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Yuletide arboreal illumination in Gravesend • Brooklyn Paper

Yuletide arboreal illumination in Gravesend

Naughty or nice?: State Sen. Marty Golden has a twinkle in his eye as he sits on Santa’s lap at the Lady Moody Triangle tree lighting in Gravesend on Dec. 4.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

The Christmas spirit is brightening up the neighborhood!

The annual Christmas tree lighting at the Lady Moody Triangle in Gravesend on Dec. 4 featured seasonal songs and holiday dance routines. The celebration was the perfect way to kick off the winter season and spread Christmas cheer, said one elected official who attended the celebration.

Santa’s helper: Santa receives a big hug from Kanvel Butt.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

“The Christmas tree lighting was great way to usher in the holiday spirit here in our community,” said state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge).

Students from PS 95 sang Christmas classics and showed off their dance moves while the crowd sipped on hot chocolate, and cheerleaders from IS 228 David A. Boody spread Christmas cheer.

Drink up: Christiana Thompson sips on her piping hot chocolate.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

But no Christmas celebration is complete without jolly old St. Nick, and Santa Claus jetted from the North Pole to celebrate the winter festivities with the community.

Golden said the red-suited hero was the reason the night was so magical.

Singing sensations: The PS 95 chorus sing Christmas songs for the crowd.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

“I felt the true excitement of the season among us all — and I know that the special visit from Santa Claus had something to do with it,” said Golden, who gleefully licked a candy cane while seated on Santa’s lap.

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle‌@cngl‌ocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.

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