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VIDEO: Santa and his helpers go water skiing on Potomac River in Christmas tradition

Posted at 11:20 AM, Dec 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-25 14:05:04-05

On Christmas Eve, Santa and his helpers water-skied along the Potomac River shore as they have every year since 1986.

The tradition began more than 30 years ago when a man lost a bet to friends and agreed to water-ski in a Santa suit, according to the event's webpage.

Santa, alongside elves, reindeer and even the Grinch, waved as they skied past onlookers, occasionally performing flips and tricks.

Video courtesy of WJLA-TV .