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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, shopping and family fun. Credit: Delaware River Waterfront Corp.


November 27, 2015–March 6, 2016, including holidays

Note: The information below is from 2014/2015. Stay tuned for more information about 2015/2016 as it becomes available.


The Delaware River Waterfront is getting into the winter spirit with the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Building off the success of the summer’s Spruce Street Harbor Park, the revamped seasonal attraction features ice skating, food and drink, shopping and family-fun on the waterfront.

Expanding on the annual Blue Cross RiverRink and last year’s holiday seasonal winter garden, the Waterfront Winterfest, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is one of Philadelphia’s must-see winter attractions, offering family-friendly activities by day with amazing holiday lights, delicious food and cocktails by night.

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Blue Cross RiverRink

The centerpiece of the waterfront holiday experience is the Blue Cross RiverRink, a regulation-sized ice skating rink at Penn’s Landing. A holiday tradition for more than 20 years, the RiverRink is a family-friendly outdoor activity with spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River.

Open to the public through March 2015, the ice skating rink features on-site skate rentals and special events and is a fantastic spot for holiday parties.

A gorgeous winter garden and forest surrounds this year’s RiverRink complete with holiday trees and shrubs, rustic furniture and fire pits to keep you warm on those brisk winter nights.


Holiday Light Show

Repurposing the dancing lights from the summer’s popular Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest has revamped its holiday light show.

The bright, colorful display features thousands of lights across the park that will be synced to music every 30 minutes (on the hour and half-hour). Keep an eye out for the special magical ending of each show.

The Lodge

After a few laps on the RiverRink, warm up inside The Lodge, an onsite restaurant featuring ski chalet-style heated tents, comfortable seating, indoor fireplaces and refreshments from Garces Events.

Whether you’re skating or just looking for a holiday retreat, The Lodge is a relaxing respite with a menu of tasty bites from Garces Events Executive Chef Adam DeLosso.

Warm up from the cold with a cup of coffee or grab something stronger. The bar at The Lodge features local craft beers, cocktails and spiked hot beverages.

While you take a break from the frosty weather enjoy arcade games, oversized games and ever-changing daily entertainment.



Looking for holiday gifts? Art Star Gallery & Boutique will be bringing a smaller version of their popular Northern Liberties boutique to The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest this year.

Browse a curated selection of gifts and handmade crafts from artists from around the country inside a 40-foot-long, repurposed shipping container.


Blue Cross RiverRink and Concession Stand
January 5–March 1, 2015
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: 1 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

The Lodge
January 5–March 1, 2015
Monday-Thursday: Closed
Friday: 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.-8:30 p.m.


General admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is FREE. Admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink is $3 with skate rental available for $10. Convenient on-site parking is available.

Insider Tip: Independence Blue Cross cardholders and employees get FREE skating admission.

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Market Street and Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-RINK

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