Blue Cross RiverRink
20th anniversary of a Philadelphia wintertime tradition at Penn’s Landing
November 29, 2013–March 2, 2014
Lace up your ice skates and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Blue Cross RiverRink, an Olympic-sized ice rink at Penn’s Landing that is a waterfront winter tradition.
A family-friendly holiday activity, the RiverRink features breathtaking views overlooking the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Don’t worry if it’s a little brisk — the RiverRink features a heated pavilion with a snack bar and game room to keep you warm. There’s also plenty of special events to keep you coming back each week — a live DJ is featured every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight to keep you moving.
For the 20th anniversary season of the Blue Cross RiverRink, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is hosting the first-ever pop-up holiday village. The Waterfront Winterfest features a 400-person warming tent complete with a beer garden and menu from Chef George Sabatino along with specialty shops housed in repurposed shipping containers.
Every evening between 5-11 p.m., visitors can enjoy Bright Lights, Big Santa, a 3-D light show accompanied by holiday music. Part of the Waterfront Winterfest—complete with pine trees, fire pits, a heated pop-up restaurant, craft market and other activities—the light show runs every hour between 5:00-11:00 p.m.
Regular skating session hours at the Blue Cross RiverRink are available every 90 minutes:
November 29, 2013–January 5, 2014
Monday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: 1-8 p.m.
New Year’s Eve: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. (New Year’s Eve Party on Ice at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.)
January 6, 2014–March 2, 2014
Monday-Thursday: 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (sled skating and lessons only – reservations required); 1 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink is $3; skate rental is available for $10. Admission is FREE Monday-Thursday before 5 p.m. (December 2-19).
Convenient on-site parking is also available for only $12.
Show your Independence Blue Cross Card to receive a special discount.
To make a reservation for skating lesson or special sled skating instruction for those with disabilities, call (215) 925-RINK
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