Each December just before Christmas, the area's most talented young figure skaters — accompanied by plenty of holiday spirit, cheer and music — combine to light the rink in the Midcoast Recreation Center Skating School's annual "Celebration on Ice."

That celebration happened again on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 15 with 14 performances and time after the show for the public to skate with Santa.

Kitrina Patterson, MRC skating director, said the skaters started in the US Figure Skating Learn to Skate program, which teaches basic skating skills to children and adults, but many of progressed far beyond that.

Of course, many of the teenage skaters have advanced to higher levels and demonstrated that on Saturday with solo or combination performances.

Watch video and see more than 130 photos below.

The show's program included:

Advanced FreeSkate — Kira Bennett, Hannah Graves, Taylor Hodgdon, Juliette Landry, Lillian Nelson and Claire Wyman performed to "Jingle Bell Rock" by Rascal Flatts.

Intro to FreeSkate — Timothy Bennett, Amelia Mills, Naomi Ouillette, Alison Sylvester and Lily Wood performed to "Mele Kalikimaka" by Jimmy Buffett.

Claudia Fox performed to "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt.

Snowplow Sam — "Let It Snow" by Dean Martin.

Kira Bennett and Meg Kivus performed to "Sleigh Ride" by The Ronettes.

Lillian Nelson performed to "Canon in D" by The O'Neill Brothers Group.

Taylor Hodgdon performed to "Carol of the Bells" by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Synchro: Kira Bennett, Timothy Bennett, Lydia Butler, Meg Kivus, Amelia Mills, Cara Rothwell, Burke Sabatini and Lily Wood perform to "March of the Toys" by the Babes in Toyland Orchestra.

Hannah Graves performed to "I am the Grinch" by Tyler, The Creater.

Theatre On Ice: Kira Bennett, Timonty Bennett, Lydia Butler, Nataleann Gore, Meg Kivus, Hayley Orne, Mia Matos, Amelia Mills, Cara Rothwell, Burke Sabatini, Alison Sylvester and Lily Wood performed to "You're a Mean One Mister Grinch" by Thurl Ravenscroft.

Emie Wood performed to "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson.

Taylor Hodgdon, Lillian Nelson and Claire Wyman performed to "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Amy Grant.

Basic Skills: "12 Days of Christmas" by Kids Songs.

Lexi Tinch was listed in the show program to perform to "Thank God It's Christmas" by Queen, but did not.

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