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Nederland Christmas event offers “ice” skating, more

Scenes from Nederland's Christmas on the Avenue

Kennedy Davis, 4, of Nederland, tries out the Hula Hoop during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday. Mary Meaux/The News

Kennedy Davis, 4, of Nederland, tries out the Hula Hoop during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday.
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Charles Meaux Jr. helps his daughter, Josette “Josie” Meaux, 2 1/2, “ice” skate during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday. Mary Meaux/The News

Charles Meaux Jr. helps his daughter, Josette “Josie” Meaux, 2 1/2, “ice” skate during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday.
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Ronnie Irion and his rescue dog, Piper, pose for a photo during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday. Mary Meaux/The News

Ronnie Irion and his rescue dog, Piper, pose for a photo during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday.
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Port Arthur Little Theater cast members from the current production of A Christmas Carol walk the streets of Boston Avenue in Nederland during Christmas on the Avenue on Saturday. Mary Meaux/The News

Port Arthur Little Theater cast members from the current production of A Christmas Carol walk the streets of Boston Avenue in Nederland during Christmas on the Avenue on Saturday.
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Members of the Mexican Heritage Folkloric Dancers perform during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday. Mary Meaux/The News

Members of the Mexican Heritage Folkloric Dancers perform during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday.
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Members of the Mexican Heritage Folkloric Dancers perform during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday. Mary Meaux/The News

Members of the Mexican Heritage Folkloric Dancers perform during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday.
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LoriLens Photography and crew pose with Santa and Mrs. Claus during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday. Mary Meaux/The News

LoriLens Photography and crew pose with Santa and Mrs. Claus during Christmas on the Avenue in Nederland on Saturday.
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NEDERLAND — Southeast Texans had a chance to “ice” skate minus the freezing temperatures in Nederland on Saturday.

Rubber mats covered in white fiberglass made up the skating rink where hundreds of children donned ice skates during Christmas on the Avenue along Boston Avenue.

Quinton Sheffield held hands with daughter Lyssa Sheffield, 9, of Kountz.

“It’s hard,” Lyssa Sheffield said of ice skating.

Jay Cardenas of Nederland took photos from outside the skating rink as son Jude, 5, and daughter, JC, 12, took a spin. Not far away sisters Austyn and Trinity Spain, 2, dressed in festive holiday attire, seemed to have mastered the skating. Ryann Pelter, 2, also took to the ice with the help of mom Ashley Peltier as 4-year-old Reese Peltier skated nearby.

“We come to Christmas on the Avenue every year,” Ashley Peltier said. “This is just the icing on top.”

Boston Avenue was blocked off from traffic where food booths and other vendors hawked their wares. Some families strolled the avenue with pet in tow such as Ronnie Irion whose rescue Chihuahua, Piper, was clad in holiday attire.

Cast members from Port Arthur Little Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol, dressed in character, also strolled the area spreading word of their 2:30 p.m. curtain time on Sunday.

Nederland City Manager Chris Duque and his family strolled the area taking time to ice skate and more.

“We’ve never had this (ice skating) in Nederland before,” Duque said of the new event. “I heard a lot of people in line say their kids have never ice skated before.”

LoriLens Photography was on hand inside the Home E. Nagel Public Safety Building snapping photos of kids sitting on Santa’s lap while down the street there was a petting zoo complete with chickens, turkeys, goats, a tortoise, donkeys and more.

A tree lighting ceremony complete with snow was scheduled for later in the afternoon.

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