Around 300 people gathered at Bode Ice Arena on Saturday morning to take part in the annual Mayor’s Christmas Party.

The event brought St. Joseph citizens to the ice rink where they were able to watch a performance by the Griffon Gliders, win door prizes from Mayor Bill McMurray and skate with Santa Claus. According to the ice arena’s program director, Christine Feuerbacher, the event is a time to get into the holiday spirit with the community.

“We just think it’s a great time for us to be able to invite everyone from the community in to be here with the mayor and have Santa here,” Feuerbacher said. “We always try to get donations from the community, and we’ve had so much success with that. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, all the small businesses that donated financially to help. It’s just amazing that they give.”

Along with the fun in the rink, Bode also gave away a free meal and some goodie bags.

“We’ve had lots of people tell us that sometimes this is part of the only Christmas that they get,” Feuerbacher said. “So it kind of kicks off the season and allows people to just make great memories and skate and have fun.”

Along with the party on Saturday morning, the ice arena also planned to host a Christmas show featuring the Griffon Gliders and St. Joseph Figure Skating Club at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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