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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a can't-miss winter attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, featuring ice skating, food and drink, arcade games and more. Credit: Photo courtesy Matt Stanley for the DRWC


November 24, 2017 – March 4, 2018


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest transforms Penn’s Landing into a winterized riverfront park.

A cold-weather version of the rollerskating oasis BlueCrossRiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majestically lit holiday tree (tens of thousands of LED lights!), an outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.

Now in its 24th year as an outdoor ice skating rink and fifth season as Winterfest, Blue Cross RiverRink is the only outdoor regulation-sized rink in Philadelphia. The experience of Winterfest as a whole is an annual favorite among those of every age, offering plenty of special events throughout the season as well as daily entertainment, food and drinks.

Blue Cross RiverRink

The centerpiece of the waterfront holiday experience is the Blue Cross RiverRink, a regulation-sized ice skating rink. A holiday tradition for more than 20 years, the RiverRink brings daily public skating sessions for those of all ages with spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River.

The ice skating rink features on-site skate rentals, sharpening and free, special events all season-long.

The Lodge Restaurant and Bar

After a few laps on the RiverRink, warm up inside The Lodge Restaurant and Bar, an onsite, ski chalet-style tented area offering indoor fireplaces, comfy couches, arcade games and plenty of heated warmth amdist a rustic atmosphere.

The Lodge also offers a slew of tasty eats and seasonally inspired drinks, like Crabfries from Chickie’s and Pete’s!

The Lodge will also serve up an array of local and regional craft beers and hot cocktails.

For the full menu at The Lodge, click here.

Kids Lodge

Directly across from The Lodge Restaurant and Bar, find the Kids Lodge, housing a variety of interactive arcade games and a selection of small rides. With a floor carpeted in rubber mats, kids can partake in a games like pinball, Skee-Ball, air hockey and more without ever having to take off their skates.

Planning a birthday party? You can do that here, too. Click the button below to learn more.

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Franklin Fountain at Winterfest

Returning for a second season, the Franklin Fountain’s Confectionery Cabin brings a ton of sweet treats to Winterfest this season.

Look forward to a menu of ice cream waffle sandwiches, s’mores kits, floats and seasonal ice cream flavors, hot chocolate and more.

Admission and Hours

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is open seven days a week, from November 24, 2017 – March 4, 2018.

General admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is FREE. Skate rental and admission is not included.

Note: Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, all Independence Blue Cross cardholders receive free admission to the skating rink. Click the button below for hours, admission prices and skate rental prices to the Blue Cross RiverRink.

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For more information about Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, click the button below.

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101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-RINK

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