North Bergen’s 24th annual Winterfest returned to Bergenline Avenue, between 76th and 85th Streets, last night, bringing rides, activities – and of course Santa Claus – for families to enjoy. Sponsored content.Â
“It just has been a growing event: in the beginning it only had two choruses, a couple of activities and a small parade. It now grew into one that stretches from 76th Street all the way up to the library, around 85th Street,” explained State Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco.
“So it’s really a growing event and every year it gets bigger and I expect thousands of people here enjoying themselves.”
Members of the North Bergen Police Department’s Motorcycle Squad, the North Bergen High School Band, school choruses, Frosty the Snowman, Santa’s elves and a number of other characters and young township residents joined the parade portion of the event – which lasted until around 10 p.m.
Prior to the beginning of the parade, Sacco and numerous other elected officials, including the township commissioners and Assembly members Vincent Prieto and Angelica Jimenez (D-32), took pictures and filmed a video for an annual holiday commercial at the library.
Sacco said that this is part of the North Bergen tradition of spreading holiday cheer.
“We began to make a video with this and … this is the beginning of the video. We also do a little postcard downstairs. A video, Facebook postcard, and a still. So we do two different scenes and tie them into the holiday season as best we can.”
Other attractions that caught the attention of young patrons including a snow globe-themed photo booth, carnival-style games and moon bounces.