Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
When the temperature drops, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest transforms Penn’s Landing into a winterized riverfront park.
A cold-weather version of the roller skating oasis Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size ice skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majestically lit holiday tree (utilizing tens of thousands of LED lights!), an outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and plenty more.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest opens seasonally from November through March and serves as an annual favorite among residents and visitors of every age, offering plenty of special events throughout the season as well as daily entertainment, food and drinks.
Blue Cross RiverRink is the only outdoor regulation-sized rink in Philadelphia.
The centerpiece of the waterfront experience remains the Blue Cross RiverRink, the only regulation-sized outdoor ice skating rink in Philadelphia.
A seasonal tradition for more than 20 years, the RiverRink brings skating to Penn’s Landing with spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River.
Admission to the rink is $4 and on-site skate rentals are available for $10. The destination also serves as a fantastic spot for holiday gatherings and hosts free special events on the ice throughout the season.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a popular winterized riverfront park.
— Photo courtesy DRWC
After a few laps on the RiverRink, warm up inside The Lodge Restaurant and Bar, an onsite, ski chalet-style tented space with indoor fireplaces, comfy couches, arcade games and plenty of warmth amidst a rustic atmosphere.
The Lodge offers a slew of tasty options from Philly culinary stars, as well as classic eats like pizza and fries. For libations, enjoy seasonally inspired cocktails and local and regional craft beers.
Adjacent to The Lodge, the Franklin Fountain’s Confectionery Cabin serves up sweet treats — s’mores, ice cream waffle sandwiches, homemade hot chocolate, hot fudge sundaes — at Winterfest.
The Lodge Restaurant & Bar serves up tasty eats from Philadelphia's culinary stars as well as cocktails and craft beers.
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
The Winterfest season kicks off annually on Thanksgiving weekend and continues for more than three months with a full calendar of free entertainment and special events.
Daily, attendees can take advantage of free oversized board games and numerous arcade games, which are available to play for a minimal fee.
Regularly scheduled movie nights and live music hit The Lodge throughout the winter, too.
Visitors can expect more fun around the holidays — during its season, Winterfest is open seven days a week, even holidays — and one heck of a bash for New Year’s Eve in conjunction with the 6 p.m. and midnight fireworks presented by SugarHouse Casino.
General admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is free and open to the public.
Admission to ice skate at the Blue Cross RiverRink is $4 with skate rental available for $10. Independence Blue Cross cardholders and employees receive free skating admission.
RiverRink Winterfest is located on the Delaware River Waterfront at Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street.
The wintertime attraction is easily accessible by SEPTA — the Market-Frankford Line leaves folks just a few blocks away from the winter wonderland.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.
A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year