by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor Despite a light drizzle and loss of its signature evergreen, hundreds of people gathered to help Woodhaven welcome the holiday seasons last Friday night with carols, Christmas characters and Santa Claus hats. The community also joined to light its menorah and a tree donned with multicolored lights. Typically, the neighborhood lights a 40-foot evergreen that rose at the site, but that tree was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29 A fake stand-in was used this year and a permanent one will be planted next year. The tree-lighting ceremony was sponsored by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, and funded through the business owners of Jamaica Avenue.
The Christmas characters Frosty the Snowman, the Christmas Rabbit and the Christmas Mouse join the fun.
Woodhaven BID Executive Director Maria Thomson greets the crowd.
Woodhaven’s youngest wait for Santa Claus.
The tree illuminated.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus wave to the crowd.