Winter Village in Newark: skating rink, shopping, igloo rental

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Newark Social is transforming downtown Newark’s Mulberry Commons and nearby Ironside Building into winter wonderlands for their upcoming Newark Winter Village event. The event will begin on December 1 and run until January 31. It will include an ice rink, a shopping market and a variety of games and activities. This will be the first time Newark residents will be able to enjoy public outdoor ice skating in their city.

In conjunction with the Newark City Parks Foundation, the non-profit organization Newark Social will host the event with igloos for up to six people, ice skating and other outdoor activities at Mulberry Commons. Shoppers can also head to the nearby Ironside Building to visit the Indoor Holiday Market, which has only Newark-based vendors.

“We’re thrilled to be able to not only provide family-friendly activities in the heart of our city, but also support our local businesses. Newark’s small business community is an integral part of our city’s charm and personality, and so many have been hit hard by the pandemic. We hope this gives them a boost, especially as we approach the holiday season,” said Linda Baraka, event producer for Newark Winter Village.

“It’s exciting to welcome the Winter Village to the heart of our bustling downtown, where families and visitors can gather during this festive season,” said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “We’re especially excited to see people enjoy the rink. This will be the first time our residents will be able to enjoy outdoor public skating right here at their Newark home.”

The Newark Winter Village is open Wednesday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations and tickets are required for ice skate and igloo rentals. Ticket prices for Newark residents and non-residents are as follows:

Ice skating

  • Newark residents: $10 per adult (17 and over), $5 per child (under 17)
  • Non-residents: $15 per adult (17 and over), $5 per child (under 17)

Igloo rental

  • Newark residents: $15
  • Non-residents: $25

“Newark has incredible public spaces, and the Winter Village and outdoor skating rink at Mulberry Commons are our newest star attraction,” said Ricardo Salazar, president and CEO of the Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau is thrilled to have been a part of this exciting project since its inception and as proud sponsors we invite our residents and visitors to experience this delightful winter destination.”

The event is supported in part by corporate sponsors including Prudential Financial, Spring Point Partners, the Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and the Horizon Foundation. A full list of sponsors is available here.

“We are proud to continue our support of Newark Winter Village and the city’s small businesses,” said Shane Harris, vice president of inclusive solutions at Prudential Financial and president of the Prudential Foundation. “This is another great opportunity to engage residents and showcase the best that downtown Newark has to offer.”

Newark’s Tossed NJ Restaurant will be the main food vendor. Free treats and hot beverages from Tonnie’s Minis will also be available to Newark residents, courtesy of Newark Working Kitchens and City Plex 12 Newark. All children who attend the event and live in Newark will receive a free book from the Source of Knowledge bookstore, courtesy of NJPAC.

“NJPAC is thrilled to partner with Newark Social to help organize such a fun, family-friendly event that showcases our city’s beautiful downtown,” said John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC. “One of the things we’re really proud of is that we’re able to provide books to children in Newark who visit the Winter Village and encourage them to love reading.”

Reservations and tickets are available here. All CDC and NJCOVID protocols will be followed, and customers visiting the Holiday Market in the Ironside Building will be required to wear masks while inside.

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