While you can’t tell by the weather, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Central Peninsula.
Most of Soldotna’s holiday street ornaments made it up before Thanksgiving this year. But according to Soldotna City Manager, Tom Boedeker, it had nothing to do with getting an early jump on the Christmas season, “It all depends on the weather, they can go up anytime the week before or the week after Thanksgiving. The colorful street banners come down in the fall as the weather starts to change. After that first snow the spring-like break gave us some time, so the guys got started. You just never know what the weather is going to do, so this year we made it before Thanksgiving,” said Boedeker.
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual tree lighting ceremonies at Central Emergency Services in Soldotna on December 1st. In addition to photos with Santa, cookies, cocoa and dog sled rides were also part of the agenda for the evening.
In Kenai, over one hundred children were lined up and waiting for their chance to greet Santa on the popular day after Thanksgiving “Christmas Comes to Kenai” celebration.
For the fourth year in a row, ‘elves’ from Girl Scout Troop 623 helped to serve hot cocoa and cookies for the event, which was hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Kenai Convention and Visitor’s Center. The evening included the annual Electric Light Parade and culminated with a fireworks display that lit up the nighttime sky.
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