Have you considered traveling to Alaska around Christmas? Alaska may not be the first place you think of visiting in the winter time, but it is actually not a bad choice of a destination. Alaska has a head start on many places when it comes to seasonal activities. Already white with snow by late November, Anchorage hosts some great Christmas events, performances and festivals for visitors to enjoy.
Music lovers will appreciate the wonderful performance of Christmas music performed by the Alaska Chamber Singers at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in early December. Everything from classical masterpieces to family carols is covered in their repertoire. Music of a different kind can be enjoyed at the Atwood Concert Hall when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band puts on a swinging family-friendly Christmas performance. Closer to Christmas, the Alaska Chamber Singers perform a Carol Concert on December 11 at St Andrew Church, just north of Anchorage at Eagle River.
Christmas Shopping Ideas
The Christmas Village at Anchorage is the perfect place to browse for last minute gifts with more than 200 vendors in a festive atmosphere at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. This is also the location for the Christmas Arts and Crafts Emporium, a two-day event featuring a large variety of Alaskan-made arts and crafts with free admission. Another great way to do Christmas shopping in a slightly unorthodox manner is to support the Christmas Gift Auction in Reilly’s. Donated gifts are sold in a silent auction and help out a worthy cause in this practical fund-raising event.
Theater Productions for Christmas in Anchorage
The story of the “Toys Take Over Christmas” is a timely lesson about the meaning of Christmas as the Toymaker’s magic brings his toys to life and he greedily wants to keep them all for himself. This seasonal production is performed at the Sydney Lawrence Theater.
On a more classical note, the Anchorage Ballet beautifully performs Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Act II at the Discovery Theater.
Finally, what could be more magical for children and adults alike than a trip on the Alaska Railroad. For 2010 the actual train has been replaced with a holiday bus which makes its way from Anchorage to Seward, a total of 128 miles each way, with an optional overnight hotel stop. Trips include a free photo with Santa, free passport giveaways, a Christmas gift exchange, carol singing and entertainment organized by various radio DJ personalities. Enjoy the splendid scenic drive to get you in the holiday spirit and pick up some hand-made gifts at Seward’s Annual Craft Fair before the return journey back to Anchorage. Alternatively, make the scenic drive yourself through this amazing Alaskan Winter Wonderland. If you’re in need of car rental or car hire services, we have a store conveniently location at the Anchorage Airport (ANC). Happy and safe travels!