Throggs Neck doesn't let rain dampen its eagerly anticipated annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony

Throggs Neck residents eagerly showed up for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Sunday night despite the wet weather.
The countdown to tradition came to an end as the switch was flipped to welcome the holiday season.
"We've been doing it, oh, almost 20 years now. It's a wonderful. In the beginning, we had a tree lighting and give out candy canes to the kids. It was a small event," recalled Assembly Member Michael Benedetto.
The event featured Christmas carols by the St. Benedict's Choir as well as a special visit from the North Pole by Sata Claus himself.
Each holiday season, local leaders team up with the Throggs Neck Business Improvement District to provide kids with an early present and some warm food from neighborhood restaurants.
"Mother Nature shouldn't be allowed to take our service away from giving children what they deserve for Christmas -- a little food, some toys and a good night out," said Bob Gene, of the Throggs Neck Business Improvement District.