BELLVIEW – Although Santa Claus normally traverses the winter landscape via sled, on Dec. 22, he will be doing so via roller skates.
The Skate-A-Way in Bellview will be hosting the Christmas king that Saturday, inviting kids and families to join him in the rink, with activities taking place throughout the evening.
“Santa will be skating with the kids,” Ashley Ice, one of the owners of Skate-A-Way, said. “We’ll also do a couple different games, we usually do the limbo.”
According to Ice, her fiance and another owner, John Walters, last year's Christmas party at the Skate-A-Way featuring Santa Claus was a success. They decided to bring the event back this year in commemoration of the season and anticipation of Christmas.
“We had a lot of little kids that came last year," Ice said. "They all seemed to have a good time.”
Santa will be joined in the rink by two elves. While he is not making his way around the rink, Santa will be taking time to talk to the kids and allowing them to tell him their Christmas wishes.
“We’ll have a place where parents can take pictures,” Ice said. “We have kids as young as 3 years old, and even some teenagers. It’s for anybody who would want to skate with Santa.”
Other seasonal aspects of Christmas won’t be left out either, according to Ice. The rink will provide some candy and snacks to the kids, and the speakers play Christmas carols.
“We do the whole nine down there,” Ice said. “We put up a Christmas tree and some decorations. We’ll have a nice corner set up for the pictures.”
Normally, the Skate-A-Way also hosts a similar party-style event for New Year’s, but Ice said that may not be the case this year, simply due to some logistical issues. Even so, this Christmas event will be similar to the other parties held at the rink, with the added appearance of Santa Claus.
For Ice and Walters, having this event is a way to provide kids with a different Santa experience, and one where they don’t have to just wait in a line to meet with him for a few minutes. To them, it’s an opportunity to give the community somewhere else to go for this type of Christmas staple.
“A lot of kids don’t get to go to the malls or out to events like that,” Ice said. “So we try to keep it to where young kids can come, babies can come; anybody who would want to see Santa is welcome.”
Skating with Santa takes place from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Skate-A-Way located at 718 Carlone Street in Fairmont. Ice said the standard admission rate of $5 applies, in addition to standard skate rental costs at $1.50 for skates and $3 for blades. For more information on the event or the rink, visit the Skate-A-Way’s Facebook page.
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