Special Events 

Westwood Recreation Department's mission is to provide outstanding experiences and diverse services to all of the borough's residents.  Each program and event presents an opportunity to gain appreciation of Westwood's parks and recreation facilities and encourages family and community involvement.  Our special events add a special hometown touch to annual traditions and celebrations.   See our 2023 Event Flyers below.  

Seasonal Craft Events

Snowmen out of Model Magic, Egg Decorating, Pumpkin decorating -- these are just a few of the seasonal craft events hosted by the Recreation Department and led by our children's art teacher Bernadette Flood of Colorful Warriors.  Children have the opportunity to explore new art materials in a low-key setting with friends, while parents play assistant to their budding artists.  These events are free but do require registration due to limited space.  

Egg Hunt

This annual Springtime event attracts Westwood's youth who are eager for a visit with The Bunny and his friends.  More than 9000 colorful 'hunting" eggs filled with candy and treats are collected by the children.  This fun, festive first outdoor event of the year sets the tone for welcoming Spring and a return to outdoor activities in the parks!

Children's Halloween Parade

Greeting the ghosts, ghouls of Autumn is an annual tradition in Westwood when the Recreation Department leads children on a short parade through town.  Post parade gatherings include candy-bag giveaways, entertainment and other special treats of the season.  2023 Flyer

Make your plans to kick-off your holiday celebrations with a trip to see the 2023 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes on Sunday, November 19th. Tickets for Westwood residents are at $130 per person; $145 per person for non-residents. All tickets include the show and coach bus.  All tickets are in the Orchestra section and can be purchased at the Westwood Community Center at 55 Jefferson Ave. Cash, checks, Visa & Mastercard are accepted.  See flyer below.  

Home For The Holidays Parade

The Westwood Recreation Department and parade planning committee are pleased to announce “Santa’s Elves” as the theme for this year’s Home For The Holidays parade set for December 2, 2023. Local organizations and youth groups interested in hosting a float or marching in the parade can register by filling out a short form at: https://tinyurl.com/HFTH2023 or by emailing Westwood Recreation Supervisor RoseAnn Ciarlante at rciarlante@westwoodnj.gov. Organizations are reminded that insurance is required for participation. Deadline to register is November 15.    Click here for parade rules, registration form, hold harmless agreement and sample certificate of insurance.

Summer Concert Series

The first week of July heralds the beginning of Westwood Recreation's Summer Concert Series.  Attracting music lovers from all over the Pascack Valley, our 50 year old Summer Concert Series, staged in Westwood's historic bandstand in Veterans' Memorial Park regularly "sells out" --- turning the lawny into a jam-packed outdoor festival of singing, dancing and Summer reunions!   Bands range from well-known cover bands of rock, country and pop to nationally recognized tribute bands including Tramps Like Us, the number one Bruce Springsteen tribute band.  

Summer Movies in the Park

Residents of Westwood and nearby towns grab chairs, blankets and their picnic baskets to catch family-friendly films in Veterans' Memorial Park.  Films range from popular animation, nostalgic musicals, recent releases and the occasional cult-classic or sing-a-long.  These Summer films are held in August as the sun sets giving families a break from the heat and an entertaining evening with family and friends, a perfect entry into Fall.  

For more information about our special events, please watch your email and subscribe to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/westwoodnjrec.  

Interested in sponsoring a special event?  Contact Gary Buchheister, Westwood Recreation Director at gbuchheister@westwoodnj.gov.