November 25, 2016 – March 5, 2017
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest transforms Penn’s Landing into a winterized riverfront park.
A cold-weather version of the rollerskating oasis BlueCrossRiverRink Summerfest, Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majesticly lit holiday tree (over 100,000 LED lights!), an outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.
Now in its 23rd year as an outdoor ice skating rink and fourth season as Winterfest, Blue Cross RiverRink is the only outdoor regulation-sized rink in Philadelphia. The experience of Winterfest as a whole is an annual favorite among those of every age, offering plenty of special events throughout the season as well as daily entertainment, food and drinks.
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 brings daily public skating sessions for those of all ages with spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River.
The ice skating rink features on-site skate rentals, sharpening and free, special events all season-long.
The Lodge Restaurant and Bar
After a few laps on the RiverRink, warm up inside The Lodge Restaurant and Bar, an onsite, ski chalet-style tented area offering indoor fireplaces, comfy couches, arcade games and plenty of heated warmth amdist a rustic atmosphere.
The Lodge also offers a slew of tasty eats and seasonally inspired drinks. This year’s food options include Winterfest newcomer Chickie’s and Pete’s alongside Garces Group, which returns for the third year. That means, you can warm up with a bowl of tomato soup from the Rink Side Cafe by Garces and enjoy it alongside Chickie’s and Pete’s famous Crabfries with cheese sauce. Score!
The Lodge will also feature two different bar locations during peak times, serving up an array of local and regional craft beers and hot cocktails, such as a Jim Beam bourbon-spiked cider and a vanilla vodka splashed hot cocoa.
Directly across from The Lodge Restaurant and Bar, find the Kids Lodge, housing a variety of interactive arcade games and a selection of small rides. With a floor carpeted in rubber mats, kids can partake in a game of pinball, Skee-Ball, air hockey and more without ever having to take off their skates.
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