Public ice skating and lots of festive holiday fun have made their debut in Newark. It’s part of Newark’s Winter Village which features a market with local vendors, pop-up igloos and tons of special wintertime fun.
Newark Social has turned downtown Newark’s Mulberry Commons and the nearby Ironside Building into winter wonderlands for everyone to enjoy. The event runs through January 31. Visitors will enjoy an ice skating rink, a shopping marketplace and plenty of games and activities to keep the family entertained, such as curling.
There are also pop-up igloos you can reserve that seat up to six people outdoors at Mulberry Commons. Over at the Ironside Building, be sure to visit the indoor holiday marketplace, which features only Newark-based vendors.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer not only family-friendly activities in the heart of our city, but to also support our local businesses. Newark’s small-business community is a huge part of our city’s charm and personality, and so many of them were hit hard by the pandemic. This will hopefully give them a boost, especially as we head into the holiday season,” says Linda Baraka, the event producer for Newark Winter Village.
Newark Winter Village is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 3 – 8 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 8 pm. Admission is free, but reservations and tickets are required for ice skating and igloo rentals. Ticket prices for ice skating are $10/adults for Newark residents (17 and up) and $5 per child (under age 17). For non-residents, skating is $15/adult and $5/child.
Igloo rentals are $15 for Newark residents and $25 for non-residents.
Tossed NJ of Newark will be the main food vendor and complimentary sweet treats and hot beverages from Tonnie’s Minis will also be available for Newark residents, courtesy of Newark Working Kitchens and City Plex 12 Newark. All CDC and NJCOVID protocols will be followed, and guests who visit the holiday marketplace in the Ironside Building will be required to wear masks while they are indoors. Reservations and tickets are available here.