Santa-Spotting With KTVA 11 Daybreak and AKontheGO

Got Santa? You'll find him here! [image courtesy Santa Claus House]

Got Santa? You’ll find him here! [image courtesy Santa Claus House]

Happy Christmas season, AKontheGO families! Truly, I have the best job in the world, finding out the appearance schedule of Mr. Claus himself. Today is the first Thursday in December, and that means an early-morning wake up with KTVA 11 Daybreak. This month, it’s all Santa, all the time for many Alaska families, and I had a ton of fun making up this list of magical opportunities. One note: You may have noticed I don’t have a lot of time to talk while sitting on the couch with my Daybreak cohorts, and as such, many things are unfortunately left off the list. But, never fear, for the AKontheGO calendar of events has just about every event, activity, and outdoor pursuit your family could desire. Didn’t see an event? Send us a note at togoak@gmail.com and we’ll get it up there!

Psst: On the calendar are appearances by Santa in Sitka, Seward, and Alyeska Resort!

Enough details, let’s talk Santa, as seen this morning on KTVA 11 Daybreak:

Daybreak

 

Take a lovely trip along the Milky Way to stop on in at the North Pole, and see what Santa has to say... [image courtesy Santa Claus House]

Take a lovely trip along the Milky Way to stop on in at the North Pole, and see what Santa has to say…
[image courtesy Santa Claus House]

Santa Claus House, North Pole, Alaska. Kids have been sending and receiving letters at this address for more than 60 years, and his house is nearly always open for a little visit. Between now and Christmas, Santa Claus House is open daily, and while it is a huge gift emporium, it’s also in North Pole, and some families just can’t get enough of that, bringing kids, and grandkids to this amazing place. visit SantaClausHouse.com for all the important info.

 

How about a little ice with your Christmas?  [image courtesy Christmas in Ice]

How about a little ice with your Christmas?
[image courtesy Christmas in Ice]

Christmas In Ice festival happens to be right next door to Santa Claus House, and this celebration of all things cold and snowy runs until the first part of January. Ice carving, an ice picnic under the stars…reindeer….so much to do!

 

Reindeer games in Palmer.

Reindeer games in Palmer.

Santa also swings back down here to the Southcentral area, and the Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer has adjusted their usual weekend schedule to only two days this year, December 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’d like to visit with the reindeer, or Santa, and enjoy caroling, lights, and lovely bit of down home hospitality, this is the place. But only 2 chances. ReindeerFarm.com for all the info.

Palmer also hosts the annual Colony Christmas celebration December 12-14. A parade of lights, gingerbread contest, triathlon, and more. Lots of great fun for the whole family. Go to the Palmer Chamber website for their downloadable schedule of events, because there’s a ton.

 

Celebrate Solstice with a lantern walk at Eagle River Nature Center. [image courtesy ERNC]

Celebrate Solstice with a lantern walk at Eagle River Nature Center. [image courtesy ERNC]

Ice candles line a walkway of Eagle River Nature Center near Solstice eve. [image courtesy ERNC]

Ice candles line a walkway of Eagle River Nature Center near Solstice eve. [image courtesy ERNC]

Finally, a beautiful option for Winter Solstice, happening on December 20 at Eagle River Nature Center. Every year, the community gathers to take a Lantern Walk around the property, ending up at a big bonfire, with cookies and cocoa. As you can see from the photos, it’s a serene winterscape of light, and a very nice way to welcome Solstice and increasing daylight. This is free, and everyone is welcome – but, parking is $5 for non-members.

 

Who's going to join us on the 3 p.m. departure of the Alaska Railroad Holiday train this Saturday? We'll be watching for you!

Who’s going to join us on the 3 p.m. departure of the Alaska Railroad Holiday train this Saturday? We’ll be watching for you!

EXTRA: Hey, we’ll be on the Alaska Railroad’s Holiday Train this Saturday afternoon. Look for Santa and the team as we chug by Westchester Lagoon or Elderberry Park near the Coastal Trail – I bet he’ll wave at you!

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