The Santa Train once again will be on tap for Yuletide weekend, but the fun starts on Dec. 3 and 4 with the school play, "A Christmas Carol.

Your invitation to Yuletide 2004: ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

Once again, the holiday season is upon us and it is looking to be another exciting and fun-filled time for everyone in Skagway!
This year’s theme is “It’s A Wonderful Life” and to help us celebrate we would like to show pictures from you highlighting your wonderful life here in Skagway. These can be old or new, color or black and white, digital or prints. These photos will be part of the Yuletide Ball. Photos can be submitted at the Skaguay News Depot, the Skagway Recreation Center, via e-mail to, or you can contact Kristin Wilkinson at 723-1703. Please mark the photos with your name and phone number on the back so that she can return them to you.
Skagway’s 11th annual Yuletide Ball will be here in less than three weeks, but the celebration’s spectacular kickoff this year will be the Skagway Drama Club’s performance of “A Christmas Carol.” I’ve been privileged to watch this production from the first day lines were read to now, with only 10 days to go. It is truly amazing to see 30-plus children, young adults, and adults come together and bring to life my most memorable Christmas story of all time. There are two evening performances, Dec. 3-4 at the school (see times in White Pass ad).
On Saturday, Dec. 4 the Eastern Star will have their annual Craft Sale at the Masonic Temple from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. You will not want to miss out on the crocheted doilies or the incredible pies they make. Since the first Yuletide, and I am sure even before, they have been accredited for bringing together “a large audience” so don’t be late.
On Wednesday, Dec. 8, the Skagway Recreation Center (SRC) will be hosting the second annual “Yuletide Salutations” beginning at 7 p.m. in the yoga studio. Together we will perform 108 Ashtanga based Surya Nama Ska (sun salutations) with live drumming by some of our very talented local residents.
On Thursday Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Alaska Liquor Store and the Eagles will host a wine tasting in the Eagles Hall’s Dead Horse room. Tickets are being sold for $10 per person at the Eagles, the Liquor Store, and from your favorite Yuletide volunteer. Proceeds from the door will go to the Yuletide Fund 2004.
Friday, Dec. 10 will begin our Yuletide weekend. Many of your favorite local merchants will be hosting Open Houses 4-5:30 p.m. Klothes Rush will again hold their annual Gingerbread House Contest. There will be prizes awarded to the first three places in an adult and children’s category. If you are interested in building a gingerbread house stop by the Klothes Rush and they will give you a free bag of candy to get you started. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday. Don’t forget the annual “Shop in Skagway” promotion that is sponsored by the Skagway Chamber. The drawing will be held at the Yuletide Ball.
On Friday night, Skagway’s Community Carolers will lead us in Christmas music beginning at 5:30 p.m. at 5th and Broadway. Let’s all be on our best behavior because I heard a special guest will arrive to help us light up our Christmas Tree! Follow the carolers through town and to the NPS Visitor Center for their annual open house, and when you arrive have some of their famous hot apple cider. “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be shown on full screen at the NPS Visitor Center Theater at 7 p.m.. This classic is a must see for the entire family.
On Saturday, Dec. 11, Skagway City School will be the host again this year for the annual Yuletide Craft Sale and carnival. If you are interested in renting a table leave a message for Jo Trozzo at the school.
This weekend would not be complete with out the annual Santa Train. Santa will arrive at WP&YR depot at 12 noon. The train will depart immediately after Santa has seen all the children. While you are there, take time to view all the beautiful artwork our local quilters have made. Quilts will be on display at the depot until 3 p.m. We can’t forget about the third annual Pool Tournament at the Pizza Station! Stop by and shoot some pool and wish the newlyweds congratulations.
The Yuletide Ball will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday evening with Children’s/Family Hour. Robert Murphy, the Community Carolers and the Skagway City School Choir will lead us in several Christmas jingles. Dottie DeMark’s piano students will play their favorite pieces for us to enjoy. The Helen B. Clark Community Service Award and the Shop in Skagway Raffle winners will also be announced.
Come join with your children and grandchildren and enjoy food and fare sponsored by the WP&YR, and then stick around and dance to the 30s and 40s music of FleetStreet. We are very lucky to have this six piece band from Juneau. They perform jazz standards and blues as well as contemporary fare including original compositions.
Once again the SRC will be hosting this years Yuletide Ball, so please be sure to check the December schedule for changes made to accommodate the celebration. In addition, since there is a “Swing” band this year, take advantage of the dance videos we have to learn some new steps to show off at the party on Saturday night. Videos are available to use in the yoga studio whenever there is not a yoga class in session.
On Sunday, Dec. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. several gracious families have invited us in to join them for a Holiday Tea and Conversation. If you are new to town or not take this time to visit these homes and families and share in “Our Wonderful Life in Skagway.”
The SRC is also hosting a “Holiday Skate” for all ages on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. This is free to everyone in the community! The SRC has a limited supply of rollerblades, so if you have your own, please bring them. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served to help keep your energy up, so come listen to Christmas music and visit with friends and family while doing a healthy and fun activity.
Finally, the Yuletide Committee is hosting another 50/50 this year, thanks to the Eagles Auxiliary. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You can purchase your tickets from Scott Logan, Marsha Columbo, Lara Labesky, or Dimitra Lavrakas. We will be selling them at the Elks wine tasting on Dec. 9, and the Yuletide Ball on Dec. 11 as well. The drawing will be held at the Christmas Eve Program at the Eagles on Dec. 24.
Come participate in the celebration honoring our “Wonderful Life” in Skagway, Alaska and get involved with the festivities we have planned for this years holiday season! – Yuletide Committee, Teresa Brown, chair



Friday, Dec. 10
1:00-4:00 pm Skagway Museum presents “Alaska Positive 2004” photo exhibit (also Sat. & Sun.)

4:00-5:30 pm Skagway Merchant Open Houses

5:30-6:30 pm Christmas Tree Lighting at 5th & Broadway (or Eagles if weather bad), with Community Carolers and SANTA!!!

6:00-7:00 pm Open House at NPS Visitor Center

7:00-9:00 pm Free Movie: “It’s a Wonderful Life" at NPS Visitor Center Theatre (2nd & Broadway)

Saturday, Dec. 11
All Day Gingerbread House Judging at The Klothes Rush

9:00-11:30 am Craft Carnival, at Skagway School

12 Noon Arrival of Santa • WP&YR Depot. Santa Train will depart immediately after Santa has seen all the children

12 Noon Quilting Exhibit at WP&YR Depot.

1:00 pm Cribbage at the Eagles

3:00 pm Pool Tournament at Pizza Station

7:00 pm-1:00 am YULETIDE DANCE at Skagway Rec. Center, 13th & Main • $5 per person (children and seniors free) • Food and refreshments sponsored by White Pass & Yukon Route • Join us for:
7:00 pm Children’s Music w/Robert Murphy, Community Choir & Ms. DeMark’s piano students
8:00 pm Helen B. Clark Award Presentation sponsored by Skagway News and Chamber of Commerce “Shop in Skagway” Raffle Drawings
8:30 pm Yuletide Ball begins with Live Music by Fleet Street, playing 30s to 40s to present day music with a great selection of Christmas songs.

Sunday, Dec. 12
9:00 am Elks’ Steak & Eggs Breakfast

1:00-4:00 pm Holiday Home Teas at:
• Dave and Jeanne Vogel - 11th & Alaska
• Scott Logan - end of Liarsville Road
• Donna Snyder - 6th & Alaska

1:00-3:00 pm Holiday Skate (ice or rollerblade) with hot chocolate at the Skagway Rec. Center