Talk about horse power!
Santa Claus parked his sleigh and two bona fide reindeers in the middle of Downtown’s MetroTech Commons on Monday when he flew in to attend the office complex’s annual tree lighting ceremony, delighting visitors who said they were even more impressed with Father Christmas’s ride than the jolly fat man himself.
“I’ve always wanted to see a reindeer, and I finally saw one,” said Renee Joseph, who has worked at MetroTech for more than two years.
Santa was joined by a cavalcade of singers, dancers, clowns, firefighters, pols, and Nets players who all gathered below the giant arbor to celebrate its illumination.
This year’s show went off without a hitch — a sharp contrast from last year’s tree-lighting ceremony, which was plagued by foul weather, creating an infamously slippery stage for performers.
“We tried to come last year, but it was sleeting and people were falling on stage, so this is our second year trying,” said Whitney Radia, who came to the lighting with her 3-year-old daughter Radia.
The show kicked off with the Grammy-award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who sang a few carols in the frigid December air, followed up by a dance routine courtesy of local dance crew Dancewave, who worked up a sweat in festive holiday sweaters.
Borough president Adams made an appearance, along with Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigra, and Nets ballers Thaddeus Young and Chris McCollough.
Afterwards, Santa climbed aboard a nearby fire truck and travlled up on a cherry picker to the tree, where he officially inaugurated the holiday season by turning the lights on.
And kids — the most important and discerning tree-lighting critics — gave the spectacle their thumbs up.
“They had a wonderful time,” said Downtown worker Stacey Spears, who brought her 6-year-old kids Siobhan and Brandon.