Christmas holiday season ushers into town

The first weekend of December is historically the official start of the holiday season in Cordova, beginning with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1 in front of the Cordova Chamber of Commerce.

The festivities were led by Santa Claus, who arrived via a sleigh pulled by a fire engine, and escorted by the local volunteer fire department. The bright, flashing lights, and shrieking sirens got everyone’s attention as the big guy in red showed up to schmooze with the kids and flip the magic switch that brings the holiday magic to Main Street.

Following the lighting of the holiday tree, residents made their way a couple of blocks up the street to Mt. Eccles Elementary School, for the Cordova Parks and Recreation Department’s holiday bazaar, another annual Cordova tradition.

This year vendors showcased over 30 tables featuring a array of artisan crafts, photographic works, clothing, original art, chocolates, driftwood furniture, homemade treats and truffles, jewelry, hand sewn furs, and much more.

The festivities continued through 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

Local businesses also kept their doors open late, many until 9 p.m., as part of the weekly Moonlight Madness event which takes place every Friday night until Christmas.

Happy holidays, Cordova!

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Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson is a staff writer and photographer for The Cordova Times. She has been writing in one form or another for 30-plus years and has had a longstanding relationship with The Cordova Times starting in 1989. She's been an Alaskan since 1976 and first moved to Cordova in 1978. She's lived in various West Texas towns; in Denver, Colorado; in McGrath, Cordova, Galena, Kodiak, Wasilla, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska and in Bangalore, India. She has two children and three grandchildren. She can be reached at or follow her on Instagram @alaskatoindia.