Upcoming December events in Anchorage

The holiday classic returns after three years off the stage.

Brighter Winter Nights event at the Botanical Gardens. Photo by Alaska Botanical Gardens.

Anchorage International Film Festival

Location: Various

Date/Time: Dec. 2 - Dec. 11

This annual film festival will take place at various venues around Anchorage including the Anchorage Museum Auditorium, Bear Tooth Theatrepub, and E Street Theater. You can purchase tickets to various film selections on the Anchorage International Film Festival website. The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in Anchorage on Dec. 10.

Little Women

Location: UAA Fine Arts Stage

Date/Time: Dec. 2 - Dec. 18

UAA Department of Theatre and Dance and Perseverance Theatre are partnering to present a production of Little Women. Experience the story based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott come alive by the direction of Cara Hinh. Discounted tickets for students can be purchased on UAATix.

Blue Man Group

Location: Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Date/Time: Dec. 6 - Dec. 11

The smash hit phenomenon known as the Blue Man Group is coming to Anchorage. It’s everything you’ve come to know about them — creative drumming and colors — but featuring new experiences. Discounted tickets for students can be purchased on UAATix.

UAA Getaway

Location: Seawolf Sports Complex

Date/Time: Dec. 8, 6 - 8 p.m.

It’s time to celebrate the end of the semester with a UAA Getaway. This is an activity filled event with games, live performance, a pool party, free tacos and so much more! Bring your friends and your favorite tropical outfits.

Brighter Winter Nights

Location: Alaska Botanical Gardens

Date/Time: Thursdays through Sundays and the last week of Dec. excluding Christmas, 5 - 8 p.m.

Presented by ConocoPhillips Alaska, Alaska Botanical Gardens are going to be decorated like a winter wonderland. This is the perfect family event. Tickets are $10 for members and $14 for nonmembers. Children six and under are free. Tickets can be purchased on the Alaska Botanical Gardens website.

Zoo Lights

Location: Alaska Zoo

Date/Time: Nov. 18 - Dec. 17, Dec. 22 - Jan. 8  Fridays through Sundays weekly, 5 - 8 p.m.

Sponsored by GCI and ConocoPhillips Alaska, Alaska Zoo presents Zoo Lights, a dazzling lights display through 20 plus acres of wooded trails. This is another event that would be a great experience for the whole family. Tickets are $17 for non-members and $12 for members. Children ages two and under are free. Make some family memories at this magical event.

Holiday Market

Location: 49th Brewing Co — Anchorage

Date/Time: Dec. 10 - Dec. 11, 12 - 5 p.m.

The holidays are here and 49th Brewing Co is hosting a holiday market featuring more than 60 vendors, holiday fare foods, carriage rides, and even an appearance by Santa Claus himself. This event is free and open to the public.

Solstice Tree Tour

Location: 9401 W. Raspberry Road Anchorage, AK 99502

Date/Time: Dec. 18, 4 - 8 p.m.

In celebration of winter solstice, the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage hosts a tour showcasing the ski-only 2.5-kilometer Mize Loop. Although skiing is encouraged, you can also walk or snowshoe. The tour features festive holiday trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses. Event entree is free and is welcoming to all ages.

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks

Location: 498 W 3rd Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501

Date/Time: Dec. 31, 7 - 9 p.m.

Ending the year of 2022 is the New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks in downtown Anchorage. This event will include the annual fireworks display and an outdoor party featuring live music.

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