Christmas in July: Help the Anchorage Concert Association give away tickets

For every ticket to The Nutcracker purchased in July, ACA will give one to a family in need

Anchorage, AK – Anchorage Concert Association’s presentation of The Nutcracker every Thanksgiving weekend is an annual tradition for many families, and this July, people have an opportunity to extend that tradition to others who may need a little help this holiday season. For every ticket to The Nutcracker purchased from July 10 (when tickets go on sale) to July 31, the Anchorage Concert Association will give away a ticket to someone who would love to see The Nutcracker but couldn’t otherwise be able to attend.

“The Nutcracker is about the magic and wonderment of being a child and embodies the spirit of Christmas. We want as many people as possible to experience that magic,” said Laura Carpenter, marketing director for the Anchorage Concert Association. “Our goal for Christmas in July is to give away 200 tickets. Will you help us do that?”

The Nutcracker, Nov. 24-26, in the Atwood Concert Hall, features Eugene Ballet Company, live music from the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and Alaska dancers coordinated by Alaska Dance Theatre. Anchorage Concert Association’s presentation of this treasured ballet has been taking Anchorage audiences to the Land of the Sweets for almost 30 years.

ConocoPhillips sponsors The Nutcracker and also supports a community dress rehearsal for clients of social service agencies in Anchorage. Last year, about 1,500 people enjoyed this fantastical masterpiece for free thanks to support from ConocoPhillips. “This presentation of the Nutcracker offers young local dancers a unique chance to perform alongside professionals, while providing an opportunity to bring this classic holiday ballet to people who might otherwise never get to experience this tradition,” said Portia Babcock, Director Community Investment and Public Affairs for ConocoPhillips Alaska. “We are delighted to support this great community event and excited about the opportunity for more people to be able to join.”

Christmas in July: How it works

  1. Buy a ticket to The Nutcracker through the CenterTix box office or as part of an Anchorage Concert Association subscription (three or more shows in the season).
  2. For every Nutcracker ticket purchased from July 10-31, Anchorage Concert Association will give one ticket away.
  3. Anchorage Concert Association will work with community partners to select recipients. If you would like to nominate a family to receive tickets, please email Laura Carpenter by Sept. 15.
  4. Tickets will be distributed early November.

Not able to see the show but still want to help? Donate to the Anchorage Concert Association and support our vision to create a more vibrant and enriched community through the arts.

Also going on sale July 10 are tickets to Melissa Etheridge and Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA. Tickets to the remainder of Anchorage Concert Association 2017/2018 shows go on sale Aug. 21 through the CenterTix box office (907-263-ARTS) and Subscriptions of three or more shows currently are available. People can subscribe online at, in person at the Anchorage Concert Association office, 430 W 7th Ave Suite 200, and by calling 907-272-1471. Packages start at $80.


The Anchorage Concert Association is the largest arts and entertainment presenter in Alaska. With a mission to inspire and enhance community through the performing arts, the Anchorage Concert Association presents internationally acclaimed artists, from big Broadway musicals to indie bands.

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