Holiday honchos light MetroTech Christmas tree

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A holiday extravaganza at Metrotech Center in 2019.
Photo by Todd Maisel

Dozens of Brooklynites flocked to the MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday night for the annual Christmas tree lighting extravaganza — featuring a special appearance from Santa Claus himself! 

Festive revlers watched in awe as Saint Nick propelled down from the end of a fire truck ladder to entertain the gathered youth — before holiday honchos lit up the 30-foot tree in bright lights, spreading holiday cheer throughout the pedestrianized walkway. 

Santa Claus arrived via fire truck at the MetroTech tree lighting.Photo by Todd Maisel

Attendees were also treated to a marvelous display of live ice carving by New York-based artists from the Okamoto Studio, who etched sculptures of bears, rabbits, reindeer, and more — which will remain in the Commons throughout the holiday season.

Bundled-up locals chowed down donuts and sipped hot chocolate while listening to lively samba-reggae drum performances by musicians from Batalá New York. 

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Okamoto Studio created sculptures of animals from ice.Photo by Todd Maisel

Locals can visit the massive tree — and the surrounding Christmas decor — at the center of the MetroTech Commons until New Years, according to reps with Brookfield Properties, who maintain the Commons.