Attractions November 24, 2016
Here Are The 11 Most Enchanting, Magical Christmas Towns In Alaska
It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the last frontier! Get ready for the whole state to turn into an epic winter wonderland paradise as the snow starts flying and the year quickly comes to a close. If a magical white Christmas that is decked out with sparkling lights from top to bottom is what you’re after, be sure to visit some of these enchanting towns and soak in the magic of the season!
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1. North Pole
Let's be honest, this town is home to the Santa Claus House where you can actually meet the man himself along with his reindeer. Plus, it's located on 101 St Nicholas Drive which is pretty much the most magical address in Christmas history. Also, be sure to watch out for the 'Christmas in Ice' event that runs from November 26, 2016 and ends around January 8, 2017. These ice sculptures will blow you away.
The ice sculptures and fascinating light displays in downtown Anchorage are like something from another Christmas planet. Absolutely, positively remarkable! Not to mention, as Alaska's largest city you will find so many great neighborhoods filled with homes that are sparkled to the holiday nines.
The 'Christmas comes to Kenai' celebration is a magical takeover that is full of life, love and holiday magic. The parade and fun activities are the perfect way to ring in the holiday season with the whole family. There is no denying that the Kenai Chamber of Commerce along with the incredible local residents know how to 'go big or go home' during the most wonderful time of the year.
The 'Golden Heart City' comes alive during the magical Christmas season. Visit the Holiday Bazaars at Pioneer Park, Celebration of Lights Fireworks or the Winter Solstice Walk and find yourself falling in love with the season on a whole new level.
This sweet little isolated town is particularly magical around the holidays. Watch as the town transforms with Christmas lights and join the Chamber of Commerce for the Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa Parade.
There is just something awe-inspiring about witnessing a whole harbor of floating boats decked out in Christmas lights. Juneau knows how to keep things wildly Alaskan and totally magical during the holidays. Other neat local events include the Holiday Pops Concert and the Juneau Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count and Potluck. Downtown Juneau also has the Last Minute Frolic Attack and gift wrapping which encourages residents to shop local and enjoy the magic of the season from the comfort and convenience of their backyard.
The 'Christmas in the Park' tree lighting at Soldotna Creek Park right next to the world famous Kenai River is a magical way to kick the holiday season into high gear. Come join the family fun and fall in love with one of the most incredible communities in the last frontier. Other great holiday events include the Kenai Watershed Forum Holiday Open House and the Winter Wonderland Sterling Community Center Annual Fundraiser.
December 9th-11th is the most magical time of the year in Palmer. Join the Colony Christmas celebration and enjoy fireworks, parade of lights, gingerbread contests and tons of family fun for days on end. The Mat-Su Valley truly knows how to have a good time, no matter how cold and dark it gets outside.
From the incredible community events to the Christmas parade, it's impossible not to fall in love with the holidays in the 'halibut fishing capital of the world'. Kick the season off right with a visit to the Homer Chamber of Commerce for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration and bring the kiddos to meet Santa Claus while you're at it.
This magical little town in Southeast Alaska is special all year long but it has a way of coming to life on a whole new, magical level during the holidays. Enjoy community gatherings as well as the enchanting sights of many homes and businesses in the area decked out in Christmas lights.
This city located on the southern Seward Peninsula coast on the cuff of the Bering Sea is unique in so many ways, but that doesn't stop the town from celebrating the holidays in true festive fashion. The Christmas Extravaganza at Old St. Joe's Civic Center is a great way to get into the spirit of the season. Or a drive through the sleepy downtown streets lined with Christmas lights is sure to bring out the magic in everyone's eyes.
If you want more holiday magic, check out
these 9 incredible Christmas displays in Alaska.