SKANEATELES — The hottest place in Skaneateles New Year’s Eve was the YMCA & Community Center, where nearly 70 children, teens and adults welcomed in 2018 with crafts, ice skating and games.

Joan Addy, of Genoa, wore a big smile as she watched her four grandchildren slowly skating around the William G. Allyn Ice Arena.

“It’s so fun to watch them. They’re like little Bambis on the ice,” she said.

Most New Year’s Eve celebrations are for adults; Sunday’s event was a way for children to celebrate, Addy said. “It’s their own celebration,” she said.

This was the 14th year for the event held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the YMCA. Each year the celebration attracts about 70 adults and children, said Program Director Sheila Card.

“It’s a time when they can be together and have a good time,” she said.

Holding the event early also allows parents to do something fun with their children before going out to dinner later in the evening, she said.

The Y’s gym was set up with several different games, including a small basketball hoop for toddler-sized players.

A craft center was set up in the core of the Y and a pre-school room held crafts and games for toddlers.

Most people, however, headed for the ice rink, including Auburn cousins Ryshai Ellison, 16, Damien Hearn, 12, and Jsynine McLeod.

Skating is fun, McLeod said, adding “you’ve got to do something active to bring in the new year.”

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