BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In case you didn’t hear, the beloved fifth annual Berkeley Heights Winter Walk is near. On Saturday, December 7, arrives a Winter Wonderland of fun like you’ve never seen and promises to have plenty of holiday magic abound. This year's event will be held at a new time from 3 to 6 p.m. with the Berkeley Heights Recreation Special Events tree lighting and fireworks show immediately following.
Sponsored by The Connell Company, Embassy Suites, and Grain and Cane along with the Berkeley Heights Business Community, this event is recognized as one of the biggest community events in the surrounding area, attracting thousands each year. Many residents consider the Winter Walk as the ‘kick-off’ to their holiday season and has earned a special place in the hearts of those that attend each year.
Co-chairs Cheri Pertesis and Hilary Boothby of Anything Floral and Bobbie Peer of TAPinto Berkeley Heights are responsible for coordinating the efforts that make the Winter Walk happen. "Thanks to the support of the Berkeley Heights businesses, the Township and Tom Barton of the Recreation Department, we have been able to bring the community together to kick off the holiday season in a big way," said Bobbie Peer. "It's fantastic to see the businesses reaching out to know our community. We have a lot of great people in town -- if we all support each other, we have a better community," said Cheri Pertesis. "And this fifth year won't disappoint, so come out and see what the Winter Walk hype is about," said Hilary Boothby.
Sherman and Springfield avenues will be closed to traffic, making this family-friendly event welcoming to families with children of any age. Each year, people enjoy this free event with live entertainment, fun attractions, face painting, caricatures, arts and crafts and offerings from local businesses.
This year combines favorite attractions like the artificial ice rink (skates available), horse and carriage rides, trackless train, game trucks, bounce house, full slate of performers at the entertainment stage, Princess Elsa and the life size snow globe. Also returning are ice sculptures, a Football Field Goal Challenge, and of course Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the glitzy stilt walking Snow Flakes will be visiting Berkeley Heights to add to the holiday cheer. New this year is laser tag and inflatable hatchet throwing attraction at the Beer Garden at Delicious Heights. In addition, Grain and Cane food truck and Dimaios will be an inviting stop to enjoy their cuisine.
Trolley service will run from Columbia Middle School on Plainfield Avenue to Springfield Avenue, operating from 2:30 to 7 p.m.
Come for the memories, stay for the fun!