For the second year in a row, the Alaska State Fair is the place to be in December for dazzling holiday light displays.

All year, the grounds crew and gardeners at the Alaska State Fair create amazing topiaries that are on display throughout the fair in late August and early September. Those topiaries take on a different look come December, as the crew builds on their summertime creations with a bevy of white and colored lights. In addition to many topiaries on the fairgrounds, many of the buildings have light displays this year as well.

Last year was the first year the event was held at the fairgrounds, and this year's event promises to be even bigger and better. Several new topiaries, such as the gardeners from 2015 and the bees featured in Pioneer Plaza during this year's fair, are being decorated.

The light display begins on Dec. 2 and is open from 4-9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Christmas. Visitors are encouraged to enter the Alaska State Fair through the Green Gate, follow the directional signage on the grounds to see all of the displays, and then exit the Red Gate. The event is also part of the Colony Christmas celebration in downtown Palmer Dec. 9-11.

For more information about the Bright Up the Night event, visit the Alaska State Fair's web site at