Long Branch's Pier Village is getting a unique addition this fall.
An outdoor ice skating rink will be installed at Festival Plaza on Thanksgiving and will be open through Presidents Day, Feb. 20, 2017.
"We want to kick our winter festivities into the next gear," said Karen Zabarsky, Creative Director at Kushner Companies which owns Pier Village.
Zabarsky said Pier Village's summer events that were geared more toward families were very popular and that Kushner Companies wanted to do something special.
There was an ice skating rink at Pier Village when it first opened, but it used artificial ice. Zabarsky said the new one will use real ice and will be one of the only outdoor rinks at the Jersey Shore.
She said there will be family events at the rink and that the shopping centers merchants will participate by selling things like hot chocolate and other warm treats.