The traditional day after Thanksgiving "Christmas Comes to Kenai" celebration will draw thousands of families to the All American City for a day of holiday festivities. Last year, even with the rain and spring like temperatures, people turned out in huge numbers from as far away as Anchorage, Seward and Homer for the electric lights parade and fireworks display. "Don't plan to be anywhere but in Kenai on the day after Thanksgiving because we've got an exclusive date with Santa Clause to arrive by fire truck with lights goin' and sirens blowin' to meet all the kiddos at the old Gary Kings building across from the Chamber log cabin," said an excited Colleen Canady, executive director for the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. According to Canady Santa should be arriving at 11:30am a top the "Red Nosed Fire Truck." There will also be the Village of Trees display along with lots of cookies and hot chocolate to keep everyone toasty while waiting to sit on the Jolly ol' Elf's lap.
It wouldn't be the day after Thanksgiving in Kenai without an electric lights parade, "It's our ninth annual electric light parade and the line up will start at 5:30pm at the Kenai Senior Center, we have some outstanding entries this year and the parade will start at 6:00pm and go down Frontage Road this year ending up at the Chamber Cabin where we'll have a bonfire and a Christmas caroling sing-a-long led by the Kenai Performers Victorian Carolers and immediately following our caroling, there will be the greatest fireworks display ever," added Canady. Following the parade the floats will be on display at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center parking lot. For more information contact the Kenai Chamber at 283-7989.
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