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The holiday magic is alive and well in Palmer. We invite you to join us December 8th - 10th for Colony Christmas 2023! Celebrate the holidays as only Palmer, Alaska can! Join with those near and dear in the fun and festivities Colony Christmas has to offer. Horse drawn carriage rides, Parade of Lights, fireworks, multiple craft fairs, and so much more!



Arts & Craft Fairs

We are very excited to be hosting our Arts & Crafts Fairs for Colony Christmas 2023! We will have venue availability at  the Palmer Train Depot and the Mat-Su Borough Gym. Applications will be made available to returning vendors October 2nd, 2023. New vendors will be able to apply on October 16th, 2023.

A current 2023 City of Palmer Business License or Special Event License is required upon confirmation of booth space. For more information on business licenses, check out the City of Palmer Business License web page by clicking here.

Upon receipt of your deposit we will email you a copy of the Vendor Handbook and you will be required to submit the signed signature page.

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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Special Event Entry Forms

Gingerbread House Contest

Cornhole Tournament

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!

2022 Parade of Lights

1st Place Overall

Alaska Job Corps Center

2nd Place Overall

Iron Dog, INC

3rd Place Overall

Backcountry Bike & Ski

Business/Community Service Organization

Alaska Job Corps Center


Mat-Su Equestrians

Children/School Group

Miss Alaska Volunteer Org.

Theme "In the Frosty Air"

Poppy Lane Mercantile

Colony Christmas Gingerbread House Contest


1st   Randi B-R

1st   Repnow Children

2nd Lila F

2nd Abigail H


1st Boaz H

2nd Tatem L


1st Vicky U

2nd AVPH Resident A. Busbey


1st M Dodds

2nd Larson Family

People’s Choice

M. Dodds

Colony Christmas Cookie Contest

Adult Categories:
Best Tasting Cookie | Georgia Barkwood
Best Presentation | Robin Lockwood
Most Creative Cookie | Bryawna Love
Youth Categories:
Best Overall Cookie | Grace Shaw
Best Presentation | Nicholas Dolling
Most Creative | Rosy Fry

Coloring Contest

Lucan McMahan, Age 7
Thanks Lucan for your awesome artwork! For winning our Coloring Contest, Lucan got to push the plunger to start off the fireworks display!

Arctic Olympics

Buddies and Their Elves

Cornhole Tourney

1st Place
The Locals
• Graycen Miller
• Clayton Steer
2nd Place
Maized & Confused
• Robert Schmidt
• Reyes Alvarez

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

2022 Colony Christmas Sponsors

With Special Thanks To...