Soldotna tree lighting activities begin at 6 p.m. at the CES firehouse

Soldotna festivities to honor troops

Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2006

With so many men and women serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan this Christmas, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has chosen “Support Our Troops” as the theme for its annual Christmas tree lighting celebration this evening.

In addition to a traditionally decorated Christmas tree complete with a star on top, another spruce tree at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Binkley Street will be lit with all yellow lights and adorned with yellow ribbons to commemorate American troops, according to Sylvia Reid, tree lighting planner and Soldotna visitor center coordinator.

In fact, all the trees in the mini-park on the corner will be lighted.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. next to the Central Emergency Services firehouse.

Anyone who knows someone serving in the military may bring a yellow ribbon to tie onto the tree, Reid said.

Santa Claus is expected to arrive by way of a CES fire truck, and children can have their picture taken with him for $1.

During the celebration, scheduled to continue until 7:30 p.m., free dog sled rides will be provided to all who attend, compliments of Seavey’s Ididaride, and the “4 PeninsuLads” barbershop quartet will be singing Christmas songs.

Free refreshments including cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and punch are being sponsored by McDonald’s, Safeway and Kaladi Brothers.

“The weather will be great,” Reid said.

“I hope everybody can make it.”

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek

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