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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Holiday pop-up park on the Delaware River Waterfront

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a can't-miss holiday attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront. Credit: Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

Description

Dates:
November 28, 2014–March 1, 2015, including holidays

Overview

The Delaware River Waterfront is getting into the holiday spirit with the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Building off the success of the summer’s Spruce Street Harbor Park, the revamped holiday 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 pop-up winter garden, the Waterfront Winterfest, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is one of Philadelphia’s must-see holiday attractions.

The winter retreat at Penn’s Landing offers family-friendly activities by day with amazing holiday lights, delicious food and cocktails by night. Continue reading for our guide to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

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, 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.

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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 at the end 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.

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Shopping

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.

Hours

Blue Cross RiverRink and Concession Stand
November 29, 2013–January 5, 2014
Monday-Thursday: 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

December 20, 2014-January 4, 2015
Monday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m.

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
November 29, 2013–January 5, 2014
Monday-Thursday: 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday: 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

December 20, 2014-January 4, 2015
Monday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

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.

Admission

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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