Nome kicks off the holiday season with a Christmas Extravaganza that brings the community together in celebration at Old St. Joe’s Hall. One of the first churches in Nome, Old St. Joe’s Catholic Church first opened during the Christmas season of 1901. Now a civic center, and an historic landmark, Old St. Joe’s remains a special place for holiday gatherings in this small but festive community.
The Christmas Extravaganza, a holiday tradition since 1997, is highly anticipated each year. Come early for a seat, and you’ll know why “There’s No Place Like Nome for the Holidays.” It seems the entire community gathers here to enjoy the beautifully decorated hall and local musicians – from students playing the steel drums to small groups singing carols. A visit from Santa himself (and often one of his live reindeer) caps off the evening, to the delight of both young and old.
The Christmas Extravaganza is usually the second Thursday in December. Check with the Nome Visitors Center for this year’s details.