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Kids skate with Santa in Eagle River Submitted: 12/16/2018

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EAGLE RIVER - You normally can find Santa at shopping centers, holiday buffets, or of course, delivering presents on Christmas Eve.

But one event brought Santa to a place he doesn't typically go.

Sunday, one mom brought Mr. Claus to the Eagle River Hockey and Sports Arena.

She invited him out on the ice to skate and take pictures with kids.

Jen Hicks says she got Santa there by writing him a letter.


"This is our second year now doing this. I wrote him again a letter this year. He said that he had such a great time last year. So he came back this year again," said Hicks. 

The event raised money for the ice center and the ADM program.

ADM is the American Development Program that helps hockey players of all levels succeed. 

They ended up raising close to $400.

Story By: Adriana Michelle

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