Anchorage does Thanksgiving a little different.  While there is plenty of turkey with all the trimmings, it is also the right place for unique outdoor fun, Alaska traditions, and holiday events that sparkle.

Holiday Lights and Dance Delights

Not all the action is on the court during Thanksgiving weekend. The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place in Town Square Park, and frequent special guests include Santa and his real live reindeer team. Those looking for theater can often find holiday favorites on stage during the long weekend as well. Keep an eye out for productions of “The Nutcracker” from the Anchorage Concert Association and the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy.

Winter Fun

The Thanksgiving weekend is also the perfect weekend to get out on the trails or ice. Rent a fat tire bike and explore the snowy trails, or grab some skates and join the locals at Westchester Lagoon.

Crafts Weekend & ReadAlaska Book Fair

If all the holiday cheer gets you revved up for Christmas shopping, you’ll find the perfect gift at the Anchorage Museum’s Polar Bazaar. The museum carefully selects every artist so shoppers will be guaranteed authentic, hand-crafted works. Bookworms will love the ReadAlaska fair, which features Alaska authors, illustrators, and independent publishing houses.

Thanksgiving Dinners in Anchorage

Enjoy the holiday meal with all the trimmings. You might not even need to leave the hotel; the Anchorage Marriott Downtown, Embassy Suites, Lakefront Anchorage, Hotel Captain Cook, Sheraton Anchorage, Westmark Anchorage and Alyeska Resort often each have Thanksgiving meals planned. Reservations are recommended.