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‘Holiday On Ice’ Show

Free event showcases town skating talent

The Town of Oyster Bay’s Holiday on Ice Show, which has become a holiday tradition for town residents, will again be presented at the Town of Ice Bay Center in Bethpage. The popular show, now in its fourth year, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but in keeping with “the season of giving,” those attending the show are asked to bring two non-perishable food items to the show, which will be collected by Island Harvest, an organization committed to ending hunger on Long Island.

“‘Holiday On Ice ‘ is an event that our residents eagerly look forward to each year, and I am delighted that our town’s residents and their families will once again be able to enjoy this special presentation,” said Councilman Chris Coschignano. “Some of the finest skaters in the nation will be performing and showcasing their talent.” The supervisor added that students of the town’s figure skating program will also be performing.

In addition to the figure skating, there will be other holiday themed activities for guests to enjoy, including a friendly hockey game between the Elves and the Reindeer, two teams with players from the town’s ‘Tot Hockey’ team. The Ice Skating Center will also feature a pro shop for shoppers seeking a gift for hockey fans on their lists. There is also a fireplace for visitors to spend a relaxing moment and perhaps enjoying refreshments from the snack bar.  “Imagine the enjoyment a family will have watching a holiday show, and then enjoying hot chocolate while sitting by a fireplace,” said Coschignano. “This is a great family, holiday, event and admission is free.”

Also returning for this year’s event is the biggest star of the holiday season – Santa. Children may visit with the jolly man in the red suit and even take a picture with him following the show. The town will also, once again, take part in the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Program. Holiday greeting cards will be available in the lobby for guests to fill out, which will be sent to our troops.

“At this time of the year, when many are giving thanks for all the good things that are in their lives, we should also take a moment to show our appreciation and gratitude to the brave men and women who are protecting our freedom, both at home and throughout the world,” Coschignano said. “A touching card from home will certainly brighten their holidays. Hopefully, everyone who comes to the show will fill out a card to show appreciation for those who serve our nation.” There will also be a tribute, in memoriam, to Linda Cozzi, who designed figure skating outfits. Skaters will perform in honor of Linda, who was well respected in the figure skating community.

The Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center is located on Stewart Avenue in Bethpage. Due to the “Holiday on Ice” show, the public skating session at the center, which is normally held from 6 to 8 p.m., will not be held that evening. However, the town’s two outdoor rinks, located at Marjorie R. Post Community Park in Massapequa and at Syosset-Woodbury Park will be open. More information about the event is available by calling 433-RINK (7465) or at  www.oysterbaytown.com.