‘Newark Winter Village’ returns for 4th consecutive year

Newark Winter Village is an annual holiday event located in Mulberry Commons Park in the heart of the City of Newark. Image courtesy of Newark Winter Village.

Newark Winter Village has returned to Mulberry Commons Park. Now, in its fourth year, the event will run through Jan. 7 and features on-ice go-karting, an ice-skating rink and carnival games. Visitors also can rent a heated private igloo and enjoy food from local vendors.

“We are thrilled that Newark Winter Village has returned for a fourth year. The event has brought nearly 10,000 visitors to the neighborhood each year, supporting local businesses that are key to the success of Newark,” Linda Baraka, first lady of Newark and event producer for Newark Winter Village, said. “With festive activities for all ages, there is so much holiday cheer in the heart of our city. We hope you’ll join us!”

In 2022, the event drew thousands of visitors to Newark’s downtown district. Located just outside of Prudential Center, the home arena of the New Jersey Devils, the event is presented by sponsors including Prudential Financial, Newark Happening, Newark City Parks and the Morgan Family.

“In Newark, we are always looking for ways to create lasting experiences for families that enhance their quality of life. During the holiday season, Newark Winter Village has become a cornerstone of connectivity for our entire region. We are proud and beyond thrilled to have Newark Winter Village and all of its incredible programming back again for a fourth consecutive year,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said. “Join us for this impactful initiative that brings together families and fun into our vibrant downtown area this holiday season.”

For the 2023-2024 season, Newark Winter Village will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays to Fridays, and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission is free, but reservations and tickets are required for ice skating, go-karting and igloo rentals. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Ice skating (includes skate rentals): $15 per adult (age 17 and up), $10 per child (under age 17), $10 for admission with own skates.
  • Igloo rentals: $50 for up to five people; reservations are for one hour.
  • Go-karts: $20 per person for general admission.

Food and beverages are available to purchase from local vendors including Neighborhood Scoops, Little Tijuana, Fun Services, Best Spudz and Hit da Spot. Additional event sponsors include the city of Newark, New Jersey Devils, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Public Service Enterprise Group, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Berger Organization, Iconiq 777 and Optimum.

“Newark Happening is delighted to sponsor Newark Winter Village,” Ricardo Salazar, CEO and president of Newark Happening, presenting sponsor of the programming, said. “The event serves as a wonderful opportunity to highlight local businesses and share our vibrant city. Downtown Newark is filled with activities and offerings, and we look forward to engaging residents and guests over the next few months and beyond.”