Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Philadelphia’s largest outdoor ice skating rink and winter wonderland, returns for the season on Friday, November 24, 2017 through March 4, 2018. Open seven days a week, including all holidays, this seasonal winter park, includes a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin, the Kids Lodge with arcade games, and a chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from local restauranteurs.
Blue Cross RiverRink, now in its 24th year as an outdoor ice skating rink and fifth season as Winterfest, is the centerpiece of this magical winter wonderland. The regulation-sized rink offers daily public skating sessions, skate rentals, sharpening, and free season-long events and entertainment. It is made possible by its founding and title sponsor Independence Blue Cross.
The Lodge Restaurant and Bar features a cozy ski-chalet inspired atmosphere with a clear view of the ice skating rink. A wraparound porch built from the original boardwalk at Spruce Street Harbor Park is lined with rocking chairs, cozy blankets and heat lamps for the ultimate in Waterfront luxury on a cold winter night. Inside, The Lodge is furnished with comfortable couches, tons of gathering tables, bistro seating, mantles with electric fireplaces, and decorative touches that transform the Lodge into a warm and inviting space. Visit the Food and Drink section of the website for menu information.
The Kids Lodge features a variety of interactive arcade games. The flooring is made of rubber mats, allowing kids to walk directly from the rink to the play area without having to take off their skates. The Kids Lodge is playfully decorated, and features a variety of games, including small rides, pinball, Skee-Ball, air hockey and more. It’s the perfect place to host a birthday party!
The Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin returns this year, serving house-made hot chocolate (a winter favorite), hot fudge sundaes, ice cream waffle sandwiches, and s'more kits for grilling at the fire pits.
If you're looking for a place to hold an exciting holiday event or party, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest has a variety of rentals available, from the Kids Lodge to celebrate a birthday party, to the rink and Lodge for a corporate holiday party, or even a cabin for a cozy get together.
The winter season at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is full of events for the whole family, from Storytime at The Lodge to Sweetheart Skates. This year's event calendar kicks off with a huge Holiday Tree Lighting on December 1st, with weeky programming througout the entire season. Looking to end 2017 with a blast? Come down to the waterfront for the SugarHouse New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront at 6PM and Midnight on December 31st. Tickets for the Blue Cross RiverRink Parties on Ice will go on sale shortly.