For those that have opted to stay in-state for the holidays, take a quick trip to downtown Eagle River for the Merry Merchant Munch. "It's a festive open house for one to two days," says Susan Gorski, executive director of the Chugiak Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.
"Businesses, organizations, and offices decorate for the holidays and set out munchies, which is why we call it the Merry Merchant Munch." Teams of judges will visit each participating location, enjoy a munchie, and award ribbons and plaques in such categories as Home Town Elegance and Festivus Favorite.
In addition, either the Chugiak or Eagle River high school choir visits each participating location and sings.
On Friday night at 5:30 p.m., the celebration centers in Eagle River's Town Square Park (11924 Business Boulevard) for Winter Wonderland. "It's a huge event," Gorski says. "This year we have all eight elementary school choirs singing. Santa and his real reindeer will come at 7 p.m. with a torch parade, and he will help light the Christmas tree." Some of our organizations set...