Skagway’s Yuletide season has begun and will be going strong throughout the month. In addition to annual favorites like the Santa Train and holiday bazaar, there are new events on the list, too.
Shop in Skagway runs through Dec. 24, encouraging residents to buy their holiday presents from local businesses. Most retailers will be offering specials up until Christmas.
The Klothes Rush gingerbread house contest and display runs through Dec. 14 at the Kone Company on Broadway. Entries can be brought in now, and the display and voting will run Dec. 6-14.
Entries also can be dropped off now for the Grizzly’s General coloring contest display, which also will run Dec. 6-14, at Grizzly’s General Radio Shack on 5th Avenue.
Clay ornament-making workshops will be held Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at Donna Griffard’s studio. Children are welcome, with an accompanying supervisor. All of the ornaments will be ready for use by Dec. 15. To reserve a spot, call 983-3222.
Several events are planned for Dec. 6, starting with an open house and snacks from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the public safety building on 17th Avenue. Next up that day is the Christmas tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. at the National Park Service park at 5th and Broadway, with Santa doing the honors as he comes rolling down Broadway in his special Christmas fire truck.
Then from 6 to 8 p.m., families can head down to the White Pass & Yukon Route Depot to get their photo with St. Nick (bring your own camera)..
Santa will stay in town for another day with the Santa Train rolling on Dec. 7. Riders can show up at 11 a.m., but no later than 11:45 a.m. to get a seat. The free train ride gives kids a chance to meet with Santa and parents an opportunity to see the winter wonderland along the rails.
After the train pulls back into Skagway, head over to the school for the holiday bazaar from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Local artisans and crafters will have their wares on sale for anyone looking for a uniquely Skagway gift.
Also on Dec. 7, Juan Solo will play family-friendly music from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Skagway Brewing Co., and the Happy Endings Saloon will hold its annual Yuletide Ball from 6 to 8 p.m.
On Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the WP&YR Depot, the Skagway Quilters Guild will present its annual quilt and fiber arts show, which showcases some of the best work of the past year.
Also on Dec. 8, the holiday toy swap will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Skagway Library. Bring up to five “gently used” toys to exchange for others.
Skagway’s musically inclined students will get the chance to perform in the annual holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the school. This year’s theme is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
On Dec. 11, people can learn how to identify Skagway’s winter birds, with the session planned for 6 to 7 p.m. at the Skagway Traditional Council.
Christmas carolers can get in a practice session 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church.
If you’re in the mood for the holidays with a little non-traditional music, the Bad Hombres will put on their holiday show at Happy Endings at starting at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
Dec. 13 marks the showing of #thisisskagway photo and video contest at AB Hall. The best shots and videos will be on display from 3 to 5 p.m. A yuletide wine tasting is set for 7 to 9 p.m. that evening at Skagway Brewing Co., with all proceeds to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund, in honor of Danica Taylor.
Anyone interested in participating in Skagway’s annual bird count should meet 8 to 9 a.m. Dec. 14 at Glacier Coffeehouse. That same day, the library will hold a family story time from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Three open houses are planned for 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15: At the chamber of commerce, the library and Skagway Development Corp. The Dahl Memorial Clinic will host an open house 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 18.
People can participate in the tradition of door-to-door Christmas caroling from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18. Meet up at the First Presbyterian Church.
On Dec. 24, stores will be open for those who need to get in last-day shopping. That evening, First Presbyterian will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and there will be a program with Santa Claus at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Hall. Santa will have gifts for children.
On Dec. 26, get in some cross-country skiing at Alderworks in Dyea from noon to 5 p.m. Park in the lot before the West Creek Bridge.