Night four of KTVA's 7 Nights of Lights is at the Alaska Botanical Garden and its first Holiday Lights in the Garden.

The program goes from 5–8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 29 to Dec. 29, plus New Year's Eve.

Families gather to admire the bright displays of holiday lights while they stargaze, drink hot chocolate, roast marshmallows around the bonfire or participate in arts and crafts projects. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Kids 4-years-old and younger get in free.

In addition to the holiday light displays, the Alaska Botanical Garden is offering various activities each evening:


Thursday nights are for guided stargazing. Each week from 6-7:30 p.m. NASA Solar System Ambassador Timothy Taber, along with personnel from the University of Alaska Anchorage Planetarium, lead the sessions and even use telescopes when weather permits.

Upcoming Thursday event:

Dec. 27: Stargazing with Timothy Taber from 6-7:30 p.m.


Warm up on Friday evenings with Chugach Chocolate's hot cocoa and roast marshmallows around a bonfire. Some evenings feature live music by artists like Turnagain Blues who performed Dec. 7.

Upcoming Friday events:

Dec. 21: No live music; enjoy the lights with a cup of Chugach Chocolate's hot chocolate and roast marshmallows by the fire.

Dec. 28: Live music featuring Leigh Ann from 5-6 p.m. and Jennie Morris from 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Saturdays are for arts and crafts. From gingerbread house contests to decorating holiday ornaments, Holiday Lights is a chance to get the creative juices flowing in a festive atmosphere.

Upcoming Saturday events:

  • Dec. 22: Do a glow in the dark scavenger hunt
  • Dec. 29: Decorate a mug. Bring a plain mug to decorate and Alaska Botanical Garden will provide the supplies.

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