Holiday Tree Lighting

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Join Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 24th, 5-7:30pm in Town Square Park. Enjoy 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!

2018 Holiday Tree Lighting Program

  • 5:00 – Event Begins! 
  • 5:00 – 5:20 pm – East High School Swing Choir
  • 5:20 – 5:35 pm – Salvation Army Brass Band
  • 5:35 – 6:00pm – Anchorage Concert Chorus
  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm Program Begins!
    • Welcome from Anchorage Downtown Partnership, iHeart Radio & KTVA Channel 11
    • Citing of Official Holiday Proclamation by Assembly Chair, Forrest Dunbar and Assemblyman, Eric Croft
    • Santa Arrives From the North Pole
    • Lighting of the Holiday Tree
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Meet and Greet With Santa & Reindeer
    • Get Your Photo with Santa & Tell Him What’s on Your Holiday Wish List!
    • Meet Dasher, Dancer, Prancer & Vixon in the Back Plaza of Town Square
  • 6:35 pm – Holiday Dance Performance by Underground Dance Company & More! 

Special Appearances

Will be made by the Chair of our Assembly, Forrest Dunbar and Assemblyman, Eric Croft, 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 tents while in Town Square! Throughout the evening, everyone will be able to enjoy and head to the below event booths.

  • Toys for Tots
    Bring an unwrapped toy to the Toys for Tots booth
  • Free Hot cocoa
    Hot cocoa from the Salvation Army and donation stations.
  • Free cookies!
    Cookies from Franz Bakery

Letters To Santa
Santa’s mailbox will be in Town Square Park next to the Shop Small Tent. Bring your wish list and letters to place in the mailbox in case you don’t get a chance to meet him in person! Or, fill one out at the event! Santa will be taking the letters back with him to the North Pole from the event.

Shop Small Booth
Shop Small In Downtown Anchorage on the 24th for Small Business Saturday!  Participate in Downtown Anchorage’s Small Business Saturday Promotions! Bring your receipt from one of the participating businesses to the Shop Small Tent at Tree Lighting Ceremony. You’ll receive a Shop Small Tote with Discounts for Anchorage Concert Association shows at the Performing Arts Center! You also automatically get entered to WIN 2 Roundtrip Alaska Airline Tickets! For the map of participating businesses, please click here. 

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors! Another wonderful downtown event brought to you by: 


2015 AT&T Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony