This 82-Year-Old Christmas Festival Is One Of Alaska’s Most Treasured Traditions

The holiday season is the time of traditions, and here in Alaska we have plenty of them. One of our most beloved traditions is this highly-anticipated holiday festival that takes place in Palmer every year. Colony Christmas is the “holiday edition” of a festival that started more than eight decades ago. Every December, this tight-knit community comes out and celebrates the holiday season the old-fashioned way. It’s both a celebration of the holiday season and of simpler times. Every Alaskan should experience the charms of this extraordinary event at some point, and this year is the perfect time to do just that. Read on to learn what makes this festival so incredible.

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Have you had the pleasure of attending Colony Christmas? This is one Alaska tradition that is here to stay for years to come. Take a look at our list of the 11 Most Enchanting, Magical Christmas Towns In Alaska for more awesome holiday destinations.