Holiday skating show back at Galactic Ice

Galactic Ice in Lakemont is resurrecting its annual holiday-on-ice program this season and will feature its advanced student who just passed a senior-level figure-skating test.

“Christmas Presents, Past and Future” is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door, with children 6 and younger admitted for free.

Claysburg-Kimmel High School senior Hunter Evans, 17, who passed her senior ladies moves test in Pittsburgh last week, will be the featured attraction.

Other figure skaters will perform intricate group numbers choreographed to enhance the festive music, said John Kauffman, club skating director at Galactic and Evans’ long-time coach.

Spectators also will be entertained by “little tots who have just learned how to skate,” as well as experienced skaters, including hockey players in a mini-hockey game, he said.

“It’s going to be nostalgic, whimsical and fun,” he said, noting that more than 75 costumed skaters from the Altoona Trackers Youth Hockey, the Altoona Area Youth Hockey Association, and the Lakemont Figure Skating Club will participate.

The previously annual skating show was on hiatus while Kauffman, a native of Roaring Spring, spent three years in Iceland through 2015 coaching that country’s national figure skating team. He and Hunter spent the last year working together toward her taking the figure-skating test.

“We’re bringing back some of the skits and acts from the very first holiday-on-ice show here in 2000 that the audience enjoyed so much,” Kauffman said. “There will be many exciting acts from new and upcoming skaters as well.”

Mirror Life Writer Cherie Hicks is at 949-7030.