Skating season returns

Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich offers free ice skating on Dec. 17

Chantelle Tearoe hands out candy canes during a Winter Wonderland skate at Panorama Recreation Centre last holiday season.

Start the season with a free Winter Wonderland skate at Panorama.

The North Saanich recreation centre is offering free admission, thanks to Viking Air, for the first of the festive skates, on Dec. 17.

“It’s getting quite popular,” said Martine King, assistant community recreation co-ordinator. “A lot of seniors might shy away from attending a public skate or bringing their grandchildren because of the cost.”

Skates run from Dec. 17 to 26 (excluding Dec. 25) in Arena A, which is decked out with trees, lights, and all manner of holiday paraphernalia for public rentals and drop-in skating.

“It’s really nice when it’s all decorated up – it’s quite festive,” King said.

Santa makes an appearance at the Winter Carnival 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dec. 21 skate.

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