ROCKPORT — A week before Christmas skate enthusiasts jammed into the Midcoast Recreation Center rink on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 17 to get in the holiday spirit through the mesmerizing athletic and artistic performances of talented younger and older Midcoast ice athletes.

The Midcoast Recreation Center Skate School put on its annual “Celebration on Ice” holiday skating exhibition and skate with Santa.

Intro to Freeskate’s Brielle Davis-Oakes, Emme Felton, Kendra Gladu, Ellen Kunkel, Katherine Kunkel, Madelyn LeBlond, Kaley Lincoln, Riley Overlock and Kinsley Winslow perform to “Candy Cane Lane” by Sia. Photo by Ken Waltz

Under the guidance of Kitrina Patterson, skating director, performers, including a number of school-aged soloists, showcased their hard work and overall talent.

Area skaters start in the US Figure Skating Learn to Skate program, which teaches basic skating skills to children and adults. Many of the local skaters have progress far beyond, and some also participate with the Learn to Skate program as coaches.

Naomi Fisher-Barrett performs to “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Michael Buble. Photo by Ken Waltz

Saturday’s performance included a number of soloists, as well as group performances, and those in the audience had the opportunity to skate with Santa and the performers after the show.

The show program included:

Ice Dance — “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley, performed by Kira Bennett, Timothy Bennett, Naomi Fisher-Barrett, Meg Kivus, Naomi Ouillette and Alison Sylvester.

Alison Sylvester performs to “This Christmas” by Christina Aguilera. Photo by Ken Waltz

“Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me” by Elvis Presley, performed by Keilysmer Arvelo.

“Pat-A-Pan” by The PBD Project, performed by Kendra Glaudu.

Theatre On Ice — “What’s This” by Danny Elfman, performed by Brielle Davis-Oakes, Emme Felton, Madelyn LeBlond, Kaley Lincoln and Samuel Wellman.

Kira Bennett and Kinsley Winslow perform to “Jingle Bell Rock” by Glee. Photo by Ken Waltz

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” by John Legend, performed by Riley Overlock.

“Jingle Bell Rock” by Glee, performed by Kira Bennett and Kinsley Winslow.

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Barnaked Ladies, performed by Timothy Bennett.

“Pat-A-Pan” by The PBD Project, performed by Kendra Glaudu. Photo by Ken Waltz

Adult Basic Skills — “Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You’ ” by Billy Squier, performed by Taylor Ankers, Michelle Hardy and Jennifer Rose.

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Michael Buble, performed by Naomi Fisher-Barrett.

Snowplow Sam — “Sleigh Ride” by Ronettes.

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” by John Legend, performed by Riley Overlock. Photo by Ken Waltz

Advanced Freeskate — “All Alone On Christmas” by Darlene Love, performed by Keilysmer Arvello, Kira Bennet, Timothy Bennett, Naomi Fisher-Barrett, Meg Kivus, Naomi Ouillette and Alison Sylvester.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, performed by Brielle Goldrick and Autumn Skye Quinn.

Intro to Freeskate — “Candy Cane Lane” by Sia, performed by Brielle Davis-Oakes, Emme Felton, Kendra Gladu, Ellen Kunkel, Katherine Kunkel, Madelyn LeBlond, Kaley Lincoln, Riley Overlock and Kinsley Winslow.

“River” by Joni Mitchell, performed by Meg Kivus.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, performed by Brielle Goldrick and Autumn Skye Quinn. Photo by Ken Waltz

“This Christmas by Christina Aguilera, performed by Alison Sylvester.

“Carol Of The Bells” by Trans Siberian Orchestra, performed by Kira Bennett.

Basic Skills — “Run, Run, Rudolph” by Chuck Berry, performed by basic skills classes.