Christmas Comes to Kenai made possible by the community

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Friday was another great day of Christmas Comes to Kenai festivities. This 30-plus year tradition in Kenai has been a success year after year thanks to our dedicated community members.

Although the Kenai Chamber of Commerce is responsible for hosting this event, it is truly made possible by the folks in our community. From cookies and hot chocolate to our volunteer Santa Claus, there is a galore of donations and volunteer support put into this event and we couldn't do it without them.

Special thanks to Tim Navarre for volunteering as our Santa Claus again this year; our elves from Holly Boyle and Heidi George's Kenai Middle School leadership class; Anita Necessary and Laura Bookey for distributing cookies and hot chocolate; McDonald's for donating hot chocolate; The Senior Connection, Funky Monkey, Charlotte's Restaurant, and Country Foods for donating cookies; Peterkin Distributors for donating Santa's candy canes; Merrill Sikorski for taking photos, Board of Directors for volunteer support; Kenai Fire and Police Departments; FireArt by Griz; Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center; City of Kenai; and all of our parade entrants and their dedication to decorating elaborate floats to correspond with our "Christmas in the Last Frontier" theme: SOAR International Ministeries, Kenai Central High School Drumline, Budget Rental Car, Cold Stone Creamery, Kenai Senior Center, Alaska Nurse's Association, Kenai Kennel Club, Kenai Fire Department, Lighthouse Community Church, and Lowe's of Kenai.

Due to Polaroid discontinuing their camera and film that popped out immediately from the camera, we had to change our Santa photo procedures this year. Photos with Santa are available online at through Dec. 15th. They will be removed from the site after this date and available by request through our office.

Thank you again to everyone involved in this year's event. It was a great success and we couldn't have done it without you.

Tina Baldridge,

Executive Director

Kenai Chamber of Commerce

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