Hot Picks: Holiday Lights, Solstice Torchlight Skate, 'Cirque Dreams'

Lights change hue and move to the music at 6604 Chevigny Street Tuesday December 8, 2009 off Raspberry Road.
Erik Hill
Nina Barlongo warms up her dog Alex Barry and Mingo who belongs to her friend who is skating at Cuddy Family Park on Tuesday December 21, 2010. The Winter Solstice Full Moon Skating Party at the speed skating oval featured music, bonfires, hot chocolate and speed skates to tryout for free.
Bob Hallinen

Holiday Lights Bus Tour and Zoo Lights

See Anchorage's brightest homes from a comfortable motor coach with plenty of refreshments to keep you merry and warm. Tickets are $25 and include the tour, one drink, snacks and on-board entertainment. 7-8:30 p.m. Friday. The bus departs from the Mall at Sears at the corner of Northern Lights Boulevard and Gambell Street. Call or email for tickets: 257-2320 or

The Alaska Zoo will be decorated with lighted displays that are colorful and even animated. You can walk under canopies of light and check out the animals. 5-8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Jan. 5 at the Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Tickets are $7 for non-pass holders and $5 for pass holders. See for details.

Solstice Torchlight Skate

Holiday lights and torches brighten this holiday skating party, and there will also be music and free horse-drawn sleigh rides. 6-8 p.m. Friday, Cuddy Family Midtown Park, 40th Avenue and B Street. Free. Call 349-1318 for details.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze

Got your fill of the traditional holiday theater offerings? "Cirque Dreams: Holidaze" offers a somewhat different take. Watch gingerbread men flipping in midair, toy soldiers marching on thin wires and reindeer soaring high in this acrobatic showcase, Dec. 27 to Dec. 29 at the Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are $35-$84; see for details.

Balboa and Brew

Balboa is one of the first swing dances, created on the Balboa Peninsula during the birth of jazz music in the 1920s. Learn why this is such a well-loved dance this weekend at Tap Root. Cost is $7 for the first class and, if you stick around for the second hour, the total is $10 for both hours. 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Road. (529-9559,