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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 25, 2016 – March 5, 2017


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 majesticly lit holiday tree (over 100,000 LED lights!), an outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.

Now in its 23rd year as an outdoor ice skating rink and fourth 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. This year’s food options include Winterfest newcomer Chickie’s and Pete’s alongside Garces Group, which returns for the third year. That means, you can warm up with a bowl of tomato soup from the Rink Side Cafe by Garces and enjoy it alongside Chickie’s and Pete’s famous Crabfries with cheese sauce. Score!

The Lodge will also feature two different bar locations during peak times, serving up an array of local and regional craft beers and hot cocktails, such as a Jim Beam bourbon-spiked cider and a vanilla vodka splashed hot cocoa.

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 game of 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

Brand new this year, 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, drinking chocolate from Shane Confectionery’s Chocolate Cafe and s’mores kits. Warm drinks like hot apple cider, coffee and glogg will also be available, along with seasonal ice cream flavors such as peppermint stick (also available dairy-free), cinnamon, eggnog and hot chocolate.

Franklin Fountain’s Confectionery Cabin is open Thursdays through Sundays each week.

Admission and Hours

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is open seven days a week, including all holidays, from November 25, 2016 to March 5, 2017.

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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Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Looking for a deal when you visit Philadelphia? The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package invites you to stay overnight and score a bunch of awesome perks while you’re here!

When you book our exclusive package, receive FREE hotel parking as well as a variety of welcome gifts. Think free admission and ice skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, two complimentary, untimed tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute, a free Uber ride and more – all included in the winter hotel package. Click the button below to get started.

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