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Waterfront Winterfest at Penn’s Landing

Pop-up winter village on the Delaware River Waterfront


Waterfront Winterfest at Penn's Landing. Credit: Photo courtesy of Delaware River Waterfront


November 25, 2016-March 5, 2017, including holidays

Note: The information below is from 2015. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


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

A cold-weather version of Spruce Street Harbor Park, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with recycled shipping containers, a heated tent, holiday trees, fire pits and plenty of cozy seating.

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.

New For 2015

New this year, the site will include tons more seating both indoors and out, a 360-degree deck around the skating rink, expanded food options from Garces Group and others (think amazing hot chocolates, holiday treats and more), more twinkling lights and awesome new themed events.

Plus, the winter garden will offer the added bonus of brand-new winter warming huts situated around some of the firepits. These cozy shelters, outfitted with seating and heat elements, will make for a perfect base camp for an all-day hangout at Winterfest.

Of course, special events will be announced in the coming months for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Plus, expect one heck of a bash for New Year’s Eve in conjunction with the 6 p.m. and midnight fireworks presented by SugarHouse Casino, as well as other special nights throughout the season, including a winter beer festival.

Photo Tour: Top Reasons You Need To Visit The RiverRink Winterfest

Check out our photo tour of Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest outlining a few of the many, many reasons you will want to visit — and then return to visit again.

Photo Tour of 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. 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.

The ice skating rink features on-site skate rentals and special events and is a fantastic spot for holiday parties.

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 Group.

Whether you’re skating or just looking for a holiday retreat, The Lodge is a relaxing respite with a menu of tasty bites.

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.


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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