With an average annual snowfall measured in feet, not inches - as well as being home to wild reindeer, the Northern Lights, the North Pole (and some say even say the real Santa Claus!), Alaska
seems a natural for celebrating Christmas.
DID YOU KNOW? Alaska Christmas fun facts
Anchorage's legendary "Snowzilla".
• 99705 is the "official" ZIP code of Santa. The post office in North Pole, Alaska receives hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa Claus, including from those wanting the town's postmark on their Christmas greeting cards. A community program also responds to letters addressed to 1 Santa Claus Lane.
• People still talk about "Snowzilla", the 22-foot snowman created in an Anchorage neighborhood in 2005. City Hall finally posted a cease-and-desist order in 2008 after the annual holiday attraction resulted in thousands of gawkers and monster traffic jams.
• The Russian Orthodox religion was established throughout Alaska by early missionaries, and today about 70 percent of the faithful are Aleuts and Eskimos. Each year, they continue the Christmas tradition of 'starring,' in which entire villages sing Christmas carols while following a priest carrying a twirling star representing the star of Bethlehem.
More information about Christmas in Alaska around the Web:
Holiday Food and Gift Festival - The annual blowout with information on family-friendly entertainment
including Santa, caroling, food demos and craft vendors, plus details on times, dates and admission prices.