More than 300 residents packed the park to see the tree lit up, as well as Christmas carol performances by students from three local schools.
Fourth and fifth graders from PS 14 performed “Winter Wonderland” and “Winter Fantasy,” while middle-school students from Corona Arts and Sciences Academy sang holiday hits like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.”
Finally, carolers from St. Leo Catholic Academy sang “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
The event was sponsored by the Perna Foundation for Kids, the Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Guida Funeral Home, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 150, the Laucella Family, the Queensboro Football Club and District Leader Aridia Espinal.
“It doesn’t feel like Christmas time to me until we flip the light switch in William F. Moore Park,” Councilman Francisco Moya said in a statement. “This tradition is how we start the season in Corona.”