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Annual public skate at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 6 benefits Toys for Tots

Annual public skate at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 6 benefits Toys for Tots
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From a press release:

The Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre will open its doors for public ice skating on Tuesday, Dec. 6 for the 13th annual Toys for Tots Open Skate, presented by Utz in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

Mohegan Sun Arena (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.) will also be hosting a holiday-themed open house for the first time featuring a self-guided tour of the venue with surprises at each stop, plus photos with Santa and a chance to win a luxury suite to a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game.

Anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy or making a $5 contribution to Toys for Tots is permitted to participate in the open skate. The open house is free for all guests.

This is the only day throughout the year that the public is allowed to skate on the ice at Mohegan Sun Arena, home to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Patrons must bring their own skates to participate in the Open Skate. Mohegan Sun Arena will not have skates on site for rent, and all guests that will be going on to the ice will need to be wearing skates.

Skate rentals are available at the Toyota SportsPlex Community Ice Rink (38 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre) for $3 per pair starting at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5. There are a limited number of skate rentals available. Proper photo ID and a credit card must be presented to rent skates. All skates must be returned to the Toyota SportsPlex within 24 hours of the open skate.

The holiday festivities will run from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Complimentary snacks and gifts will be available for guests courtesy of Utz Snack Foods and NBT Bank while supplies last.

All guests in attendance will have the opportunity to win some great prizes while at the event, including tickets to select Mohegan Sun Arena events like a club seat for a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game, Disney on Ice, Monster Jam, the Harlem Globetrotters, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources, our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

The Mohegan Sun Arena is owned by the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority and managed by SMG.