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The holiday magic is alive and well in Palmer. We invite you to join us December 9th - 11th for Colony Christmas 2022! Celebrate the holidays as only Palmer, Alaska can! Join with those near and dear in the fun and festivities Colony Christmas has to offer.

Arts & Craft Fairs

We are very excited to be hosting our Arts & Crafts Fairs for Colony Christmas 2022! We will have venue availability at both the Palmer Train Depot and the Mat-Su Borough Gym. Applications will be made available to returning vendors October 3rd, 2022. New vendors will be able to apply on October 17th, 2022.

A current 2022 City of Palmer Business License or Special Event License is required in order to apply. For more information on business licenses, check out the City of Palmer Business License web page by clicking here.

A signed Vendor Handbook [coming soon] is also required in order to submit an application.

If you have any questions about the requirements for this year’s craft fairs, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

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Winner's Circle!

Congratulations to last year's contest winners. Whether they excelled in gingerbread-baking, parade float design, or made the meanest mess of cookies this side of the Matanuska, they deserve the accolades worthy of the Colony Christmas spirit!

2021 Parade of Lights

1st Place Overall

Arctic Farms Horse Stables

2nd Place Overall

AK Solstice Search Dogs

3rd Place Overall

Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center

Business/Community Service Organization

Backcountry Bike & Ski

Family/Friends Category

Ford & Marsan Families

Children/School Group

Amazing Grace Academy

Theme "Hometown Holidays"

Olsen Family

Colony Christmas Gingerbread House Contest


1st   Frontier Studio Design

2nd Peak Boutique


1st Hannah, Hayden, and Kevin Kee

2nd Michele Dodds


1st Paula Giauque

2nd Greg & Kathleen Foxley


1st Timothy Edmundson

2nd Mykennan Rinella Peeps


1st Marilla Johnson

2nd Sadie Smith

People’s Choice

Michele Dodds

Inspired by Havemeister Dairy

Colony Christmas Cookie Contest

Adult Categories:
Santa Cookies | Maggie Kirkpatrick [Ginger Molasses]
Specialty Cookies | Kacie Owens [Blondie]
Gingerbread | Nichole Jost [Wookie Cookies]
Youth Categories:
Santa Cookies | Nic Dolling [Moose & Bear Maple]
Specialty Cookies | Birgitta Barkwood [Butter Beer Cookies]

Coloring Contest

Trey Lindstrom Jr. , Age 9
Thanks Trey for your awesome artwork! For winning our Coloring Contest, Trey got to push the plunger to start off the fireworks display!
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Arctic Olympics

Santa & his Ho-Ho-Ho's
Santa's Sleighers
Down the Chimney

Cornhole Tourney

1st Place
Mother Shuckers
• Michael Chiolerlo
• Maggie Kirkpatrick
2nd Place
Team Worton
• John Moosey
• Brad Hanson

Thank you to all who participated and kept the Holiday spirit alive this year!

Special Events

2021 Official Schedule of Events

The official 2021 Schedule of Events is available to view, download, or print!

When printing, we recommend 11" x 17" paper if available.

Please note that the Schedule is subject to changes as needed, though we will always post the most up-to-date schedule here.

You can also view these events in our online calendar linked at the top of this page!

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Special Event Entry Forms

Gingerbread House Contest

Cornhole Tournament


Parade of Lights & Fireworks Show

The Parade of Lights, powered by MEA will take place on Saturday, December 11th, at 5pm. There will be a fireworks display right after the parade ending, usually around 6:00pm or 6:15pm, depending on the length of the parade!

Applications to the Parade of Lights are available now! Please provide proof of insurance as outlined in the rules page of the application.