On November 25 through the end of the year, the Alaska State Fair gets lit up with holiday cheer.
The Bright Up the Night event at the fair consists of more than 70 holiday light displays across the fairgrounds. It's the largest drive-through holiday light display in Alaska, and is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season.
From the warmth and safety of your own car, you can proceed about a mile through the fairgrounds from the Purple Gate to the Green Gate to see the amazing displays, which are coordinated to music you can tune in on your car radio. The event has become a holiday tradition in Palmer and promises to be bigger and brighter than ever before.
The annual event begins November 25 on Thursday through Sunday only, but then beginning December 16 daily through January 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.alaskastatefair.org and are on sale now. Personal use vehicles (up to eight people) is $20 before November 24 and $25 after. A van or limo (nine to 20 passengers) is $35 and $40 after November 24, and a motorcoach (21-50 people) is $70 and $75 after November 24. There are a limited number of tickets available for each time slot to ensure everyone can enjoy the light display at their own pace.
Also taking place on the fairgrounds is The Christmas Factory, an interactive holiday experience for kids that includes an hour tour, a meeting with Santa, a visit with Mrs. Claus and a personalized letter to Santa, among other activities. While they are two separate events, The Christmas Factory does offer a 10 percent discount to those who participate in Bright Up the Night.