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     Dec. 11-13
Colony Christmas A Norman Rockwell Christmas celebration featuring horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides, craft fairs, Colony Christmas triathlon, parade of lights, Christmas caroling and fireworks. Various times and locations, downtown Palmer. For more info and a schedule, call 745-2880 or visit
                       Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-24
Santa Experience Tours
Reindeer tours, wagon rides, visits with Santa, holiday light show, games and crafts, and more. Reindeer Farm, Palmer. $19 per person. Children 2 and under free. For info, call 745-4000 or visit
films. Screenings held at various venues in downtown Anchorage. For info, visit
Dec. 5 Parade of Lights Light up and decorate your vehicle and/or a float then join the fun. If you are not in the parade, come downtown and watch it go by... twice, as is the Talkeetna custom! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in town with their sleigh. 7 pm, Main St., Talkeetna. For info, call 315-1962 or email
Dec. 18-19 Santa Sleigh Landing Come see Mr./ Mrs.Clause and Rudolph and Frosty. 5:30–9 pm, Chatanika Lodge. Free. For info, visit chatanikalodgeak.
Dec. 21 Festival of Lights Celebrating the winter solstice, this fun and festive fireworks display will light up the sky in downtown Fairbanks. Starting at 8 pm, the fireworks will launch from Griffin Park. For info, call 452-8671 or visit
Dec. 21 Solstice Celebration The Rodak
Trail will be lit up with ice lanterns. Enjoy the magic on a quiet evening walk. Bring your own lantern or borrow one at the Center. Dress for being outdoors, and follow the lantern-lit path along the Rodak Trail to the big bonfire anytime between 6 and 8 pm. (Not a guided walk.) All ages. Free; parking $5. Eagle River
Nature Center. For info, visit celebration.
Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Sparktacular Kick off the new year by watching brilliant fireworks either on campus at UAF or nearby. 8 pm, UAF’s West Ridge. Stop by the Museum of the North before the show for hot chocolate and cookies. For info, call 474-5114.
over the mountain, and fireworks cap the festivities. Stake out a spot near
the resort’s day lodge for
the best view of both the procession and the fireworks. 9-10:30 pm, Alyeska Resort, Girdwood. For more info, visit
Jan. 24-26, Feb. 1-2
Willow State Winter Carnival Spanning two weekends in Willow, enjoy games, races, dance and more at this annual carnival. $1 parking fee per car at the Willow Community Center. Event times vary. For info, visit php.
Jan. 30-Feb. 6 Cordova Iceworm Festival The first week of February, Cordova rolls out the red carpet
and welcomes guests from
all over the world for this festival, featuring a parade,
a variety show with local performers and the Miss Iceworm Coronation. For info, visit
Feb. 7 Annual Alaska
Ski for Women XC skiing, costumes, camaraderie and a cause! A special focus of this event is ending the cycle of violence against women and their families. 8 am, Kincaid Park. For info, call 276-7609 or visit anchoragenordicski. com.
Feb. 11-14 Homer Winter Carnival Festivities include cross country ski races, snowmachine games, crafts fair, a parade and more. Events throughout the weekend all across Homer. The parade begins Sat., Feb. 9, at noon on Pioneer Ave. For info, visit homeralaska. org.
                    For a complete listing of events in your area, visit our Calendar at AlaskaParent. com/calendar. Due to COVID-19 precautions, some of the events and venues may have adjusted their hours or programming. Contact each venue directly to verify.
                                              Dec. 4-13 Anchorage International Film Festival Showcasing some of the best independent film and video from around the world, including family programs, local filmmaking competitions and youth
Dec. 31 Anchorage’s New Year’s Eve Celebration This fun, family-friendly and free event features live music, street performers, food trucks, fireworks and more. 5-8 pm, Saturday Market lot off E St & 3rd, Anchorage. For info, visit
Dec. 31 Torchlight
Parade Local skiers and snowboarders descend the mountain with torches in hand, creating a parade of lights from top to bottom. The Torchlight Parade takes
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