PLEASANTVILLE, NJ (December 4, 2017) – Seniors, juniors and everybody in-between were delighted by two holiday festivities Friday, December 1 at the Pleasantville Recreation Center.
The City of Pleasantville hosted its annual Christmas Party and Winter Wonderland events, which drew out hundreds throughout the day. The Senior Citizens Advisory Board kicked off the day at noon with their annual Christmas Party, followed by the city’s tree lighting and gift giveaway at 5 p.m. Both events have been city staples for at least 17 years, according to event organizers.
“There are two things we’re especially proud of: our children and our seasoned citizens,” Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr. said. “When they come here it’s like Christmas morning – you see the smiles on their faces.”
(Pleasantville residents Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Heville (left and right,) with Cecilia Bernheisel December 1, 2017 at the Christmas Party.)
At the Christmas Party, where Pleasantville seniors were treated to refreshments, Christmas music and other spirited holiday fun.
“Our seniors look forward to this every year,” Councilwoman Judy Ward said. “They get a chance to socialize – even if it’s only two times a year, they see each other here and catch up.”
Later in the day, a younger crowd came for the Winter Wonderland and tree lighting celebration. Local residents were treated to food, festive music and entertainment.
Pleasantville resident Andrea Spence and her 14-year-old daughter Aaliyah Alexander were impressed.
“This really gives the community a sense of peace and pride,” Spence said. “It’s truly a showing of everybody’s spirit and togetherness.”
The highlight of the evening was when Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted the excited children, along with a ticket raffle to win a bicycle and helmet.
Twenty-eight bicycles were awarded to lucky Pleasantville youth. Organizers thanked the various local businesses who donated the bikes, while the helmets were donated by the non-profit Pleasantville Police Foundation.
Other entertainment of the night included a performance by the Pleasantville High School Band, a holiday mural contest and more.
(Local youth enjoyed spirited holiday fun December 1, 2017 at the annual Winter Wonderland celebration.)
(Clockwise from left to right: Rose Scott, Margaret Camper-Price, Carolyn Anderson and Edna McGriff celebrate the holiday spirit at the annual Christmas Party, hosted on December 1, 2017.)
(Miss Pleasantville 2017 Vanessa Mathieu poses with Councilwoman Judy Ward on December 1, 2017 at the annual Christmas Party.)
(The Pleasantville High School Band performed holiday songs for those in attendance December 1, 2017 at the Winter Wonderland event.)
(Local youth entered a ticket raffle for a chance to win one of the 28 bicycles available December 1, 2017 at the Winter Wonderland event. The bikes were donated by various local businesses.)
(Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr. shared his holiday spirit December 1, 2017 at the Winter Wonderland event.)