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The moment everyone was waiting for at the 8th annual Tree
Lighting ceremony at Queens Center Mall.
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Brianna Deputy, 4, is on Santa's Nice List.
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Children got to show their dancing skills.
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A splendid time was guaranteed for all as Queens revelers got an
early start on the holidays.
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The Queens Center mall was bubbling over with excitement on
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Two guests count down to the magic moment.
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Host Johnny Hines, right, invited children on stage to provide
some of the entertainment.
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Children crowd the stage, waving the magic wands they would use
to help light the giant tree.
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Maya Salles, 2, and her mother Melissa, relax on the dance floor
during the tree lighting ceremonies.
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:00 pm
Updated: 1:13 pm, Thu Dec 1, 2011.
Shoppers and visitors at Queens Center mall got an early start
on the holidays last week at its 8th annual tree lighting
Audience participation was actively encouraged among the
hundreds of children of all ages in attendance.
The festivities were replete with holiday music and songs,
dancing, activities and refreshments.
Even Santa Claus took time out from his busy holiday schedule at
the North Pole to drop by and visit with the children.
Early arrivals received magic wands that they waved during the
countdown, and then used to help light the giant tree.
The magic moment came at 6 p.m., with the tree coming alive with
thousands of lights and decorations.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:00 pm.
Updated: 1:13 pm.