The annual Light Up Brookhaven event attracted hundreds to Blackburn Park on Nov. 29 to watch the lighting of the city’s new 40-foot tall Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah.

Santa Claus made a dramatic appearance as promised by city officials, flying in on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta helicopter that landed in the park’s baseball field. CHOA is currently building out a massive medical campus in the city at the North Druid Hills Road and I-85 interchange where it plans to build a new $1.3 billion hospital.

The event included live reindeer, food trucks, arts and crafts and Girl Scouts selling hot chocolate and giving away free s’mores.

Photos by Phil Mosier.

Hundreds of people gathered at Blackburn Park on Nov. 29 to view the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah.

Students in the Montgomery Elementary School choir performed holiday songs at Light Up Brookhaven.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta donated use of its helicopter, an emergency medical transport, to fly in Santa to Light Up Brookhaven. The helicopter landed in Blackburn Park’s baseball field.

Santa Claus, portrayed by Parks and Recreation Director Brian Borden, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta helicopter pilot Joe Burns were greeted by Elf Raquel McClendon, a Parks and Recreation Department employee.

An arts and craft area for children to make holiday decorations was set up as part of Light Up Brookhaven.

An arts and crafts area was set up for children to make holiday decorations.

Cassandra Bryant, director of the Lynwood Recreation Center, is lit up by the city’s Christmas tree.

Brookhaven Police Officer Pimentel takes pictures of families with Santa.

Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and CHOA’s mascots, Hope and Will, flipped the switch to light the city’s 40-foot tall Christmas tree.

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