• Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Night

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Open 7 days a week including Holidays

Dec 20 - jan 4

As the holidays draw closer, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will be extending its hours. That means more time to ice skate, make s'mores, warm up in The Lodge, play some games, and take a photo in the Visit Philly rocking chair.

  • The Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

new holiday hours starting saturday, december 20th. please note that ice skating will be closed on december 22 from 1-8pm.

The Blue Cross RiverRink, Philadelphia’s premiere outdoor ice skating rink, will be the centerpiece of a magical winter landscape known as Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. The regulation-sized rink offers public skating sessions, season-long special events, parties, private functions, as well as skate rentals and sharpening. Surrounding the rink will be a winter garden and forest made of shipping containers, hundreds of holiday trees and shrubs, woodchips, rustic furniture, market lights and fire pits.

The Lodge will be housed within a newly revamped indoor space consisting of two cozy, ski chalet-style heated tents with comfy couches, indoor fireplaces, rustic decorations, and a wraparound porch complete with rockers and heat lamps. Garces Events and their Executive Chef, Adam DeLosso, will bring a winter menu reflective of Chef Jose Garces’ vision for the Blue Anchor, a collaboration which was hugely successful at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Garces Events will operate The Lodge and the Blue Cross RiverRink Concessions Stand for faster, more casual dining options, as well as a coffee shop to meet the needs for a variety of hot beverages on cold winter days and nights. The Lodge will also have a bar serving local craft beers and cocktails, and a variety of spiked hot drinks. Complete menus for the concession stand, restaurant and bar will be available shortly.

The holiday experience would not be complete without a place to buy gifts for family and friends. Art Star will be transforming a 40ft shipping container within the Lodge into their second retail location this holiday season. Shoppers can expect a smaller version of the popular Northern Liberties boutique filled to the brim with a curated selection of gifts handmade by artists from across the country. Visitors can find unique and finely crafted gifts for everyone on their list. The Lodge also features numerous arcade games and oversized games both for rent at a minimal fee or for FREE. With numerous entertainment options, making a trip down to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest becomes an affordable and fun family outing.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will also be home to a brand new light show, featuring the dancing lights from Spruce Street Harbor Park, reset and coordinated with thousands of other lights throughout the site. Playing two shows on the hour and half hour starting at dusk, this musically-synced light show will feature a festive mash-up of color and lights that will bathe the entire site. A surprise, magical ending can be expected at the end of every show.