Alaska is a state located in the northwest extremity of the United States. It is bordered by a Canadian territory, and the Canadian province of British Columbia, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south and Yukon to the east.
Juneau is the capital while Anchorage is the largest city of Alaska.
Other big cities and towns in Alaska include – Fairbanks, Sitka, Ketchikan, Wasilla, Kenai, Kodiak, Bethel, Palmer, etc
Some of the popular tourist destinations in Alaska include – Brooks Falls, part of Katmai National Park and Preserve, Mount McKinley (Denali), etc.
Christmas Celebrations in Alaska (AK) :
With an average annual snowfall measured in feet and being home to wild reindeer, the Northern Lights, the North Pole, Alaska seems to be a natural Christmas celebration place.
You can call Christmas celebrations in Alaska as White Christmas.
Some towns in Alaska begin celebrating Christmas after the last weekend in November all the way through January 6, the beginning of Epiphany.
Since 1950’s, thousands of children who have written to Santa Claus with their Christmas wishes have sent their letters to the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska (near Fairbanks) and the best part of it is that the Santa Claus House also writes letters back to kids.
Among the Christmas carols Alaskans sing is a special one that belongs only to Alaska. “Gristuusaaq suu’uq” or “Christ Is Born” is sung in Aleut, the native Alaskan language, every year. Traditionally, everyone joins in on the last chorus of “Mnogaya leta” or “God grant you many years.”
Christmas in Anchorage includes Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium Exhibition, The Nutcracker classic ballet, Holiday Christmas Train, Anchorage Concert Chorus and the Holiday Pops Orchestra, etc
“Christmas in Ice” event takes place in North Pole, Alaska.
Another event taking place in North Pole includes Candle Lighting Festival where in crowning of the year’s North Pole King and Queen takes place along with a Christmas carol sing-a-long.
Eagle River, located just outside of Anchorage, Alaska, offers a Winter Wonderland Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Northwest of Anchorage is the town of Palmer, Alaska, where they host a series of fun events during December and the Christmas season.
Talkeetna Winterfest takes place in Talkeetna. In Juneau, a Christmas market is setup and here you can find Items handcrafted by Alaskans, which can be a great Christmas gift for your near dear ones.
Christmas with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra is an annual Christmas concert taking place in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Wintertime is also prime time for catching the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, in Alaska.
Another attraction for your Christmas trip to Alaska is Alaska’s official sport: dog-sledding or mushing.
Indeed, if you can handle the chill and snow, Alaska provides a picture-perfect place for spending Christmas.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 and Happy New Year 2017 !!!