TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Hundreds of residents and visitors met at Patriot Park in Tarrytown Saturday for the village's 12th annual Christmas Tree lighting in the park venue.
Tarrytown Recreation Department Supervisor Joe Arduino officiated at the lighting ceremony in front of a crowd that began arriving 40 minutes before the switch was flipped on the evergreen full of blue lights.
"We'll get a big crowd," Arduino said. "And we'll have music out here before the tree is lit with the Tappan Zee Bridgemen (brass quartet) then a guest in a red suit will arrive. It's a perfect night for the lighting -- a little snow would be nice."
The Tappan Zee Bridgemen played several holiday tunes, the tree was lighted just after 5 p.m. and then Santa Claus arrived on a Tarrytown fire truck to the delight of the children and the adults in the park.
"It's a very nice event for the village," Melanie Stewart said. "I live in White Plains but I came here the last two years with my children."
Once Santa has arrived, he led the crowd to the Tarrytown Library for refreshments and more music.