year my all-time favorite was a little boy about 3 years old came in and walked right up to one of the stuffed elves and said, ‘HI,’ then turned to his mom and said, ‘he won’t talk to me.”

Click to view more photos  (taken by Kevin McCarthy)

Be sure to plan on checking out the Christmas Walk 2014 and make it a tradition if you haven’t already.


About Visit DeKalb County

Welcome to the official blog of the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau. Nestled in the North East Corner of Indiana are ten communities that all share a common bond. And that bond is DeKalb County. Our job at the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau is to showcase all of the experiences the county has to offer and one of the many ways we do that is by blogging. Each of our blogs tells a different story of DeKalb County and we hope that by sharing these stories and events it will encourage people from all over the world to visit the place we call home.
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