Events Calendar
Events Calendar

Annual Gingerbread House Contest

From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public is invited to the Carlson Center to view entries in the Gingerbread House Contest, now in its 36th year. Winners are determined by viewer voting, and winners of each of the six divisions win a prize, with an overall grand champion selected by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Gingerbread House Committee.

Stinky Kids: The Musical
Britt loves making everyone happy, but this girl who never gets in trouble is in a sticky situation. She woke up with a massive wad of gum stuck in her hair! All of Britt’s friends are depending on her parents to take them to Captain Happy’s Jumpy-Fun-Super-Bouncy Indoor Place, so Britt can’t let them down. Britt joins her friends on an adventure across the neighborhood to solve her problem before her parents find out and possibly cancel the trip.
Christmas Village
Christmas Village is a perfect opportunity to buy all those last-minute gifts. Held at the Dena’ina Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Christmas Village allows both Alaskan-made and imported items to be sold.
Solstice Tree Tour
The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage presents the annual Solstice Tree Tour—this event encourages members of Alaska’s northern community of all ages and abilities to get outside and celebrate the winter solstice. The Solstice Tree Tour showcases the trees along the first 2.5k of the Mize Loop at Kincaid Park. Local businesses sponsor trees along the route and decorate them to create a winter wonderland along one of the most well-loved trails at Kincaid. Admission to the tour, which takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., is free.
A Christmas Carol
Perseverance Theatre presents an energetic refresh of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol, adapted by Anchorage local Arlitia Jones and director Michael Evan Haney.
Design Alaska Holiday Concert

The Design Alaska Holiday Concert, which sells out every year, features Eduard Zilberkant conducting the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony Chorus, and the Fairbanks Symphony Children’s Chorus and will treat guests with traditional holiday favorites at the UAF Davis Concert Hall beginning at 3 p.m. on December 7 and 4 p.m. the next day.

The Annual Procrastinators’ Bazaar

The Procrastinators’ Bazaar is a one-stop shop for goods and gifts for shoppers to treat themselves or whittle away at their gift list. Local vendors offer handmade clothing, jewelry, fiber goods, birch bark baskets, ceramics, body care products, forged items, paintings, pet presents, and more.

Dec 31
New Year’s Sparktacular

Brilliant fireworks are launched from UAF’s West Ridge at 8 p.m. Celebrate the New Year and kick off UAF’s centennial with cocoa and cookies at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

Fireman’s Ball

The Alaska State Firefighters Association presents the 2nd annual Fireman’s Ball, a night of music and dance and a silent auction. Live performers for 2019 are Siblings & Outlaws and Gamble & the High Costa Living.


Dec 13-15

Colony Christmas

Colony Christmas is an old-fashioned country Christmas celebration with craft fairs, horse-drawn and reindeer sleigh rides, pictures with Santa, fireworks, and the MTA Colony Days Parade of Lights, all in Downtown Palmer.

Dec 23-27

Taking place every year the week of Christmas, for Julebukking the streets of downtown Petersburg fill with bundled-up customers looking for last minute gifts for friends and family. According to Norwegian tradition, local merchants offer visitors amazing seafood delights, familiar Norwegian pastries, and warming spirits in appreciation of their business during the past year.

Dec 7
Wilderness Woman Competition & Bachelor Auction

Sponsored by the Talkeetna Bachelor Society, single women over the age of 21 can compete in a wilderness competition, including water hauling, sandwich delivery, fishing, sawing wood, and shooting. Later that night at the auction, single women (also over the age of 21) have the opportunity to buy a man and dance at the Bachelor Ball: these men come from all walks of life, including mechanics, firemen, loggers, pilots, miners, guides, businessmen, carpenters, geologists, teachers, and more. Bachelors range in age from 21 to 70.

Dec 20-21
December Delights

Mat-Su Concert Band’s annual holiday concert includes holiday favorites and some lesser-known seasonal treasures. The audience is invited to sing along with the most-love Christmas carols.