Thanksgiving in Anchorage

Anchorage does Thanksgiving a little different.  While there is plenty of turkey with all the trimmings, it is also the right place for top-flight college hoops and holiday events that sparkle.

Great Alaska Shootout

In Anchorage, Thanksgiving tradition involves watching top collegiate basketball. The annual Great Alaska Shootout hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage tips off on the week of Thanksgiving.

Holiday Lights and Dance Delights

Not all the action is on the court during Thanksgiving weekend. The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place the evening of Friday, Nov. 24, in Town Square Park. Santa will be there along with his real live reindeer team. For those looking for theater, a holiday favorite will be on stage during the long weekend as well. The Anchorage Concert Association’s production of “The Nutcracker” runs Nov. 24-26.

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 Crafted in Alaska. 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 CookSheraton Anchorage, Westmark Anchorage and Alyeska Resort each have Thanksgiving meals planned. Reservations are recommended.