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There is no question that autumn is here. As the air turns crisp and Alaskans watch the Westmark Anchorage Hotel exteriorleaves start to fall, preparations for the first snow of the year and the winter season begin. And, you know what winter means – holiday shopping! Book your stay now at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel, conveniently located within walking distance or just a short drive from all the exciting holiday festivities. Craft fairs and festivals provide plenty of options for anyone who is ready to get a jump-start on the holiday season.

So grab your calendar and notepad right now, start making a list of everyone you need to buy for this year and let’s go shopping!

28th Annual Holiday Food and Gift Festival
Saturday, November 7, 2015 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, November 8, 2015 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center

Lines to have your picture taken with Santa just get longer as we get closer to Christmas. So take your kids out to Anchorage’s Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center for the Holiday Food and Gift Festival, and snap a photo with Santa before the crowds get too crazy. Browse an amazing collection of imported and Alaska-made arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, gourmet food and so much more. There are no entry fees for this great family event, which offers plenty of options for mom and dad as well as the kids.

gifts from the Anchorage Annual Holiday Food and Gift Festival

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono /

37th Annual Arts & Crafts Emporium
Saturday, November 21, 2015 (10:00AM to 6:00PM) and Sunday, November 22, 2015 (11:00AM to 5:00PM) at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center

With more than 15,000 people in attendance and spanning two days, the Arts & Crafts Emporium is the 49th state’s largest Alaska-made products show. For more than three decades, the Arts & Crafts Emporium has strived to impress the Anchorage community and visitors alike with a winter holiday show featuring Alaska-made arts and crafts sold by their creators.

gifts from the Anchorage Annual Arts and Crafts Emporium

Image courtesy of Michal Marcol /

Anchorage Museum’s Crafts Weekend
Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29

Browse top-quality offerings from local artists and vendors as you beat the holiday rush at one of Anchorage’s premier juried crafts events. See a wide selection of jewelry, pottery, glass, woodworking and wearable art. Featuring more than 50 Alaska artists, you’ll find a variety of items that catch your eye. Open at 10 a.m. daily, the craft fair is the ideal place to do a little Black Friday shopping and is only a few blocks from the Westmark Anchorage Hotel & Conference Center.