Under the watchful eye of Kenai Mayor John Williams, four children flipped the switch Monday turning on the Christmas lights in Leif Hansen Memorial Park, propelling the city into the upcoming holiday season.
Called the Village of Lights, Kenai's annual celebration is a joint project of the city and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and is a prelude to Kenai's Electric Light Parade, a part of the Christmas Comes to Kenai event, which will take place Nov. 28.
Approximately 20 people took the bite off a chilly wind by sipping hot chocolate served by the chamber in the park's gazebo, which was lighted with tiny white icicle lights hanging from the roof.
A dozen spruce trees and a few ornamental deciduous trees were strung with lights and a polar bear figure and Christmas tree shape added to the light display.
In a brief speech before the lights were turned on, Williams offered thanks to the chamber, city Parks and Recreation Director Bob Frates and city crews responsible for putting up the lights in the park and on street light poles throughout the city.
In addition to the warming beverage, the chamber also provided holiday-decorated cookies to all who took part in the 20-minute lighting event.
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