Alaska December 07, 2016
14 Main Streets In Alaska That Are Pure Magic During Christmastime
It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the last frontier! With December getting off to such a snowy start (almost a foot in 48 hours), we can’t think of a better time to load up the family and venture down to one of these enchanting Main Streets for a winter wonderland experience. Enjoy a mix of bustling city views and sleepy small town sights – all dressed to the nines in magical, sparkling Christmas lights. Get ready for a major dose of holiday eye candy!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Fifth Avenue – Anchorage
Until the ice sculptures arrive in January, enjoy a visit to downtown Anchorage and soak in the magical array of Christmas lights at Town Square Park.
2. Main Street – Nome
It might be dark for months on end in this remote Alaska town, but that doesn't stop the community from getting into the holiday spirit. Just one drive down this main road and you will be feeling alive and revived to take on the holidays with a smile!
3. Chena Hot Springs Road – Fairbanks
Chena Hot Springs Road offers magical views of the luminescent Northern Lights and once you arrive at the resort you'll be greeted with even more sparkling lights in every direction you look. Soak it all in and be sure to check out the views inside at the Aurora Ice Museum. So much eye-candy, so little time!
4. Main Street – Cordova
This sweet little town located near the mouth of the Copper River is so special during the sleepy winter months. We can't get enough of the calm and peaceful streets lined with subtle touches of holiday magic.
5. Alyeska Highway – Girdwood
Alyeska Resort has a way of lighting up the entire town of Girdwood during the snowy, winter months. Christmastime is especially cheery as you will find sparkling lights in every direction you look.
6. Main Street – Seward
This charming little coastal town is a bit sleepy during the winter months, but that doesn't stop the community from getting into the holiday spirit. Enjoy beautiful sparkling Christmas lights on main street and then pop over to enjoy a stunning view of the harbor with the Northern Lights dancing over the mountains in the backdrop.
7. Main Street – Talkeetna
This tiny little mountain town might be pretty slow paced during the winter months, but that doesn't stop the locals from lighting the town up with Christmas magic. Main Street offers a lovely array of businesses that are decked out in happy, sparkling holiday lights.
8. Chenega Street – Valdez
In one of the snowiest towns in the last frontier, it's impossible not to feel like you are instantly in a winter wonderland paradise upon arrival. Head over to check out the annual Christmas tree lighting and then enjoy sparkling views of the magical lights all season long.
9. Old Town - Kenai
One stroll through Old Town Kenai and you'll be falling in love with the holiday season. Stop at Veronica's Cafe for a warm drink and a bite to eat before continuing on to enjoy an evening on Alaska's Playground.
10. Sterling Highway - Soldotna
Kick off your holiday season on the Kenai Peninsula with a visit to Soldotna Creek Park for the annual tree lighting ceremony, then enjoy driving through the quaint town all season long as the Sterling Highway is lined with sparkling Christmas lights from top to bottom.
11. St. Nicholas Lane – North Pole
Turn onto St. Nicholas Drive and enjoy all the fun at the Santa Claus House followed by an enchanting walk through the Christmas In Ice world-renowned ice carvings.
12. Main Street – Sitka
This remote island paradise is a whole new level of magical during the holiday season. Take a stroll through town then watch the sparkling harbor lights in the distance as you sip on a warm Cup o' Joe.
13. Main Street – Homer
The 'halibut fishing capital of the world' is peaceful and utterly magical during the holiday season. Drive down main street, head to old town, journey down the spit or head up to East End Road for a magical view overlooking the town and the bay.
14. Second Avenue – Fairbanks
Alaska' 'Golden Heart City' comes alive during the holiday season. With extremely cold and dark days, these epic displays of Christmas lights sure to put magic into the eyes of every man, woman and child.
For more holiday fun, check out
the 11 most enchanting, magical Christmas towns in the last frontier. If you love the snowy season as much as we do, check out these 12 picturesque towns that prove Alaska is the ultimate winter wonderland state.