Santa comes to Marine Park as Christmas celebrations kick off across Brooklyn

Santa Claus poses with local youngsters at Marine Park.
Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Santa Claus came to town over the weekend, parking his sleigh in Marine Park to ensure the local youngsters get their wish heard.

The Christmas honcho and a few of his reindeer touched down near the Carmine Carro Center at the northern edge of the park, offering a listening session with the neighborhood kids as well as photos.

Over 100 families joined the jolly, jingling courier, according to the nonprofit Marine Park Alliance, a few weeks before he’s set to deliver presents to Brooklyn for its second COVID-era Christmas. One family showed up all dressed in lumberjack garb, the Alliance said.

Santa with a family of lumberjacks.Photo by Arthur de Gaeta
A kid on Santa’s nice list sips hot chocolate.Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

“From all of us at Marine Park Alliance, we hope that this special Saturday helped kick off your Christmas celebrations,” the group posted on social media.

Elsewhere in the borough, the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is lighting its giant Christmas tree at Grand Army Plaza Wednesday night. The new Bishop of Brooklyn, Robert Brennan, will preside over the lighting of 16,000 LED lights on a 27-foot tree in front of the plaza’s famous arch, according to a Diocese spokesperson. The giant tree, which will stand until Jan. 2, will stake its place after the plaza also hosted a giant menorah for Hanukkah.