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Waterskiing Santa, A 34-Year Tradition, Returns To Alexandria

Posted on Dec 20,2019
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,

By Emily Leayman

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — A little cold weather doesn't stop one of Alexandria's Christmas traditions: a waterskiing show on the waterfront. Santa and his helpers will return for the 34th year at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24.

The volunteer-run show started in 1986 when the "original" Santa lost a bet and had to water-ski on the Potomac River on Christmas Eve. The idea caught on and turned into a popular show drawing spectators along the waterfront. Local sponsors and dozens of volunteers have kept the show alive since then. If the volunteers aren't bundled up to water-ski on the river, they're driving boats, helping dress characters in their gear and managing radio communications.

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