The borough took an hour off from storms, election results and the economy on Saturday to kick off the start of the 2012 holiday season with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at the Queens Center mall.
Families and children, hundreds of people of all ages, celebrated with lights, confetti, music and dancing, and even a stopover by Santa on break from his planning at the North Pole.
— Michael Gannon
Twin brothers Tomas and Iker Ervity meet Santa, who paid an early visit to the Queens Center mall from the North Pole on Saturday.
The best seat in the house.
Crowds celebrated the season in style Saturday at the annual tree lighting at Queens Center mall.
Mya Browne, 8, was the first one to sit down with the big guy.
Lights, confetti, action!
“ ... in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.”
Kiara Robinson and Rosila Isaac hop up on stage and wow the hundreds in the crowd of families.
The perfect way to top off a holiday snack.
SSSH! Don’t tell Mayor Bloomberg, but Santa brought milk and cookies for all the good little girls and boys on his nice list, who seemed to be pretty much everyone in attendance.