Milton families laced up their skates on December 9, and converged at John Tonelli Arena for a free Family Fun Skate hosted by Halton Region MPP Indira NaidooHarris. “We’ve been holding this event for about four years now. It’s a celebration of the holiday season – and a time to for friends and family to come together, and take a break from the holiday rush” Indira describes a little boy she met that afternoon who was trying skating for the very first time and says, “I also love to see the kids on the ice!”

Parents diligently bundled up their children, and patiently tied their laces before stepping onto the ice. The air of the arena was crisp and cold – a reminder of the weather to come, despite the milder temperatures in early December. Christmas music played through the overhead speakers as excited families, couples and individuals glided across the ice. Some skaters zipped quickly by, skating backwards, and doing tricks. Others were more uncertain, but determined to move forward. All followed the age-old ice rink etiquette – moving counter clockwise in the By Kaitlyn Patience hosts Family Fun Skate Photographs by Denise Cooperwhite same direction, leaving the centre empty for those wanting to practice and socialize

Mohammed Alhamobouth arrived with his 6-year-old twins Natalie and Ahmad in tow. Both strapped on Disney themed skates – Natalie’s featuring the sisters from Frozen, and Ahmad’s depicting characters from Cars. New to Milton, the twins haven’t had a chance to skate since taking lessons in Mississauga, but heard about the event through their Hawthorne Village School Newsletter.

Baby Caleigh O’Brien stayed in her mother’s arms while Michael O’Brien took 2-year-old daughter Olivia out onto the ice. This outing marked only her second attempt at ice-skating and she was excited to try again. Sarah O’Brien says, “We’re happy the community puts on events like this – and happy to take advantage as the kids grow older!”

Volunteers and greeters were in the festive spirit sporting both elf and santa hats. Board member Mina Bhatt echoes Indira’s sentiments, “It’s nice to bring the community together at this time, and a great way to build that Christmas spirit!”
Photos by: Denise Cooperwhite

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