Inaugural Winter on Broad Street Event
Sunday, Dec. 9 event to celebrate holiday traditions and fun times
RED BANK, NJ — From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, get ready to enjoy some time-honored holiday traditions and see and experience something that’s never happened before in Red Bank!
You’ll be able to ice skate on Broad Street! And a life-size snow globe will welcome you to Winter on Broad Street.
Thanks to a synthetic ice surface that requires no water or refrigeration, you and your family and friends will have an opportunity to glide across Broad Street between White and Monmouth Streets. Or, maybe you can step inside the nearby 15-foot tall snow globe where you can take a selfie or, for the full snow globe effect, have a friend take your photo from the outside.
You may want to consider wearing festive socks because if you want to step inside the snow globe, you will need to remove your shoes. Groups of up to six people can step into the snow globe for free. Ice skaters can bring their own skates or rent skates at the rink. Skate rental is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Skating sessions are free. All skaters will be required to sign a liability waiver, so children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is able to sign the waiver.
Held on one of the most picturesque downtown streets in America, Winter on Broad Street promises to be a festive experience like no other; offering Holiday shopping throughout town and at the single-day holiday bazaar on Wallace Street. Curated by three Red Bank stores specializing in locally-made and crafted goods (All Things Local, The Artisan Collective, and The Local Line), you are sure to find one of a kind treats that will make perfect, original gifts for friends and family.
Participants are also encouraged to grab a Holiday Word Hunt Puzzle from the VUE Magazine table (next to the Skate Rental stand at 55 Broad St.) which will take them on a festive adventure around the downtown district. The Word Hunt Puzzle will feature a holiday poem that can only be completed by searching for words located in retailer windows. Participants will use clues in the poem to lead them to five retailer windows where they will discover a word to fill-in-the-blank and complete the poem. The first three groups to return their correctly completed poem will receive a Red Bank Gift Card, valid at more than 100 retailers and restaurants in town.
As part of RiverCenter’ Holiday Happenings musical series, The Calvin Ringers from Tower Hill Presbyterian Church will perform at 12:30 p.m. and The Wag will perform at 4 p.m.
Of course, there will also be plenty of delicious food available on and off of Broad Street. Whether you are looking for a quick bite or a sit-down meal at one of Red Bank’s 80 plus restaurants or eateries, you’ll find something to please your palate and your group.
Winter on Broad Street is a new event for 2018 being organized by the borough’s downtown business district, Red Bank RiverCenter. The free event will offer fun for all ages and encourage families and friends to enjoy the holiday lights and activities in Red Bank.
The inaugural winter event is being presented by North Pole sponsor Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center. Snow Angel sponsors for the event are Red Bank businesses: Capitol Securities, Saxum Real Estate and Nemo Tile.
“Red Bank has a wonderful business community that loves and supports our downtown and we really shine during the holiday season,” said James Scavone, Executive Director of Red Bank RiverCenter. “Red Bank’s Christmas tree and menorah are at home in Riverside Gardens Park with a beautiful view of the Navesink River. We want people to visit Red Bank, shop local, eat local, and enjoy our magnificent downtown.”
Visits with Santa Claus will be available on the west side of Red Bank at The Galleria from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 9. And Red Bank’s 12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt will continue through Dec. 24. More info is available at redbank.org.
To make room for the Winter spectacle to roll out across downtown Red Bank, Broad Street, between Monmouth and White streets, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Red Bank RiverCenter has contracted with Artificial Ice Events, the nation’s largest synthetic ice rental company sets up and installs artificial ice surfaces that require no water or refrigeration. The plastic ice surfaces are built around a new technology that closely resembles the skating experience of real ice. AJ Paradis, an ice technician for Artificial Ice Events, says “it is an amazing product and nothing is more nostalgic than people ice skating during the holiday season. It’s great seeing young and old, experienced or beginner smile as they skate on our ice. Its quick set up, low maintenance cost, and its ability to be set up in any climate make it a real winner for holiday events.”
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About Red Bank
Red Bank is an all-season destination to residents and visitors who look to retreat to the New Jersey coastline for relaxation without compromising their craving for culture. The town's rich historical roots, combined with world-class shopping, outdoor fairs, and festivals, are just some of the reason’s families and friends journey to the riverside town. Traditional and contemporary art galleries, award-winning theaters and performing arts venues, gourmet and casual dining, luxury boutique hotels and pristine landscapes exemplify why residents and visitors, near and far, choose Red Bank.
About Red Bank RiverCenter
The Red Bank RiverCenter is a 501c3 not-for-profit alliance of local businesses, property owners, residents, and other stakeholders working to enhance and promote Red Bank’s downtown district as a mid-Atlantic destination for dining, shopping, and culture. RiverCenter helms the town’s Special Improvement District to promote Red Bank businesses through special promotions. Since 1991, RiverCenter has supported the business community by recruiting new businesses to fill commercial vacancies and helping them navigate the various start-up procedures in town. For more information, please visit: http://www.redbank.org/rivercenter/, email [email protected], or call 732-842-4244.