River Cities light up for the Holidays

Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2002

At the White House in Washington D.C., President Bush did the ceremonial lighting of the national Christmas Tree, and here in the twin river cities of Kenai and Soldotna the celebration of community Christmas tree lighting is getting larger every year.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Kenai Mayor John Williams threw the switch before a huge crowd at the Kenai Chamber Log Cabin. Last week Soldotna Mayor David Carey with a patriotic flare lit up Parker Park in Soldotna, as Santa Clause rode in a sleigh pulled, not by reindeer, but by two nice half linger draft horses from C&C Stables.

The lack of snow called for a little holiday magic for Santa and the C&C Sleigh. The kind of magic that comes from the end of a welding rod, the C&C Sleigh has been customized with wheels under it's runners, "It' been especially helpful this year, but also Soldotna does such a good job cleaning its streets, my Teflon runners were wearing out pretty fast on the city streets with all the calcium and sand, so we put some wheels on and now we get around really well and it's easier on the horses too," said Connie Davis. While Santa will be hooking his sleigh up to his team of reindeer shortly, Connie and the C&C Sleigh will be around all winter for family rides and community parties.

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