Join Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 30th, 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!
This year’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is proudly sponsored by ConocoPhillips-Alaska and generously supported by Port of Anchorage, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Anchorage Parks and Recreation, EasyPark, KTVA and iHeartMedia Inc.
Don’t miss the Citing of Anchorage’s Holiday Proclamation, Toys for Tots, Salvation Army Brass Band, Anchorage Concert Chorus, East High Swing Choir, Underground Dance Company, Free Hot Chocolate & Coffee from Kaladi Brothers, and Sammie The Reindeer Coloring for Kids & Antler Hat Giveaways.
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 wish list 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.
- Free Hot cocoa
Hot cocoa from Kaladi Brothers
- 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 – Bring Your Receipt and Get Entered to WIN 2 Alaskan Airline Tickets!
Shop Small and Buy Local with Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. (ADP) and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) on Small Business Saturday! Every year, we team up with American Express and our local business community to create an impactful day for Small Business Saturday. This year, we’re expanding the campaign to cover local businesses all over Anchorage!
How? We ask our member businesses to provide discounts and specials for Shop Small. We create a map showing each participating location and your special for the day and market the information to the city of Anchorage! Since we’re also including non-member businesses this year from outside of downtown Anchorage, any Alaska-owned retail business in Anchorage is encouraged to sign up!
The shoppers can bring their receipts to the Small Business Saturday booth in Town Square Park at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony that evening, and they can be entered to win 2 roundtrip tickets with Alaska Airlines. The winner will be drawn that evening after the lighting of Anchorage’s Holiday tree!
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!