Visit Anchorage: It’s our Big Wild Life

In Adventure, Alaska Travelgram by scott

You know we’re wild about winter! The skiing. The hockey. The arts and culture. That’s just the “Big Wild Life” people that we are.

And the folks whose job it is to tell the world about our wonderful winter city, the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau, changed their name to simply “Visit Anchorage”. “Visit Anchorage instantly identifies our industry and business,” said Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage president & CEO.

Of course, the job remains the same. And with those seven extra syllables, our friends at Visit Anchorage can remind you in one sentence about the lit-up ski trails, the incredible music and theater in our midst, the great restaurants and all the special events during the Holiday Season, including:

a. Curator’s Tour of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Join anthropologist Aron Crowell for a tour of the center, which holds 600 Alaska Native artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. Included with your Anchorage Museum general admission. The tour starts tomorrow (Friday) at 12 Noon. Stick around for half-price appetizers at Muse, the in-house restaurant. They do a great job. And check out the gift shop while you’re at it–with many works from local Alaska artisans.

b. Family Holiday Pops. This is the big event for the Anchorage Concert Chorus on Sun., Dec. 18, 2011. There still are a few tickets left to this popular event. Kids of all ages will have songs, sugarplums and Santa dancing in their heads at the end of this fun-filled afternoon. So much fun, even the Grinch wouldn’t want to miss it! Don’t miss it.

c. Mannheim Steamroller, Dec. 29-30, 2011. The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for more than 25 years. Grammy Award winner Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Don’t miss this holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history! Tickets $49-$69.

d. NECA/IBEW Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration. Bring the family to Town Square in Downtown Anchorage for the NECA/IBEW Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration! Fire and Ice Celebration, featuring fire jugglers, silk acrobats, light show, live music and more! 8 p.m. Fireworks Spectacular.

Explore for more information on activities in and around Anchorage this winter and next summer!!

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