The Christmas tree lighting ceremony took place on Friday in Memorial Square, delighting locals with dance performances, Christmas carols, hot apple cider, and, of course, a visit from Santa, who came riding into town on a red fire engine.
Families, friends, and neighbors showed up for the celebration, an annual tradition for over 15 years.
“The way we feel about Maspeth, we want to pass that on to them,” said O’Kane.
Agnieszka Kwiatkowska came out to enjoy the festivities with two of her daughters. Paula, 12, loved the dance performances and Julia, 7, was dazzled by the lighting of the tree.
“This was a very good reason for the community to come together and celebrate. This is a very friendly neighborhood,” said Kwiatkowska, a Maspeth resident for 13 years.
But out of all the fun things that happen in Memorial Square, what’s the best part?
“When Santa comes,” laughed Ken Rudzewick, president of Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, a major sponsor of the event.
Dozens of squealing children seemed to agree as they swarmed the man in the white beard, who couldn’t pull candy canes out of his sack fast enough.