A few kids got their hands dirty and into the Christmas spirit in a holiday baking class at the Destin Community Center recently.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 16 kids ages 8 to 14 years old got to learn some baking tips and tricks from Chef Jim Shirah, the head chef at Dewey Destin's on the Harbor.

The students learned how to make several different kinds of treats including sugar cookies, pumpkin pie tarts and macaroon cookie wreaths.

Shirah has been teaching the holiday baking class for years and said it's been cool to see some of the kids grow up and return each year.

Usually, the class is held closer to Christmas, but as a result of this year's school schedule, the Destin Community Center decided to hold it earlier.

"By the time you get to Christmas, it’s so hectic so I’m glad it’s around Thanksgiving this year," Shirah said. "We usually have two separate classes but it just got so stressful that we decided to have one class over the span of two days. We actually get to do more instead of having to rush."

Monday was all about the making and baking of the treats.

"It's all the hard work and fun messy stuff," Shirah said.

But Tuesday was where the students got to be creative and decorate the cookies. While some stuck to the traditional decorating methods, others decided to combine different icing colors or leave off the icing completely.

"It's a lot of fun and I enjoy it," Shirah said. "I have a good group of people helping me out. Nothing would happen without them."