Santa is headed to Wasilla on Dec. 16 for an annual pre-Christmas celebration at Creekside Plaza (1830 Parks Hwy.) in Wasilla. The event includes a chance to chat with St. Nick, while benefiting the local Food Pantry and Salvation Army.

There will also be live pony rides and a petting zoo from 1-4 p.m., along with an ugly sweater contest, prizes, free hot coco, snacks and coffee.

Cookies will be provide courtesy of House of Bread, and Santa will hand out candy canes, along with first-come-first-serve free Christmas socks.

Attendees can earn three tickets for the pony rides by donating a toy (or at least $1) to the Salvation Army. To enjoy the petting zoo, people are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry.

The event includes special deals on last minute shopping from more than 20 local merchants at Creekside Plaza. Click here for more information.

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Santa, pony rides and a petting zoo headed to Mat-Su

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • John J Otness says:

    Santa a deflection of the true gift of CHRIST….. Jumbled spelling of satan…. the deceiver.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      I was just laughing because that is what my mind read first, “Satan.” I am so done with all this evil stuff!

      • John J Otness says:

        But is the evil stuff done with you? Just look around…its real go to Lahaina go to Gaza go to any Dem city…

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Oh no. The evil is not done with me or with all of us until they kill us. But, fear not those who can destroy our bodies because they cannot take our souls that belong to our Heavenly Father.

  • Lucinda says:

    Otness: Like FoH and others here, your inability to reason and instead stick with the impossibility of the supernatural is one of many reasons people are leaving Christianity.

  • Coliseum in the Snow says:

    Every year I am astonished by the awesome brilliance of Christ -Who came as the Light of the world- since, though many may be clueless as to why we decorate with lights, trim a Christmas tree, give gifts or increase our charitable giving, He knows…He knew…and He still touches hearts with peace, joy, light, hope, and generosity every year when His birthday comes around. We are heartened by the lights, the festive gatherings, generous visits from St. Nicholas (aka, Santa), and opportunities to gather with our loved ones to reflect upon God’s blessings upon our families, our state, our nation, and the world. I am grateful for those who celebrate Christmas, even if they haven’t yet glimpsed the full picture of what it’s all about.

    • Gnostic truth says:

      Not actually his birthday, the church moved the date to an early pagan holiday to make it more popular. Just like so many in the church you blindly worship without actually known who or what you’re praying towards.