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Farmington NYE event to feature city’s first ball drop

The City of Farmington is preparing for its first New Year’s Eve ball drop. The drop will be part of the Riley Park Ice Rink’s Harry Potter and the Holiday Skate. The event will be December 31 from 8 p.m. until midnight in Downtown Farmington’s Riley Park.
The Riley Park Ice Rink Committee has planned a children’s ball drop at 9 p.m. for those who have an earlier bedtime; the official ball drop will be at midnight. Festivities also include a Horcrux scavenger hunt, costume contest and a few other surprises. Professor Pemberton’s Wands & Accoutrements will be in attendance with items including spell books, magical wands and leather journals; and Clever Creations by Amy will offer fairy garden pieces representing each house along with Harry Potter-inspired gnomes. The Cheese Lady and Dearborn Music will be there as well.
The event venue, Riley Park and the Sundquist Pavilion, is now part of Downtown Farmington’s social district, The Syndicate. This means that adult beverages can be purchased at participating restaurants and bars then brought to the rink for a toast (or two).
Those who choose a warmer option for the evening and attend the 9:45 p.m. showing of Singin’ in the Rain  at the Farmington Civic Theaters, will still have time to catch the ball drop. The movie is scheduled to conclude at 11:28 p.m., just in time to walk down to Riley Park and welcome the New Year.
Other Riley Park Ice Rink events for 2022 include:
  • Glow Skate on Jan. 22 from 7-9 p.m.
  • Star Wars Skate on Feb. 12 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Superhero Skate on Feb. 21 from 2-4 p.m.
The Star Wars and Superhero skates are hosted by the Farmington Community Library.




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