Ice skating comes to Newark Winter Village

Skaters are silhouetted against a magnificent sunset on the Winter Village ice rink located in front of the Prudential Center. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | Advanced NJ Media

This year, Newark rounded off its successful outdoor winter festival by adding an ice rink. Newark Winter Village is located across from the Prudential Center in Mulberry Commons Park. In addition to ice skating, food is available for purchase with the free hot chocolate available. There is also a Holiday Market in the Ironside Newark building across the street and in the park there are games like curling.

Heated private pods or igloos are available for hire for two-hour blocks. Reservations are required for skating and rental of cradles and igloos and can be found online here. Newark residents receive a discount on all of their rentals.

Newark Recreation Director Obalaji Baraka says, “Local residents don’t have to go to Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park to ice skate. People can come get free cocoa and stay in Newark.

Quatisha Bronson says the festival is a beautiful event and that it “is a fun and awesome way to celebrate all the positive things that are happening in the city”.

Newark Winter Village

Members of the Benitez family sip the free hot chocolate as they relax after skating. Newark Winter Village opened at Mulberry Commons Park across from the Prudential Center. This year the festival has expanded to include an ice rink. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | Advanced NJ Media

Newark Winter Village

Newark Winter Village opened at Mulberry Commons Park across from the Prudential Center. This year the festival has expanded to include an ice rink. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Adva

Newark Winter Village

Newark Winter Village opened at Mulberry Commons Park across from the Prudential Center. This year the festival has expanded to include an ice rink. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Adva

Newark Winter Village

Friends Idalis Rodriguez, Miracle Roman, Josmary Amaya and Kaitlyn Catota look at a phone on the ground as they pose for a photo in the park. Newark Winter Village opened at Mulberry Commons Park across from the Prudential Center. This year the festival has expanded to include an ice rink. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | Advanced NJ Media

Newark Winter Village

Matar and Nahiyya look at their phones on the floor as they dance to a Tik Tok video they were filming. Newark Winter Village opened at Mulberry Commons Park across from the Prudential Center. This year the festival has expanded to include an ice rink. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | Advanced NJ Media

Newark Winter Village

Free cocoa is available and pastries can be purchased from Tonnie’s Minis in Newark at the festival. Newark Winter Village opened at Mulberry Commons Park across from the Prudential Center. This year the festival has expanded to include an ice rink. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | Advanced NJ Media

Newark Winter Village

Quatisha Bronson and Arneida Greene pose in a 360-degree photo booth. Newark Winter Village opened at Mulberry Commons Park across from the Prudential Center. This year the festival has expanded to include an ice rink. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | Advanced NJ Media

Newark Winter Village

A group of boys compete in curling. Newark Winter Village opened at Mulberry Commons Park across from the Prudential Center. This year the festival has expanded to include an ice rink. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | Advanced NJ Media

Newark Winter Village

Newark Winter Village opened at Mulberry Commons Park across from the Prudential Center. This year the festival has expanded to include an ice rink. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Adva

Newark Winter Village

Across from the park, vendors sell a variety of goods in the Ironside Newark building. Newark Winter Village opened at Mulberry Commons Park across from the Prudential Center. This year the festival has expanded to include an ice rink. Saturday, December 4, 2021. Newark, NJ Aristide Economopoulos | Advanced NJ Media

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