Denville NJ Black Friday events to include ice-free skating

Skates or shoes will be needed if you want to shop on Broadway in Denville on Black Friday.

Downtown blocks will be closed to vehicular traffic on the Friday night after Thanksgiving for a 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm “Holiday Open House Ice Shopping” event that will feature an outdoor bar serving “hot grogs” and more. Again.

“I call it the Snowball Lounge,” said Ellen Sandman, a Denville resident who was named executive director of the Downtown Denville Business Improvement District, a nonprofit promoting business in the Broadway area earlier this year. . “There will be libations, and it will be S’mores and hot chocolate for the kids.”

Other family attractions during the event include a holiday photo booth, winter singers and more. But the biggest and most innovative attraction will be an “ice-free” skating rink that will be set up on the expanse of Broadway.

A synthetic 30 by 60 feet "without ice" An ice rink will be erected on Broadway in Denville on Black Friday night, November 26, during a holiday shopping event in downtown Broadway.

“It’s an unusual attraction,” Sandman said. “You don’t need any skates. They’ll have them right there.”

Party Perfect Rentals provides the 30-by-60-foot synthetic skating surface that they claim “allows skaters to glide as easily as on real ice.” The skates come with multiple pairs available in most sizes. Full supervision of staff is included.

“We have used this company for most of our Denville after Dark events,” said Danielle Garvey, manager of the downtown Denville office, who booked the rink rental. “It’s a great company and I always saw that they had this ice free rink and wanted to use it for a while.”

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The COVID pandemic has curtailed promotional activity in downtown Denville, but summer and fall events, including a Pink Witches Girls Party on October 14, have received a positive response, Garvey said.

Many stores and restaurants in Denville will be offering specials during the event and in the future at the start of the holiday shopping season.

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“The next day the street will be open because it’s Small Business Saturday,” Sandman said.

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