Santa listens to the wishes of good boys & girls during the annual Christmas Come to Kenai celebration the day after Thanksgiving.
The annual after Thanksgiving Day holiday kick-off known as Christmas comes to Kenai, sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce was another great success this year. According to Janie Odgers, Chamber executive director, partnering this year with the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau allowed the 400 some kids, parents, and grandparents who lined to have a chat with Santa to stay warm and toasty. "The line started forming around 11:00am a half an hour before Santa's scheduled arrival aboard the Kenai Fire Truck, we had two girl scout troops who worked all day directing traffic to Santa," said Odgers.
Hundreds of children, parents and grandparents lined up to visit Santa at the Kenai Visitor & Cultural Center on the day after Thanksgiving.
Everyone waiting was also treated to hot cocoa from McDonalds and cookies baked at the Kenai Senior Center. "Barry Eldridge kept running back and forth to keep us supplied, the seniors baked 500 for us and Safeway came through with another 300 and Peterkin Distributing supplied us with all the candy canes," said Odgers. It was a tired but jolly Santa that climbed back aboard the Kenai Fire Department ladder truck to finish off the electric light parade which was coordinated and judged by the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Club. Following the parade thousands of eyes turned to the mild evening sky for a zinging fireworks spectacular display presented by Fire Art by Griz in cooperation with the Kenai Fire Department and Fire Marshall James Baisden.
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