Fun Holiday Events in and Around Anchorage

Last month we did a post where we put together a list of activities and events for Halloween.  Finding a comprehensive list of things that are going on is surprisingly difficult, so as we go into the holiday season we wanted to bring you events happening in and around Anchorage for Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, Solstice, and New Year’s.  We will be adding to this list as we find events, so check back often.  If you know of anything coming up, please let us know and we’d be happy to add it.  If you know anyone who is thinking of buying or selling a home, please let us know and we’d be happy to help them.


Zoo Lights

  • Date and Time: Thursdays- Sundays from Friday, November 27th, 5 PM- 20151031_190103Saturday, January 31st.
  • Location: The Alaska Zoo
  • Price: $6/person 2 and up (Under 2 is free)
  • Age: All Ages.

Zoo Lights, they’re big, bright, and beautiful. Talk about a winter wonderland! The Alaska’s Zoo’s parade of animal lights are more colorful and dazzling than ever.  If you’d like to see 20151031_192658some pictures from a few years ago here’s a link to my blog post I wrote about it.


Live Bird Thanksgiving Celebration

  • Date and Time: Saturday, November 28th at 2 PM
  • Location: Eagle River Nature Center
  • Price: Free. Donations to Bird TLC Suggested
  • Age: All Ages.

The Bird Treat and Learning Center is bringing several live educational birds for you to meet in an informal setting. Bring your leftover cranberries and turkey necks for the birds!


Wooden Ski Classic

  • Date and Time: Sunday, November 29th at NoonWoodenSkiClassic-141130-01
  • Location: Russian Jack Springs Park
  • Price: Varies depending on age and membership status of Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage.
  • Age: All Ages

Celebrate Nordic heritage. Break out your wool knickers and sweaters for a 5K ski race for adults and 2.5K race for kids under 12.

The race’s first wave is filled with authentic cross-country costume with wooden skis. All others start in the second wave. After the race, stay for the traditional Scandinavian breakfast in the Russian Jack Chalet. This event is co-sponsored by Sons of Norway Bernt Balchen Lodge and the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. This is the first race of the AMH Anchorage Cup Series but is not a points race! Prizes are awarded to the best dressed boy and girl (12 and under) and female and male adult (over 12) racers. Need a hint for the traditional costume judging? Wear wool in Scandinavian style and patterns.

Come early to pine tar your skis 9-11 a.m. Pine tar supplied. Volunteers will apply pine tar for you. Bring clean skis; remove all wax before you arrive.

Register: Online at the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage website. Day-of registration is also available from 10-11 a.m. Bib pick up from 10-11:30 a.m. on race day.


Christmas in Spenard

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, December 1st- Wednesday, December 23rd recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, and WednesdayChristmas in Spenard
  • Location: Taproot
  • Price: $ 9-27
  • Age: Adults 21 or older

“Christmas In Spenard” is two hours of satirical Alaskan musical comedy, a live band, stunning singers and dancers, a spectacular High Definition multi-media presentation, and approximately three minutes of sentimental holiday fluff. There may be twelve days of Christmas, but this show only runs 11 times in 2015!

The Tap Root’s tantalizing menu of fresh tasty American comfort cuisine and beverages is available. WARNING: It’s like a real dinner theater, but “Seasonal Vegetables” might mean pumpkin-flavored ale.

It’s your last chance for unrestrained laughter until the state legislature convenes. Don’t miss this show!


Holiday Bazaar at Alaska Native Heritage Center

Looking for a gift for someone special? You’re sure to find a unique Alaskan gift at the 2015 Holiday Bazaar! Alaska Native artists will have tables showcasing their stunning beadwork, baskets, ornaments, jewelry, carvings, and more! While you’re here, visit our Heritage Gift Shop for more gifts and Alaska Native art.


Christmas Bird Count for Kids

  • Date and Time: Sunday, December 6th from 9 AM to 1 PM
  • Location: The Alaska Zoo
  • Price: Free (Registration Required)
  • Age: Ages 6 and up.

This popular event for kids offers a unique way for young birders to be a part of the larger Christmas Bird Count Survey, the longest running data collection for bird identification in the U.S. Kids learn about citizen science, explore how birds survive cold conditions in our Alaskan winters, take a morning birding excursion on zoo grounds with experienced birders and we will have refreshments and freebie bird swag for all! Event is Sunday, December 6th from 9am to 1pm. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and space is limited. Contact Stephanie Hartman (Alaska Zoo Education Director) at or 341-6463 if you are interested in participating. Visit our Christmas Bird Count for Kids page for details.

The Nutcracker Ballet

  • Date and Time: Friday, December 11th at 7:30 PM; Saturday, December 12th at 2 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Location: Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
  • Price: Varies. See link above.
  • Age: Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Anchorage Ballet presents The Nutcracker, a holiday dance performance to delight the whole family! With the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is an exciting ballet filled with fantasy and magic. Join Marie as her Nutcracker Prince escorts her on a magical journey through an enchanted forest filled with cascading snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets! At the Kingdom of the Sweets, she is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy (International Guest Star Bridgett Zehr). The Prince tells her about their daring battle with the army of mice and she rewards them with a celebration of dances.


Lantern Making

Make your own lantern for next weekend’s lantern walk. Bring an empty 1-2 gallon cardboard milk carton; all other materials provided. Call 694-2108 to register.


Tuba Christmas

Tuba players are a fun and lovably quirky crowd, however, and very little gets them down. Tuba players serenade concertgoers in the Lorene Harrison Lobby at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Expect to see tubas decorated for the season, collections of Tuba Christmas buttons on scarves and lapels that serve as bragging rights for those “in the club,” and spontaneous singing from the crowd.

The event was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Today, Tuba Christmas is presented in 200 cities throughout the United States, Canada and Switzerland.

This year’s free, family concert has limited seating availble; lots of standing room.


Christmas for the Animals

  • Date and Time: Sunday, December 13th 3-6 PM
  • Location: Alaska Zoo
  • Price: Regular admission, free for zoo pass holders
  • Age: All Ages.


A Christmas Carol

  • Date and Time: Friday, December 18th- Friday, December 25th recurring daily at 3 PM and 7:30 PMchristmascarol_square_R2-01_300
  • Location: Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
  • Price: Varies. See link above.
  • Age: All Ages.

Perseverance Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Adapted by Arlitia Jones and Michael Haney December 2015. A family holiday favorite returns! This holiday season, witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous Christmas Eve transformation in a new adaptation by Arlitia Jones and Michael Haney. Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy businessman, with no place in his life for kindness, compassion, or charity When Scrooge is visited by four ghosts, he is warned to change his ways or face a miserable afterlife. Directed by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Artistic Associate Michael Haney, whose love of the story has lead him to directing the show in Cincinnati for over twenty years!


8th Annual Christmas Village

Christmas Village is one the newest holiday shows in Alaska. Be a part of the biggest shopping day of the year. Christmas Village is the perfect time to sell all of those wanted last minute gifts. Be ready to sell…and buy! Christmas Village allows both Alaskan-made and imported items to be sold at the show.


Ice Lanterns

Learn how to make your own ice lanterns to light up your holidays. Today we will be lighting somewhere around a hundred lanterns to prepare for this evening’s lantern walk. Call 694-2108 to register.


Annual Solstice Lantern Walk

The Nature Center invites you to join us for our traditional candle-lit procession to celebrate the winter solstice. Bring your own lantern or borrow one of ours. Dress for being outdoors: meet on the back deck for lighting candles, surrounded by the magical light of ice lanterns! The lantern procession takes you on a short walk along a candle-lit trail to a bonfire and heated yurt.


Anchorage Concert Chorus: Family Holiday Pops

Sit back, relax and let the Anchorage Concert Chorus and Holiday Pops Orchestra give you a break from hectic holiday activities. You and your whole family will enjoy this afternoon of traditional hymns, lighthearted holiday fare and a carol sing-a-long. The best way to enjoy a wintry Sunday afternoon!


Winter Solstice Eve

  • Date and Time: Monday, December 21st at 5:00-6:30 PM and 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Location: Spirit Path Yoga
  • Price: Free!
  • Age: Adults

Spirit Path Yoga is offering a free class to celebrate Winter Solstice. Classes are limited to 12 participants to each class. See their website for details.


Christmas on the Farm

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, December 23rd and Thursday, December 24th Reindeer Farm11AM-5PM
  • Location: The Reindeer Farm
  • Price: $8/person ages 3 and up
  • Age: All Ages.

The Reindeer Farm will be open for a few days in December and will be offering the following: Pictures with Santa (Photographer available), Reindeer Tours, Indoor snowball fight, tractor pulled wagon rides and reindeer sled rides (as long as its above 0 degrees), a bon fire, and crafts for kids.


Noon Year’s Eve

  • Date and Time: Saturday, December 31st 11 AM- Noon
  • Location: Anchorage Museum
  • Price: Free with Admission
  • Age: Recommended for ages 4 and up

The Anchorage Museum is celebrating the New Year with an opportunity for younger ages to join the festivities. Help ring in the New Year with the science of confetti cannons and inventive noisemakers. Don’t worry about staying up late, we will celebrate when the clock strikes noon.


Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration

  • Date and Time: Saturday, December 31st 5-8 PM
  • Location: Anchorage Town Square Park
  • Price: Free
  • Age: All Ages.

Anchorage’s New Year’s Eve celebration is a fun, family friendly and FREE event in Town Square. The fun begins at 5 p.m. in Town Square Park December 31st, New Year’s Eve and ends at 8 p.m. with the fireworks spectacular. The night will feature other musicians, street performers food vendors and 3D light projections all around Town Square.


Rewind 2015

We welcome the New Year with all the great tunes of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and this century too with DjLefty, emcee R.C. Woodson, some games, some door prizes, a buffet and lots of great fun.  Tickets are $65 until midnight December 15 then they’ll go up to $75 which is what they should have been all along.  This is a quality party so dress to impress.  Come to see your friends and meet new ones.


9th Annual Crystal Ball

Five Star Entertainment presents our 9th Annual New Year’s Eve Crystal Ball. This year’s theme is glitz and glam with tons of sparkle and class, so put your best dress on and break out the diamonds. There will be a lot to remember this new year’s eve. Who knows? You might be the one going on vacation with 100,000 Alaska Airline miles!


Williwaw Presents: Reel Big Fish

  • Date and Time: Saturday, December 31st 9 PM
  • Location: Williwaw
  • Price: $50-100
  • Age: Adults, 21 and over

Williwaw will ring in their first New Year’s with ska-punk legends Reel Big Fish Thursday, December 31st 2015 with local guests Nervis Rex! $50 General Admission, $60 Day of Show, and $100 Dinner and a Show package. Dinner and show package includes: early entry at 7pm, four course dinner, sponsored beverages from Heineken and Jose Cuervo, and rooftop access for town square fireworks at 8pm.


Torchlight Brigade at the Alyeska Resort

  • Date and Time: Saturday, December 31st 9 PMtorchlight parade
  • Location: Alyeska Resort
  • Price: Free!
  • Age: All Ages.

The New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade is a must see. Follow the parade of lights from top to bottom. The best viewing is from outside of the Daylodge. Fireworks to follow immediately.


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