Holiday Tree Lighting

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Join Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 24th in Town Square ParkEnjoy a day of shopping at our local downtown small businesses for Small Business Saturday and celebrate with the city as we light the official start to Anchorage’s holiday season!  Enjoy holiday music and performances, FREE cookies and hot cocoa, Santa and his reindeer, and last but not least, the lighting of the Holiday Tree!

2017 Schedule of Events

4:15 p.m. –East Anchorage High School Swing Choir
4:45 p.m. — Salvation Army Brass Band
5:05 p.m. — Polynesian Association of Alaska Performance
5:35 p.m. — Anchorage Concert Chorus
6:00 p.m. — Welcome & Beginning of Ceremony
6:05 p.m. — Mayor Berkowitz cite the Official Holiday Proclamation
6:15 p.m. — Santa & Reindeer ride into Town Square
6:20 p.m. — Santa Lights the Holiday Tree
6:30 p.m. — Meet & Greet Santa & Reindeer!
6:30 p.m. — Da Capo Performance
7:00 p.m. — Polynesian Association of Alaska Performance
7:30 p.m. — Event Concludes


Special Appearances
will be made by Mayor Berkowitz, KTVA Channel 11, iHeart Radio and Magic 98.9, and of course, Santa and his Reindeer!

Meet Santa and his Reindeer! 
Take the opportunity to meet with Santa, tell him what’s on your wishlist this year and take a photo with Santa!
The reindeer petting area will be open for kiddos and families too!

If the line for Santa is too long, you and your family can bring or write your wishlist to Santa at the event! We have a mailbox collecting letters to Santa that will take them directly to the North Pole.

Community Partners & Organizations
Our community partners are getting involved in this Holiday Celebration for Anchorage. Be sure to visit their tent while in Town Square!

Toys for Tots
Bring an unwrapped toy to the Toys for Tots booth

Hot cocoa
Hot cocoa from Salvation Army, and Superman Movers.

Free cookies!
Cookies from Franz Bakery,  Bridge Builders and the Polynesian Association of Alaska

Reindeer and Santa
Photo op with Santa and his elves, reindeer petting area, station to write letters to Santa

This downtown event is brought to you by

IHeart Radio, Magic 98.9, and Anchorage Parks & Recreation


2015 AT&T Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony