Santa greets kids at the WP&YR rail depot before taking everyone on the "Santa Train." Marsha Columbo

Your 2005 Yuletide Invitation

This year’s Yuletide Weekend will be Friday Dec. 9 to Sunday Dec. 11, with a wine tasting event kicking off the festivities at the Eagles on Thursday Dec. 8. The theme this year is “Feliz Navidad” (Spanish for Merry Christmas), and was inspired by the amazing progress made by the Spanish program at school and by the many adults now learning Spanish on Thursday nights.
This year’s event promises to be even better than before with the highlights including the annual running of the WP&YR Santa Train which is a perennial favorite of children and adults alike (cross your fingers for snow). Santa will be available to visit with every child that wants to get a special word in with him before the train departs. While you are in the depot marvel at the display of amazing quilts made by local residents.
The other major highlight is the Yuletide Ball on the Saturday night and what better way to crank up the winter heat than to dance the night away to the Latin rhythms of Juneau’s favorite salsa band – Salsa Borealis. Before the band plays there will be free salsa lessons from 8-9 p.m. taught by Antonio and Heather who both have many years experience teaching dance, especially salsa.
The weekend is full of other events to keep you busy and having fun. On Friday night there will be the tree lighting with open houses at AB Hall and the NPS Visitor Center. This evening’s events will be highlighted by the free showing of the critically acclaimed documentary “March of the Penguins” at 7 pm. There is the craft fair on Saturday morning and there will be the traditional Holiday Teas on Sunday with this year’s participants being Bob & Jeannine Masciola, John Warder, Jim & Charlotte Jewell, with an open house at the Skagway City Museum.
There is so much to do that you will probably need a holiday from all of the fun you’ll have during the Yuletide Weekend.

To see an updated schedule and to get more information on the weekend’s events visit the Yuletide webpage:

And don’t forget the 50/50 raffle – tickets are only $5 each and only 200 are being printed. This gives you a great opportunity to take home up to $500; what a great way to end the weekend.
Finally, a reminder that Yuletide is made possible by the generous donations from local businesses, fraternal organizations, and individuals. Thank you very much for your support! – Yuletide Committee