A winter wonderland greeted Santa and his helpers this year when the Kenai Chamber of Commerce presented their gala Christmas Comes to Kenai on the day after Thanksgiving.
The event has grown over the years to include a full day and evening of activities for local families and visitors, complete with an electric lights parade, old fashioned community Christmas Caroling, bonfire, and a first class fire works display.
Santa received a warm welcome on a cold windy morning in Kenai from children of all ages.
"A great big thanks goes to the Kenai Fire Department for taking such great care of Santa all day and the wonderful bonfire that kept our community warm while waiting for the fireworks show, and the Kenai Police Department for their wonderful assistance with the parade and crowd control.
Bagpiper Taylor Aarnikis of Kasilof delighted those welcoming Christmas to Kenai with traditional sounds of the season.
Thanks to the Kenai Senior Center who provided all he yummy cookies to over 400 people! McDonalds hot chocolate kept tummies warm all day and night. It takes a lot of people to pull off such a fabulous community event and we appreciate everyone who helped and contributed! The Kenai Chamber of Commerce wants to remind everyone that Kenai is a great place to live and do business!" said Kenai Chamber executive director Colleen Canady.
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