Between the huge ice-skating rink and cozy warming tent, Dilworth Park at City Hall was a favorite spot for winter fun last year.
This year, the winter wonderland at Dilworth Park gets a complete overhaul as it returns with more happenings than ever before.
America’s Garden Capital Maze
A giant outdoor maze — America’s Garden Capital Maze — will debut at Dilworth Park on Friday, November 11.
Designed by Groundswell Design Group, the organization behind the verdant Spruce Street Harbor Park and Independence Beer Garden, the winter-only maze promises plenty of space for whimsical exploration throughout the cold weather season.
The expansive maze will be full of thousands of twinkling lights, perennials, willow-branch archways, seasonal trees, shrubs and more. Topiary sculptures from 32 local gardens will be one of the focal points of the maze as an ode to the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make the region America’s Garden Capital.
In the center of the maze, a gazebo — decked out in winter decor — welcomes those who complete the maze.
The maze joins the ice rink, warming tent (which serves up hot chocolate, snacks and boozy drinks) and Made in Philadelphia Market (a holiday market of handmade goods!) at Dilworth Park/City Hall.
Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Cabin
Also on Friday, November 11, the popular Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Rothman Institute Cabin open for the 2016 season. Both the cabin and ice rink are open daily (holidays included!) through February 26, 2017.
Admission to the ice rink is $3 for children ages 10 and under and $5 for adults. Skate rental is $10 per person for those who do not have their own ice skates to bring from home.
For those looking for some food and drinks at the winter wonderland, the cabin offers a range of cocktails, beer and wine in addition to comfort foods like poutine and chili. On Wednesday nights, the cabin will be home to happy hour deals — $5 cocktails, $4 wine and $3 beer — from 5 to 7 p.m.
Beyond the ice rink, warming cabin and wintry maze, Christmas Village moves to the Courtyard at City Hall (due to construction at Love Park) for its 2016 season. The annual open-air winter market fills the courtyard first time ever with dozens and dozens of vendors, warm food and drinks and much more. Stay tuned for more on Christmas Village’s 2016 season.