BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Downtown Berkeley Heights will be transformed into a holiday wonderland for one magical evening on Saturday, December 3 to kick off the holiday season in grand fashion with tree lighting, firework show and the second annual Winter Walk.
The evening begins at Peppertown Park at the corner of Plainfield and Sherman avenues at 5 p.m. with musical entertainment while awaiting Santa's arrival at the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department's Special Events Tree Lighting and Fireworks show -- immediately followed by the second annual Winter Walk that includes a schedule of entertainment, fun attractions and give aways for the whole family to enjoy.
After the popularity of last year's inaugural Winter Walk, event coordinators Bobbie Peer, Cheri Pertisis and Hilary Froehlich brought the Berkeley Heights Business Community together to build on the success from last year's event. The Winter Walk is a way for Berkeley Heights businesses to give back and bring the community together to socialize with neighbors and visit downtown -- bringing positive energy and excitement to town.
Through the generous support of event presenting sponsors The Connell Company, Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights and Grain & Cane Bar & Table along with the many other business sponsors and participants (listed below), the Winter Walk will offer food, attractions and entertainment that includes a synthetic ice rink (skates available), two horse drawn carriages, trolley rides, live reindeer, life size snow globe, entertainment trailer, Grain & Cane Bar & Table Food Truck, Beer Garden and grab and go food in parking lot of Delicious Heights..... and much more. A map of participants, attractions and raffles will be available at the event, as well as on the mobile friendly Berkeley Heights Winter Walk website.
Springfield Avenue between Snyder and Plainfield avenues and Sherman Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 4 p.m. the day of the event for a more pedestrian friendly atmosphere. Additional parking will be available at Columbia Middle School with trolley service that will run between the school to Peppertown Park to transport people to the festivities.
Come for the memories, stay for the fun!
Artificial Ice Rink at Peak Medical, 492 Springfield Ave. with GL Hockey Team slap shot game and craft
Beer Garden and Grab and Go Food, Face Painting and Balloon Characters at Delicious Heights, 428 Springfield Ave.
Bounce House and Espresso Bar with Hot Chocolate and Goodies at Suburban Optik, 369 Springfield Ave (Participating businesses from 308-312 Springfield Ave.: DeFabio Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Sports Rehab, David C. Bendash, Attorney at Law, GRA Architects, Inc. M&M Car Service & Taxi, The Body Shop, Personal Training Balish Dental & Med Spa, and Allstate Insurance Lori Cicali and Taylor Rental)
Bounce House and Massage at Massage Envy, 402 Springfield Ave.
Build a Snowman and visit with Princess Elsa Live!! at Berkeley Hardware & Paint, 593 Springfield Ave.
Candy at Bottle & Bottega, 472 Springfield Ave.
Cotton Candy and Hair Bling at Feathers II, 505 Springfield Ave.
Cookies at Investors Bank, 441 Springfield Ave.
Cookies and Candy Canes at Berkeley Cleaners, 376 Springfield Ave.
Cookie Decorating at Pearly Whites, 515 Springfield Ave.
DJ Brandon Koch at The Tee Bag, 413 Springfield Ave.
Dog Adoption and Choir at Home for Good Dog Rescue, 465 Springfield Ave.
Dog Obedience Club at Peppertown Park
Entertainment Schedule at the Peppertown Park Stage:
5 to 5:30 Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts
5:30 Tree Lighting followed by Firework Display
6 to 6:30 Union Village Bell Choir
6:30 to 7 Gov. Livingston Marching Band
7 to 7:30 Pure Movement Dance Center
7:30 to 8 Gov. Livingston Guitar Club
8 to 8:30 Gov. Livingston Choir
Face Painting at East Asian Fusion, 408 Springfield Ave.
Food Truck - Grain & Cane Bar & Table, Corner of Summit and Springfield Avenues - The food truck’s cuisine will offer a sneak preview of some of the items that will become classic staples of the fabric that will be Grain & Cane Bar & Table. Look for amazing custom grind burgers, tasty street seafood with a fresh innovative twist, like their shrimp corndog, blue point Po Boy made with corn dusted fried oyster or their Bacon von braunhunt lobster roll.
Football Games with Gabriele Fitness at 7-Eleven, 417 Springfield Ave.
Free Donut with Beverage Purchase at Dunkin Donuts, 384 Springfield Ave.
Guitarist John Carlini at Giovanni's Bistro Bar & Catering, 449 Springfield Ave. (Call for reservations (908) 464-6464)
Horse and Carriage Rides at Peppertown Park (corner of Sherman and Plainfield Avenues) and Berkeley Heights Post Office
Hot Cider by Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights at Peppertown Park
Hot Cocoa by Smith Chiropractic/Suburban Chamber of Commerce at Peppertown Park
Hot Cocoa by DiMaios, 468 Springfield Ave.
Hot Pretzels by ReMax Integrity Advantage, 501 Springfield Ave.
Letters to Santa with the Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad at Post Office
LIVE Reindeer with Yukon Cornelius at J. Michael's Jewelers, 370 Springfield Ave.
Madison Brass Quintet (6:15 to 7:45 p.m.) at Goodman's Deli, 400 Springfield Ave.
Make Reindeer Food with the YMCA at Peppertown Park
Make Your Own Ornament at The Tee Bag, 413 Springfield Ave.
Petting Zoo at Sublime Salon & Spa, 206 Sherman Ave.
Photobooth at Anything Floral, 411 Springfield Ave.
Parking: Columbia Middle School on Plainfield with Trolley shuttle to Peppertown Park; more parking offered at 312 Springfield Ave.
Popcorn at Don-Tre Driving School, 495 Springfield Ave.
Popcorn by Robinwood Kitchen at Peppertown Park
Trolley Stop at Columbia Middle School and Peppertown Park
Walk-in Snow Globe at Anything Floral, 411 Springfield Ave.
Warming Stations at Connect One Bank, 512 Springfield Ave. and by Berkeley Swim Club at Peppertown Park
Wine Tasting at Berkeley Wine Co., 500 Springfield Ave..
Presenting Sponsor: The Connell Company, Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights and Grain & Cane Bar & Table
Horse & Carriage Sponsors: Giovanni's Bistro and Bar, Investors Savings, Pearly Whites Family Dentistry, Smith Chiropractic Foundation
Ice Rink & Snow Globe Sponsors: The Connell Company, Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights and Grain & Cane Bar & Table
Trolley Sponsors: DiMaio's and Paul Ippolito Memorial
Reindeer Magic & Miracles Sponsors: Berkeley Development Co., Connect One Bank, The Liberty Group (Moving/Maintenance/Shredding) and Runnells Center
Safety Sponsors: Delicious Heights, Gabriele Fitness, Pine Valley Tree Services and Summer's Boutique
Entertainment Stage Sponsors: AceTwill Inc., TAPinto Berkeley Heights,TD Bank, Union County
Media: TAPinto Berkeley Heights
Print: Anything Floral, Derco Copy and Print, The Tee Bag
Luminary Sponsors: Anything Floral and Berkeley Hardware and Paint
Special thank you to volunteers from the Berkeley Heights Fire Department, Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad, Berkeley Heights Recreation Department, Berkeley Heights Communications Committee, Berkeley Heights Police Department, Gov. Livingston Cheerleaders and all event volunteers.
Anything Floral - $50 Gift Certificate
Berkeley Hardware - Flexible Flyer Sled
DiMaios - $50 Gift Certificate
Hacienda Mexican Restaurant** - $100 Gift Card/Mexican-Themed Basket**
Home For Good Dog Rescue - Beats Pill Speaker
Nikki's Tan** - Globe Trotter Gift Bag, 1 Full Body Airbrush Spray Tan Eau So Lovely Perfume Travel Set, 1 Enamel Pin, Cell Phone Cases Iphone 6s, SunBum, Coconut Chapstick Spf 30, value $150.00
Pearly Whites - Exam, Cleaning and Whitening
PureMovement - One Free Month of Lessons for one class and a Dance Goody Bag!
Robinwood Kitchens** - Complementary Kitchen Design
** -- Business is located outside of Winter Walk area but will have a table and door prize box at Peppertown Park unless otherwise noted.