North Bergen transformed a portion of Bergenline Avenue between 76th and 85th Streets into Dr. Seuss’ Whoville for their 29th annual Winterfest last week.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The festivities began as usual with a parade down Bergenline Avenue and featured family-friendly music, activities, games, food, and of course a visit from Santa Claus.
“Every year we make this night special for all of the children and their families, and it wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous help of our incredible police officers, Township staff including members of the DPW, and other volunteers who help us bring joy and happiness to our residents,” state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco said in a statement.
“I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday, and a very happy new year!”
Sacco was joined by Township Commissioners Allen Pascual, Hugo Cabrera, Claudia Rodriguez, Anthony Vainieri, as well as Hudson County Commissioner Robert Baselice (D-8), Assemblyman-elect Julio Marenco, and Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari.
Furthermore, Mr. and Mrs. Claus were joined by a plethora of other characters including Cindy Lou Who, Barbie & Ken, the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and the Abominable Snowman, among many others, to meet and greet the children in attendance.
Winterfest takes place on Bergenline Avenue between 76th and 85th streets and has grown in size each year since its inception in 1994.
Among other things, this year’s event featured food from local restaurants, performances from the chorus groups from each of the township’s public schools, free photos with the Clauses, and other entertainment including multiple bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, soccer darts, ice skating, and much more.
This event is supported by the township, the Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation, local businesses, and countless volunteers.