CLARK, NJ – Clark’s Municipal Building was transformed into a winter wonderland on Sunday to celebrate the township’s 14th annual Winter Holiday Festival. Members of the community gathered to kick off the holiday season the Clark way – with lots of fun for all ages.
“I’m at a loss for words,” Clark Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo said. “I love my job and I love doing this for the kids.”
Festival-goers were treated to pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, an ice sculptor, and even a ride on a miniature train. Inside, children could get their face panted and visit with Santa after warming up with hot cocoa and other yummy treats in the cafeteria. The back gym of the recreation center was packed as school choirs lifted their voices in the songs of the season.
The free event was privately funded and made possible by contributions of township service organizations and businesses such as Investors Bank, according to Bernardo.
At the end of the night, one last event sent the crowds home with the warm and fuzzies. Everyone counted down with Mayor Sal Bonaccorso as the township’s Christmas tree and menorah were lit up thanks to help from Santa and an honorary Clark elf.
“I love the town camaraderie,” Bernardo said smiling at the crowd.