Santa Claus skates at Coon Rapids Ice Center

Santa Claus took time out from his toy-making at the North Pole to stop by the Coon Rapids Ice Center Sunday evening and show off another talent – ice skating.

Santa (Mayor Tim Howe) made a guest appearance at the third annual holiday outdoor figure skating exhibition and Skate with Santa event, hosted by the city’s ice center.

Santa Claus greeted children when he arrived at the Coon Rapids Ice Center Sunday evening.

Santa Claus greeted children when he arrived at the Coon Rapids Ice Center Sunday evening.

Before Santa arrived in style in a large Coon Rapids Fire Department ladder truck, members of the Coon Rapids Skating Academy presented a figure skating exhibition on the ice center’s outdoor refrigerated rink.

Temperatures hovered around zero as the skaters showed off their figure skating skills watched by a few hardy souls who ventured outside the arena, but many more who saw the show from inside the ice center through windows of upper floor rooms.

Skaters who performed included Sarah Gihl, Stephanie Lindberg, Mckenzie Mohlencamp, Callie Niemann, Maddie Anderla, Jenna Gott, Brianna Raabolle, Emily Holloway, Celeste Moe, Sophia Reitzel, Leah Treml, Alexandra Krueger, Katelyn Barker, Karen Li, Nikki Turnquist, Bridget Gihl, Kaitlyn Larson, Sophia Miller, Riley Shore, Alice Fripp, McKenna Shoberg and Lily Zieg.

In addition, the skating academy’s Emerging Stars group kicked off the show. Members were Annalee Anderson, Emma Balan, Alisha Hamel, Sydney Holloway, Lauren Li, Paige Lossing, Celeste Moe, Sophia Reitzel, Olivia Simpson, Maisie Stover, Paige Tedrow and Morgan Wallin.

Santa arrived in the fire truck wearing his skates, greeting children as he entered the ice center and having his photo taken with them.

Then Santa took to the ice with both adults and children for two hours of open skating, which was free for children five and under and also for people who brought a toy donation.

Otherwise, admission was $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

There was also a coloring contest for kids with prizes.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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