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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!