Anchorage’s tour of trees honors winter solstice

January 8, 2018 by  

Thousands of Anchorage residents of all ages recently turned out to celebrate winter at the Solstice Tour of Trees.

This is the second year for the event, which is held to raise money for the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA). The event was held at Kincaid Park, where people wandered the trails as they looked at trees. The Christmas trees were decorated by local businesses, and then taken to the park.

One tree, a five-footer, was completely covered with poinsettias, while another was covered in bow ties and ornaments. It seemed traditional until visitors saw the legs of a skier sticking out of the tree. Another tree was full of musical instruments, while the Grinch was busy dragging still another away.

NSAA’s Tamra Kornfield said that some people came to see the trees who had never been to the park before. Kincaid Park covers more than 1,500 acres, and offers miles of trails that people use winter and summer, for activities varying from cross-country skiing to hiking. The Mize Loop is one popular trek, and the trees were displayed beside this trail. Visitors were invited to pick up a jingle bell, and then drop it in a jar in front of their favorite tree. The tree that got the most jingle bells was named the winner.

Events like this can be even more entertaining if organizers use seasonal banners to decorate the venue. Sturdy banners work especially well outdoors.