Genna Stormer gives Santa a hug during Christmas Comes to Nikiski at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Dec. 14, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Genna Stormer gives Santa a hug during Christmas Comes to Nikiski at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Dec. 14, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

December brings the holiday cheer

Groups across the peninsula get into the spirit of the season with public events.

December is stocked with holiday events.

The Soldotna Library Friends will host a holiday book and art sale Saturday, with proceeds going toward the Soldotna Public Library programming.

The nonprofit hosts a monthly book sale, but the holiday event will include more items. There will be books, art and baked goods available for purchase.

Barbara Olson, the vice president of the nonprofit Soldotna Library Friends, said the sale will feature array of work, including oil paintings and Alaska-style art. Hardcover books will be $1 and paperbacks will be 25 cents.

“Everything is very reasonable because we’re just trying to recycle (everything) back into the community,” Olson said.

The holiday sale will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Soldotna Public Library.

Nikiski will celebrate the holidays this month with its Christmas Comes to Nikiski event.

Jackie Cason, the recreation supervisor at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center, said it will be nice to get back to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic upturned a number of events in the past two years.

“I am super excited that we’re back to do this and I think the community really needs it,” Cason said. “We always try to add something for kids and families.”

Christmas Comes to Nikiski will feature free photos with Santa, as well as a gingerbread house-making contest. In between events, folks can peruse the artisan fair for holiday gifts.

Among the homemade local products for sale, Cason said, will be watercolor greeting cards, soaps, crocheted goods and jewelry.

“It looks like there is a lot of variety this year,” she said.

Christmas Comes to Nikiski will be at the recreation center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11.

The Nikiski Community Recreation Center will also be hosting a “Great Holiday Cookie Exchange” on Dec. 22 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Cason said. People will be able to sell cookies, test other people’s baked goods and exchange their favorite recipes.

Other holiday events this month include:

Forever Dance Alaska’s “Forever Christmas” holiday showcase at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium this Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A holiday market at the Kalifornsky Christian Center on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Sterling Senior Center Christmas Bazaar on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Soldotna Wednesday Market’s Holiday Cheer Bazaar on Dec. 3, 4, 5 and Dec. 10, 11, 12 at the Old Carrs Mall. The bazaar is open on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

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