Just as advertised, last Saturday’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst was “an evening of pure de-light.” Santa Claus arrived to kick of the season, the kids got to enjoy milk and cookies, and shoppers of all ages got to help light the “enchanted tree” with their magic wands.
The lights on the tree sparkle in the night.
The Jolly Old Elf greets the crowd after his arrival, along with City Councilman Danny Dromm, left, mall Director John Scaturro and a couple of helpers.
The crowd’s excitement builds.
Two of the wand-waving kids get right up next to the stage, along with Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Three of the attendees, Amanda Garcia, Marietta Cardenas and 3-year-old Alex Palonegue await the magic tree-lighting moment.
Michaiah Barrett, 9, shows off her wands.
A few of the youngsters in attendance show off their dance moves on stage