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Merry mechanized Christmas set for Downtown Brooklyn

A festive humanoid named Caesar will serve as Santa's robotic little helper during a Christmas tree lighting at MetroTech Commons.


Get ready for the robo elf.

A festive humanoid will help Santa Claus kick off the holiday season on Monday at MetroTech Commons.

Caesar — an acronym for Cellularly Accessible Expressive Semi-Autonomous Robot — and the jolly fat man will throw the switch during the 25th-annual Christmas tree lighting.

The festivities begin at 5 p.m. near the intersection of Jay and Willoughby Sts.

Along with Santa’s high-tech little helper, who was born out of the NYU Mechatronics Lab, performers from Big Apple Circus and the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School will entertain the crowd.

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