Fairbanks: Ice, art, fireworks, northern lights, MORE!

In Adventure, Destination, Fairbanks by scott


Do you want a real winter experience? Isn’t it time you headed north to Fairbanks? Here are some great events coming up in the Golden Heart CityFAI2

a. Part of the fun going to Fairbanks is riding the TRAIN! Northbound trains leave on Saturday. The southbound trains run on Sundays. So ride one way and fly the other! In February and March, the railroad is adding some mid-week trains. I’ve done the trip on the “Aurora Train”. It’s great!

b. CHRISTMAS IN ICE. These Christmas-themed sculptures feature local and international artists. It runs from Nov. 14-Jan. 6, 2015 in North Pole. LEARN MORE!

c. World Ice Art Championships. The folks at Ice Alaska have an entire PARK devoted to this annual festival.Feel free to stop by during the daytime, when you can see the artists working with their specialized tools on the ice. But the REAL action is at night, when the LED lights bring the ice to life. Kids’ Park, ice mazes…it’s a Fairbanks tradition. Feb. 23-Mar. 22, 2015.

d. Winter Solstice Celebration! Downtown Fairbanks comes alive on Solstice – December 21 – the day that heralds the return of the light. Featuring fireworks that can’t be seen in the summer time, musical and artistic events downtown, and shopping for made in Alaska items. View holiday decorations and light posts enamored with charming, lit-up snowflakes. 

GET your winter travel guide NOW!

e.  See the northern lights! Aurora season runs through April 21. There are plenty of places around Fairbanks to see the northern lights: bed & breakfasts, lodges and even well maintained, plowed pull outs along highways. Check the winter travel guide for contact info on tours to HUNT the wonderful northern lights!dog-mushingr-300x224

Heck, you can even MUSH a dog team under the northern lights (with 1st Alaska Outdoor School)! Pictured, left.

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