Christmas festivities for vagabonders

Christmas only comes around once a year, but North Pole, Alaska celebrates it year-round. Located only 10 miles from Alaska’s second-largest city of Fairbanks, North Pole is in the Christmas spirit 365 days a year. Which is a good thing, because the lowest recorded winter temperature in North Pole was -78 Farenheit! Temperatures like that make a summer wonderland sound a little more impressive.

For those hearty souls willing to brave the winter weather (Christmas day forecast: only -10!), North Pole is celebrating Christmas in Ice until the end of December. This ice sculpture festival features incredible ice art, a children’s play area with equipment crafted solely from ice and snow, an outdoor family play area, and other festivities to get visitors in the holiday spirit.

The Christmas in Ice photo and video gallery shows every step of the ice sculpture process, from harvesting the ice for carving to the ice artists at work to the impressive finished creations.

If you happen to be spending the day in interior Alaska, admission is free on Christmas. The ice park will be open through the end of December, with special events on some days.

If a trip to Alaska is not on the agenda for the next week, stateside travelers can check out these fantastic light displays within the continental United States and the Travel Channel’s “Most Christmasy Places in America”.

If venturing out is not an option for Christmas this year, Yuletide revelers can enjoy these home light displays set to music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Merry Christmas and happy vagabonding!

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