Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Returns With Cold-Weather Fun This November

Enjoy ice skating, seasonal food and drinks, games and more along the waterfront this winter...

As the temperature drops in Philadelphia, winter fun heats up.

Get excited! One of winter’s favorite attractions opens for the season on Friday, November 25 — Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

The popular wintertime attraction opens on Friday, November 25 at 11 a.m. Opening weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Throughout its season, RiverRink Winterfest will be home to DJ-fueled skate nights, a tree lighting ceremony, a beer festival, holiday movie nights and so much more.


  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest opens on Friday, November 25.
  • The full season runs from Friday, November 25, 2016 through Sunday, March 5, 2017.
  • The wintertime attraction promises ice skating, games, seasonal food and drinks and more.

Blue Cross RiverRink and Winterfest

One of the most popular aspects of the waterfront experience remains the Blue Cross RiverRink, a regulation-sized ice skating rink at Penn’s Landing. A holiday tradition for more than 20 years, the RiverRink is a family-friendly outdoor activity with spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River.

Open to the public through March 2017, the ice skating rink features on-site skate rentals, special events and is a fantastic spot for holiday parties.

The holidays arrive at RiverRink Winterfest with a tree lighting celebration, a land-side fireworks show, live performances and more. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest opens at Penn’s Landing on Friday, November 25 with ice skating, food, drinks, fire pits, games and more.

The Lodge

To extend the wintertime attraction beyond ice skating, a winter garden and Lodge surrounding the rink welcomes those just looking to hang out in a winter beer garden-style setup. There will be plenty of seating both indoors and out and a 360-degree deck around the skating rink.

After a day, or evening, of ice skating along the water, the Lodge at RiverRink Winterfest is a welcome respite from the cold air. The Lodge serves food, drinks and even alcoholic beverages that are sure to keep you cozy.

This year, Garces Catering and Franklin Fountain will return to the Waterfront with plenty of winter-appropriate food and drinks ready for purchase. From Garces, expect burger specials, loaded fries (topped with short ribs!), veggie burgers and more. From Franklin Fountain, the menu consists of sweets like make-your-own-s’mores kits, waffle ice cream sandwiches, hot fudge sundaes, seasonal ice cream flavors and more. Plus, this year, Franklin Fountain will serve up sugar-coated nuts and roasted chestnuts from an Italian chestnut roasting cast.

New this year: After a successful summer on the Delaware River Waterfront, Chickie’s and Pete’s will be returning to the Lodge with boneless wings, cheesesteaks, their ever-popular Crabfries and more.

(Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy DRWC)
Enjoy food and drinks from Garces, Franklin Fountain and Chickie’s and Pete’s at RiverRink Winterfest this season.

Getting There and Admission

General admission to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is free and open to the public. Admission to ice skate the Blue Cross RiverRink is $3 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. Click here for more on getting to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting addition to the waterfront.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When:November 25-March 5, 2017
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:General admission, free; skating admission, $3; skate rental, $10


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