Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The annual Juneau Gallery Walk was Friday through Saturday.
Gina Morris, Director of the Downtown Business Association (DBA) helped organize Gallery Walk.
She said how rewarding it was to see everyone come out and celebrate together Friday night.
"It makes my heart swell honestly to see the turnout of the Juneau community to support the businesses that are owned by other local folks. Families coming and celebrating together and getting a chance to go in places that they love and maybe someplace new they hadn't been before. There is so much going on downtown and there's new things happening all the time, and there's always something new to discover as well as your tried and true favorites. I thought it was wonderful. The turnout was amazing, the energy was so positive and jolly and festive. Everybody really made the effort to come downtown, walk around and check out multiple businesses and support everybody that is doing great work in downtown Juneau."
Morris commented on Saturday's activities.
"We got a couple of events around town in the Senate mall here with Parks and Rec getting the candy cane hunt started and I'm doing some free face paintings sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. There are two other art activities happening at the Alaska State Museum and the JAHC."
She also compared 2022's Gallery Walk to the last two years with restrictions.
"Very exciting, there's a sense of rekindled joy for something that people really missed during those two years. Really full streets, walking around, getting around town on the trolley."
Morris said that the DBA is already planning new ideas for next winter.
"We want to continue next year with a few key things that draw folks outside but really encourages people to move in and out of businesses and that supports the over 50 events. We just want to make it even better next year to see how we can meet the demand of folks that want to come celebrate Gallery Walk with us."
This year, the holiday trolley was back at three different locations around downtown, along with CBJ offering free parking for Gallery Walk.
Below: Morris at the Senate Mall's face painting booth.