MAT-SU — There’s an array of holiday themed event planned across the Valley this coming weeks. Below is among those on the local holiday calendar.
Santa Cop Wrapping Party
The annual Santa Cop Wrap Up Party is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mat-Su Senior Services Center in Palmer. The Santa Cop & Heroes Program already rounded up the presents to give to seniors across the Valley on Christmas Day. Volunteers will wrap the gifts on Saturday. The community is invited to wrap presents with free music and snacks provided.
“They were happy that we’re just sitting there talking to them. The gifts were an extra bonus,” founder Donna Anthony said.
Seniors who are 60 years old and live alone instantly qualify for this program. The mission is to send any kind of first responder to lone seniors to provide emotional support along with gifts and companionship on Christmas Day, according to Anthony.
The Santa Cop & Heroes Program partnered with the Christmas Friendship Dinner about five years ago and they help deliver warm meals to seniors in the Santa Cops & Heroes program.
“They take our list and make sure it’s delivered to their house and it’s a warm meal. We want to make sure they have a warm meal on Christmas,” Anthony said.
To donate, register a senior for the program, or to sponsor a senior see santacop.net.
For more information about the Christmas Friendship Dinner on Christmas Day at the Menard Sports Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., see christmasfriendshipdinner.org.
Holly Jolly Christmas on Ice
On Saturday, locals can attend the Holly Jolly Christmas on Ice show at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla for free. The event goes from 2 to 4 p.m., and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also be there. Anyone who stays after can also skate the rink for free. The event will feature the Menard’s Learn to Skate Program participants and guest figure skating soloists. There will also be free hot cocoa and treats.
Xmas Storytime & Crafts
On Sunday, Black Birch Books is hosting its Xmas Storytime and Crafts event at its store in Wasilla. From 2 to 4 p.m., families are encouraged to bring their young children to listen to Christmas stories with free hot chocolate and sweets, and get crafty with craft time. Craft time costs $5 and attendees can make custom ornaments for their trees back home.
“Need some good Christmas story and craft time? We’ve got you covered,” according to a post on the store’s Facebook page. “It’s just in time for those special holiday gifts made from your sweet young ones to us older ones who will never throw them away, no matter what they turn out like!”
Brett Memorial Ice Arena Annual Holiday Ice Show
On Saturday, Dec. 22, the Brett Ice Arena is hosting its annual holiday show, starting at 7 p.m. This year’s show is Frozen on Ice, a live production adapted from the Disney movie “Frozen.” Admission is one can of nonperishable food for the Mat-Su Food Bank. There will be free treats and free family skate time following the show.
“This will be a great event for the entire family!” according to a post on the arena’s Facebook page. For more information, call 907-861-7690.
On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22 and 23, the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry is hosting its Yuletide Bazaar filled with unique, handmade gifts for the holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 3800 Museum Drive in Wasilla. For more information, call 907-376-1211.
Santa Fly in, Biker Elves Toy Drive & Santa Claus is flying to town
On Saturday, Dec. 22, Denali Harley-Davidson, Heli Alaska, Inc. and the Biker Elves are teaming up again for the annual Santa Fly In event at the Denali Harley shop from 12 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to bring new and unwrapped toys and to bring their kids for free helicopter rides with Santa Claus. Note: Helicopter rides require parent’s approval. Plus, Santa’s reindeer will be there.
For more information, call 907-373-3366.